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King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture ITHRA scouting for next gen contemporary artists

JEDDAH: King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture ITHRA has launched an artists’ competition set to bring in a new generation of young contemporary artists. The first of its kind, the competition aims to provide a wider platform for more innovation and creativity among the art community. Further enriching and helping transform society to a more art savvy community.
In collaboration with Art Dubai, ITHRA is calling for all Saudi contemporary artists to partake in the competition. The center is intended to foster local talents and present them on an international scale.
Founded in 2007, Art Dubai is a leading international art fair that takes place every March. Art Dubai’s Executive Director Benedetta Ghione said: ‘We are delighted about the collaboration with ITHRA. The collaboration is at its early stages, and we are looking forward to seeing the final outcome of the competition.’
ITHRA will include the winning artwork in its prestigious permanent collection, sufficient funding for developing and shipping fees, and will also showcase their work at Art Dubai from March 21-24, 2018.
“We are excited at the prospect of discovering a new generation of contemporary artists as well as developing existing ones. We look forward to keep inspiring and supporting local talent,” said a representative at ITHRA.
ITHRA, a bold initiative by Aramco, was a specialized center set on to promote cultural development in the Kingdom. Located in Dhahran, the center features an auditorium, library, cinema, exhibition hall and a museum. Its art center features four halls; a contemporary art gallery, an Islamic Heritage gallery, Saudi Heritage and a geology and geography hall showcasing an immersive journey in Saudi Arabia’s topography. The speculated official opening is set for 2018.

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