Ithra prize puts Saudi artists in the frame

Ithra has invited artists in Saudi Arabia to take part in the second edition of the Ithra Art Prize. (Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 02 November 2018
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Ithra prize puts Saudi artists in the frame

  • The winning artist will be announced in January 2019
  • The artwork will also be featured at Art Dubai 2019, a leading international art fair to be held at Madinat Jumeirah on March 20-23

The King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) has invited Saudi and Saudi-based artists to take part in the second edition of the Ithra Art Prize held in collaboration with Art Dubai.
The winning artist will be announced in January 2019 and their work included in Ithra’s prestigious and fast-growing art collection.
The artwork will also be featured at Art Dubai 2019, a leading international art fair to be held at Madinat Jumeirah on March 20-23. The winning artist will receive financial support to develop their proposed work.
Ali Al-Mutairi, director of the Ithra, said: “We look forward to building on our success this year in the field of contemporary art and to showcase Saudi art on the global stage.”
Ayman Zedani, winner of the 2018 edition of the Ithra Art Prize, said: “Being a part of the Ithra Art Prize was an extraordinary experience that allowed me to produce the largest body of work I have ever worked on. I encourage any Saudi or Saudi-based artist who is hoping to push their career forward to submit a proposal for the prize and make use of the great platform that Ithra is offering.”
Saudi and Saudi-based artists can register via Ithra’s website. Registrations close on Dec. 2. Applications are accepted from individual artists as well as collectives and are limited to one artwork proposal per application. The proposal should be for a new original work, exclusive to the center and Art Dubai.


Saudi Shoura Council urges promotion of culture of productivity in families

The Shoura Council holds its first ordinary session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Shoura Council urges promotion of culture of productivity in families

  • The council encouraged the Family Affairs Council to build partnerships with the nonprofit sector to implement its initiatives

The Shoura Council called upon the Family Affairs Council on Tuesday to build and promote the family’s culture of productivity and self-reliance as one of its strategic pillars, and accord top priority to preparing a draft strategy for the family in coordination with the relevant authorities.

The council adopted this resolution during its first ordinary session of the third year of the seventh session, held under the chairmanship of Shoura Council Speaker Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh.

The council encouraged the Family Affairs Council to build partnerships with the nonprofit sector to implement its initiatives, and formulate a scientific description of the characteristics to be instilled in the Saudi family and the enabling supportive environment. 

Assistant Speaker of Shoura Council Yahya Al-Samaan said the council has asked the Public Education Evaluation Commission to focus on leveraging national expertise and to reduce reliance on foreign expertise.

Al-Samaan pointed out that the council made its decision after listening to the views of the members of the Education and Scientific Research Committee on the report submitted by the Public Education Evaluation Commission for the current fiscal year.

On Monday, King Salman inaugurated the third year of the Shoura Council’s seventh session in which he highlighted the Kingdom’s priorities for the coming year and defined the contours of its domestic and foreign policies.

The king pledged to continue the Kingdom’s fight against extremism and all forms of terrorism. He also vowed to support the system of social services and sustainable growth for citizens. 

The speech focused on issues such as the war in Yemen, the Palestinian issue, stability in the oil market, countering Iranian interference in the region and job creation for Saudis.  “The Kingdom will maintain its effort to resolve regional crises,” the king said.

Al-Sheikh noted the council’s pride in the wise leadership’s efforts to unify Arab ranks and promote Islamic solidarity to achieve security and peace in the region and in the world.