Misk sculptors leave their mark on Riyadh

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Visitors at the Misk International Sculpture Symposium. (AN photo/ Bashir Saleh)
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Misk Arts 2018 offers an opportunity for artists to develop professionally in various areas by promoting education through interactive discussions. (AN photo/ Bashir Saleh)
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Misk Arts 2018 offers an opportunity for artists to develop professionally in various areas by promoting education through interactive discussions. (AN photo/ Bashir Saleh)
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Misk Arts 2018 offers an opportunity for artists to develop professionally in various areas by promoting education through interactive discussions. (AN photo/ Bashir Saleh)
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Misk Arts 2018 offers an opportunity for artists to develop professionally in various areas by promoting education through interactive discussions. (AN photo/ Bashir Saleh)
Updated 02 November 2018
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Misk sculptors leave their mark on Riyadh

RIYADH: Professional sculptors from 13 countries are leaving no stone unturned as they create original artworks in Riyadh as part of the Misk International Sculpture Symposium.
The 21 sculptors have gathered in the Saudi capital to create art pieces from locally sourced marble blocks during the three-week project.
Artists from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan, Spain, France, Italy, Mexico, China and South Korea are taking part in the symposium. The sculptors worked on black and white stone sculptures.
The symposium, curated by Saudi sculptor Ali Al-Tokhais, will continue until Nov. 3.
Al-Tokhais told Arab News that his artistic beginnings began when he was a student. “At the last elementary stages, I became passionate about art. I involved myself in activities that were happening in Al-Dawadmi City. During my intermediate school period, my interest in art increased and I continued to take part in more activities.
“The Institute of Art Education for Teachers was the only means for me to satisfy my taste, to enjoy and to refine my talents.”
Al-Tokhais attended a course for Saudi sculptors in Al-Dawadmi and, later, took part in national and international events.
Now, with almost 40 years’ experience as an artist, he said: “The sculptor does not stop at any material — whatever material is available he must adjust himself with. The marble and granite mountains near the city of Al-Dawadmi gave me the freedom to use marble. It is a beautiful material, and when polished it gives amazing results.”
Al-Tokhais said the symposium had been formed “because we were keen to bring sculptors to add international creations in Riyadh.
“The Misk Foundation commissioned me to research, prepare and supervise this symposium. We chose a group of distinguished sculptors on an international level. And in a short time, we were able to produce about 21 sculptures by artists from around the world.”
Misk Arts 2018 offers an opportunity for artists to develop professionally in various areas by promoting education through interactive discussions. It also allows for the exchange of skills and direct learning in areas such as design, painting, music, architecture and filmmaking.


Yemen govt to attend peace talks in Sweden, Houthis halt missile attacks

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Yemen govt to attend peace talks in Sweden, Houthis halt missile attacks

  • The Iran-backed rebels ordered the cessation of rocket and drone attacks
  • It cessation was done at the request of UN special envoy Martin Griffiths

DUBAI: The legitimate government of Yemen has agreed to participate in the peace talks set to be held in Sweden “soon,” Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said during his opening speech at the Kingdom’s Shoura Council on Monday. 

The Kings statement came hours after a senior leader of the Houthi militia said the group would stop firing missiles into Saudi Arabia for the sake of peace efforts.
The Houthi leader, Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, said the Iran-backed rebels ordered the cessation of rocket and drone attacks on the Saudis and forces loyal to coalition member the United Arab Emirates at the request of UN special envoy Martin Griffiths.
The statement was carried by militia-controlled media early on Monday.
Griffiths announced on Friday that both sides had agreed to attend talks in Sweden “soon” aimed at ending the three-year war. The announcement followed an informal de-escalation last week around the key port city of Hodeidah.
At the time Martin Griffiths told UN Security Council members: “This is a crucial moment for Yemen.”