Art Jameel issues open call for Saudi Arabia’s eager artists

A digital rendering of the Hayy: Creative Hub. (Art Jameel/ibda design)
Updated 29 April 2019
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Art Jameel issues open call for Saudi Arabia’s eager artists

  • The center will start a new learning program for Saudi artists
  • The program is four-months long

DUBAI: Creative organization Art Jameel has issued an open call for Saudi Arabia-based artists for the chance to take part in an intensive learning program to take place between September-December, 2019.

The learning program, called “Navigating the Contemporary Art Scene,” will be led by international curators, museum directors and regional artists, who will teach workshops, deliver lectures, set readings and guide exhibition and studio tours. According to Art Jameel, it designed to be a transformative opportunity for artists who wish to attempt a full-time career in the arts.

The program includes lectures, seminars, workshops and readings, which collectively familiarize artists with the cultural landscapes of Saudi Arabia and the region. Topics covered range from understanding regional art histories, the art market and marketing arts practices, to application writing, legal matters and staying up-to-date with global trends in contemporary art concepts and curation practices.

The course will take place in advance of the launch of the Hayy: Creative Hub in 2020 at partner venues in Jeddah.

The deadline for applications is July 5, 2019.

A four-month-long program, the course is structured so that three modules are delivered over a combination of private and public lectures, seminars, workshops, focus groups and field trips. Three intensive, week-long sessions in September, October and December are accompanied by digital resources and assignments.

According to Art Jameel, “Navigating the Contemporary Art Scene” is open to artists based in Saudi Arabia who are over the age of 24 and are looking to develop a full-time career in the field. Applicants should if possible have a university degree and strong, bilingual communication skills.

For more information visit www.artjameel.org.


Parfums Christian Dior removes Bella Hadid campaign images in some UAE malls

The move follows uproar on social media last week after the 22-year-old model committed a seemingly innocuous faux pas on social media. (AFP)
Updated 26 June 2019
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Parfums Christian Dior removes Bella Hadid campaign images in some UAE malls

DUBAI: Images of US-Palestinian model Bella Hadid have been pulled down in some Dior outlets in the UAE, according to local media reports.

The move follows uproar on social media last week after the 22-year-old model committed a seemingly innocuous faux pas on social media. It all kicked off when the 22-year-old supermodel uploaded a photo to her Instagram Stories on Monday, showing her boot pictured in front of an Emirates plane and a Saudia plane.

The hashtag #BellaHadidIsRacist started trending as some social media users felt the model was being disrespectful, but she quickly took to the Internet to set the record straight, saying “this was an honest mistake on an early morning” in a tweet.

However, some social media users demanded that her campaign images in the region should be pulled.

“For appeasement, Parfums Christian Dior has removed its visuals of Bella Hadid in The Dubai Mall,” a spokesperson told local media outlets in a released statement this week.

“Thanks for your concern,” The Dubai Mall wrote on Twitter in response to the demands on social media. “We ensure you that our nation and region’s cultural sensitivities are respected. We have brought the matter to the attention of the retailers concerned to take appropriate steps.”

Meanwhile, Mall of the Emirates, another favorite Dubai, tweeted: “Hello, a recent incident with a model for one of the brands at Mall of the Emirates is in no way associated with the mall, and does not reflect our values.”