Saudi Ithra Artist Open Call uncovers new talent

Saudi Ithra Artist Open Call uncovers new talent
A general view of the Ithra center in Dhahran in Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Updated 14 December 2020

Saudi Ithra Artist Open Call uncovers new talent

Saudi Ithra Artist Open Call uncovers new talent
  • Empowering the Kingdom’s artists is a core mission not only for Ithra but for the entities that focus on providing artists with the framework they need to strive, support and add to the Saudi art scene

JEDDAH: A new artist has been added to the flourishing Saudi scene as the Kingdom’s leading creative organizations continue to support new talent.
Wala Fadul, a graphic designer and artist, topped the list of 11 selected from 158 entrants in the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) Artist Open Call program, which aims to support artists’ practice through development sessions and workshops led by contemporary experts.
Fadul, a master’s graduate in graphic design from the University of Edinburgh’s college of art and currently a lecturer at the Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University, described her participation in the program on her alumni’s website as “the juncture for me to finally become a practicing artist.”
Fadul highlighted that such programs are a chance for emerging artists to work outside their comfort zone and fully develop their talent.
“As an artist, a designer and a creative person who is not used to working alone, I wanted to be open to new opportunities and challenges, especially after months of closure cause by the Covid-19 pandemic, and Ithra was the ideal place to offer me that.”




Wala Fadul

Fadul’s installations will be featured as part of Ithra’s contemporary exhibition “Seeing and Perceiving,” set to open in March 2021.
Ithra’s second Artist Open Call involved the shortlisted artists in a five-day virtual training program that included last year’s winner, Saudi artist Aziz Jamal, and included an art writing workshop, as well as activities and lectures in contemporary art.
Empowering the Kingdom’s artists is a core mission not only for Ithra but for the entities that focus on providing artists with the framework they need to strive, support and add to the Saudi art scene.
The jury panel comprises recognized names in the art industry, including curators and artists.
The jurors included the director of Art Jameel, Dubai’s contemporary art museum, Antonia Carver, Nada Sheikh-Yasin, director of 21,39 Jeddah Arts, Saudi artist and writer, Abdulrahman Al Soliman, head of museums at Ithra, Laila Al-Faddagh and Candida Pestana, curator of contemporary art at Ithra.


Dr. Iman Al-Mansour, assistant professor at the Institute for Research and Medical Consultations in Dammam

Dr. Iman Al-Mansour, assistant professor at the Institute for Research and Medical Consultations in Dammam
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Dr. Iman Al-Mansour, assistant professor at the Institute for Research and Medical Consultations in Dammam

Dr. Iman Al-Mansour, assistant professor at the Institute for Research and Medical Consultations in Dammam

Dr. Iman Al-Mansour is an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Institute for Research and Medical Consultations (IRMC), affiliated with Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU), in Dammam.

Al-Mansour led many research projects from conception to execution at the department of epidemic diseases research at IAU and supervised graduate students and junior scientists.

She acted as the principal investigator on a number of key research projects related to the development of nucleic acid-based vaccines, the establishment of several virus bioinformatics databases and analysis resources, and virus immune monitoring studies.

Al-Mansour believes that investment in vaccine research is an important step to combat epidemics and pandemics caused by new viruses. This is followed by the localization of the manufacturing of vaccines and biological medicines.

She served as a Ph.D. researcher at the nucleic acid vaccine (NAV) lab at the University of Massachusetts, US, where she conducted rigorous research in the design, generation, and testing of DNA vaccines expressing HA’s of influenza (H1N1) strains.

Al-Mansour’s research is focused on cutting-edge technology to develop prophylactic vaccines against emerging and re-emerging viruses.

She earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and biotechnology from the University of Massachusetts, US, and a master’s degree in clinical laboratory sciences from the University of Rhode Island, US.

Al-Mansour received her bachelor’s in medical laboratory technology from IAU.

She is also an academic member at the European Virus Bioinformatics Center (EVBC), Germany, and a member at the International Society for Global health (ISoGH), in the UK.