Saudi Modern Art Patronage

Sylvia Smith reports for BBC on Jeddah Art Week:

The first city-wide showing of contemporary artworks by established as well as young, unknown artists mostly from the Arabian peninsula demonstrated that Jeddah has been transformed into an important centre for contemporary art through private enterprise.

According to Mohammed Bahrawi, founder of the organization Arabian Wings and co-curator of the exhibition Limited Edition 2, the week represents the culmination of significant private sector funding that has been poured into the kingdom’s arts and artists.

“This exhibition links 10 years of patronage by the Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives to these fresh opportunities to nurture new talents,” he explains. “We sold 90% of the artworks within 24 hours and that is a good start on which to build a future.”