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Riyadh on the rise: Christie's features Alãan Artspace

10th January 2015

As she unveils her gallery’s challenging new exhibition, gallerist Neama Al-Sudairi speaks to Chris Mugan about Riyadh’s emerging art scene

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As the focus of next year’s Armory Show in New York demonstrates, the Middle East is clearly a rising force in contemporary art. In Saudi Arabia, this movement has largely been centred in Jeddah, although artists have recently begun to emerge in Riyadh, too, thanks in part to the city’s youngest gallerist.

In 2012, when Neama Al-Sudairi was still in her thirties, she opened the Alāan Artspace to support the Saudi capital’s nascent, proudly Saudi art scene,...

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Art in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Alãan Artspace in Art Asia Pacific magazine

2nd January 2015

Click here to see the full blog article by Wided Khadraoui for January’s issue of Art Asia Pacific magazine, featuring Alãan Artspace.

Saudi Arabia: the enigmatic nation whose norm is always met with incredulous looks. There are family sections in restaurants where single men aren’t allowed to enter. Everyone has apps downloaded onto their smartphones that alert them when it is time for the five daily prayers (according to Muslim customs), as the entire country temporarily shuts down in observance of the ritual. And, yes, the abayas (a robe-like over-garment) is mandatory for women to wear in their everyday life.

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Catching up with Edge of Arabia's Ahmed Mater talking shop with Ehab Mamdouh

22nd November 2014

Click here to see: Artist to Artist: Ahmed Mater Talks Shop with Ehab Mamdouh.

Edge of Arabia co-founder Ahmed Mater headlined the Alāan Artspace events programme of November and December 2014.

Alāan Artspace’s founding director Neama Al-Sudairi explained, “Despite the slight tension between the arts scenes from which they hail, the artists have much in common to discuss. Both were strongly influenced by their mothers, in an industry traditionally inhabited by women. Both occupy that ambivalent world in which contemporary practice explores respect for cultural heritage and religious obedience within modern life.”

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Media release: Bridging the Gulf

16th November 2014

Riyadh versus Jeddah, the old and the new, are brought together, exploring Saudi’s contemporary arts scene – past, present and future

November 16th 2014: Edge of Arabia co-founder Ahmed Mater headlines the Alāan Artspace events programme starting this month. He will be in conversation on Saturday November 22nd with Alāan’s in-house artist Ehab Mamdouh, with translation.

Alāan Artspace’s founding director Neama Al-Sudairi explains, “Despite the slight tension between the arts scenes from which they hail, the artists have much in common to discuss. Both were strongly influenced by their mothers, in an industry traditionally inhabited...

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Alãan meaning Now is Riyadh’s key contemporary forum, at the heart of the city’s emerging arts scene. We foster the city’s growing arts community through exhibitions, event programmes and an important arts library. Through Alãan Projects we integrate arts education and community events with exhibitions showcasing unique local design talent. Our stunning exhibition space is deliberately set at street level, welcoming a relaxed, immersive experience.

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