Opened in 2015 in a traditional coral-stone house in the heart of the Old Town (Al-Balad) of Jeddah as a partnership between Art Jameel and the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Jeddah is a major educational institute that teaches Islamic geometry, patterns and design, nabati ornaments, colour harmony and decorative techniques, woodwork, gypsum-carving and other traditional crafts within the rich architectural heritage of the Old Town.
JHTA/J students – about 20 each year – are taught a one-year programme developed and delivered by the Prince’s School, according to the same principles and standards as the postgraduate courses of the original London school. JHTA/J also engages with the local community through a calendar of public workshops and evening classes, and participation in the lively festivals of the Old Town.
With strong ties to the historic buildings of the Old Town and the richly cosmopolitan past of Jeddah, JHTA/J is at the very centre of efforts to preserve the Old Town, its ancient traditions, and its unique way of life.
Applications for the 2017-18 year at JHTA/J have now closed; please follow our news here and on social media for further news of additional places, courses and updates.
End-of-year exhibition opens June 6, 2017
The Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Jeddah celebrates the end of its first full year with an exhibition by participating artisans. The exhibition opens June 6 and runs through June 15, open 9:30 pm to 1 am daily.
For their final project, participants worked for a month on a single piece, drawing on the different modules and crafts they have explored throughout the year, each creating a major work of art in the language of the traditional arts. Works on display range from gypsum and wood carvings, paintings and ceramics to whole tables, all made using traditional techniques and inspired by the Old Town of Jeddah.
To visit: the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Jeddah is behind Al-Mimar Mosque off Al-Dahab Street in the Old Town – see the location here. You can find parking along Al-Dahab Street, from where it is a 2 minute walk to the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Jeddah. The exhibition is free and all are welcome.
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