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 now open for the second year of the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Jeddah

Art Jameel is now receiving applications for the second year of the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Jeddah programme in the heart of Old Jeddah (Al-Balad). The one year-long course in the traditional arts will draw on inspiration from the art and architecture of the traditional houses, with regular field visits to study the rich cultural heritage of Al-Balad. The part-time course will be delivered by tutors from the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Cairo, and local masters, including Ahmad Angawi.

All applicants are invited to complete this short form.  The first phase of applications will close on 18 May 2017.  Shortlisted applicants will be invited to bring a portfolio of their work to an interview by tutors from the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts to be held at the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Jeddah in early June 2017.

The course includes modules in Islamic geometry, patterns and design, nabati ornaments, colour harmony and decorative techniques, woodwork, gypsum-carving and other traditional crafts.  Throughout the year, students will be invited to participate in major arts festivals in Jeddah, including exhibitions, workshops and open studios, and opportunities to volunteer at schools and in workshops for children and the local community.  All students will complete their study with a final project. The final project works will be displayed in an exhibition at the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Jeddah.

Students graduate from the programme with a deep understanding of both the principles and practical application of the traditional arts, furthering opportunities for careers in the arts, heritage conservation, architectural preservation and the creative industries.

For more information on how to apply, email : hta@artjameel.org