Tashkeeli Washkeelik presented by Hayy Learning Curatorial Fellows

Day one - All sessions in Arabic - Saturday, February 27, 2021, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (KSA time)
Day two - All sessions in English - Saturday, March 6, 2021, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (KSA time)

Hayy Learning Curatorial Fellows present Tashkeeli Washkeelik

Join us for a two-part seminar featuring this year’s Hayy Learning curatorial fellows.

With particular emphasis on creative knowledge preservation,  research into undocumented histories, and the ways in which we can think about archival material, join our fellows in live conversations where they will discuss aspects of their individual research along with expert guest speakers. 

Featuring conversations in both Arabic and English, the series will culminate in a moderated group discussion touching on this revived interest in our region’s creative history.


Upcoming : Day Two (All sessions in English)
Saturday, March 6, 2021

To register and join please click here

Between the Brush and the Archive
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (KSA time)

When asked how he spends his free time, pioneering artist Khalifa Al Qattan stated that he doesn’t believe in the concept of free time, that he spends all of his time “between the brush and the archive”.

This conversation between Abdullah Al Mutairi and Sara Al Omran will delve into the content of Khalifa Al Qattan’s archive and discussion the intent behind his practice of collecting regional visual material.

Panel discussion with Abdullah al Mutairi, Tara Al Dughaither and Wejdan Reda moderated by Art Jameel’s Sara Al Omran
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm (KSA time)


Now concluded : Day One (All sessions in Arabic)
Saturday, February 27, 2021

Streams of knowledge: Notes on Local Alternative Spaces 

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (KSA time)

What is our role as art practitioners in documenting and building the narrative surrounding the art scene, and what are the available tools and methods to contribute to knowledge production?

Focusing on the assemblage and distribution of knowledge, this  conversation between Wejdan Reda — founder of Sahaba, a consultancy agency based in Saudi Arabia — and Rund Al-Arabi — co-founder of Locale, a Sudanese collective focusing on archiving local histories — aims to prompt, rethink, and question the assemblage of knowledge in the art scene.

For the Record: The unknown voices of Saudi folk song
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm (KSA time)

A conversation with a pioneer of Saudi heritage Dr. Hind Baghaffar and writer/musician Kay Campbell, moderated by curator Tara Al Dughaither, around female folk records in Saudi Arabia, tracing their journeys since the 1970s. The conversation will explore new textual horizons for documentation in a transforming nation.


Guest biographies

Rund Alarabi is a multidisciplinary artist and researcher whose work involves the use of various visual mediums such as photography, video, and collage, as well as literary/textual works involving creative and experimental forms of writing. She is a founding member of Locale -a Sudanese art collective. She currently lives and works in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Locale is a Sudanese female-led platform formed in 2016 for the development and support of a home-grown creative effort. Working to challenge the creative community by promoting exploration through designing, exhibiting and collaborating with local artists; with the aim of empowering the Sudanese identity and preserving the culture.

Dr. Hind Baghaffar is an author, Saudi heritage and traditions expert and collector, dubbed ‘Pioneer of Saudi Heritage’, Dr. Hind has been an active contributor to the preservation of Saudi heritage since the mid 70’s with a myriad of public programs including televised documentary series, authored books and theatre performances for women.

Kay Campbell is a writer, researcher, musician, and the co-founder and administrative director of the Arabic Music Retreat. Kay began researching and writing about Saudi women’s music in the 1970’s when she and her husband lived in Jeddah. She is a frequent contributor to AramcoWorld Magazine writing about culture and music and this interest evolved to conducting workshops and seminars around the subject matter at various educational venues in the United States

Fellows biographies and topics of research 

Abdullah Al-Mutairi is researching visual cultures and the notion of the marginal image in relation to modernity circulating online and in formal informal collecting practices in the past while also reflecting upon the tension between the subjectivity of the persons authoring these images and their interpretation. Abdullah is an artist, member of GCC collective and currently the Assistant Gallery Director at Sultan Gallery, Kuwait.

Tara Emad Al-Dughaiter – drawing from her own practice as a vocalist – is researching the experiences of women’s singing practices and rituals in Al Hejaz, Saudi Arabia; thinking of modes that would allow for these diminishing immaterial forms to be self-represented and retrieved into contemporary culture. More about her project can be found at www.sawtasura.org. Tara is an artist and independent curator based in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Wejdan Reda is researching contemporary art canon and critical art discourse in Arabic through the case study of the use of Arabic terminology in interpretation and mediation with sculptural public art projects. Wejdan is a curator, art consultant and the founder of Sahaba.club in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.