The Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Jeddah

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 Foundation School of Traditional Arts, the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Jeddah is a major educational programme that focuses on 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.

One-year programme

JHTA/J participants – about 20 each year – undertake a one-year programme developed and delivered by the Prince’s Foundation 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.

Preserving cultural heritage

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 to the 2018-2019 programme at the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Jeddah have now closed.

Applications for next year’s programme will be announced in April 2019. Please check this website and follow us on social media for more information.

The annual open programme of short workshops runs throughout the year. Workshops will be announced on the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Jeddah social media.


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.


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A film by Ian Skelly demonstrating the work of The Jameel House of Traditional Arts in Jeddah as it delivers a programme devised and run by the Prince of Wales's School of Traditional Arts in partnership with the Saudi Arabian Society for Arts and Culture.