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.
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.
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 2019-2020 one-year traditional arts programme are now closed.
Check back here and follow us on social media for updates on our public programme of short workshops throughout the year.
Applications to the 2020-2021 one-year programme will be announced in spring 2020.
The annual end-of-year show is now open at the Jameel House, with works of craft and design by the 14 participants in the one-year traditional arts programme. The show is open April 30 – May 4, 10am-1pm and 5pm-9pm; closed on May 5; and May 6-11, 9pm to midnight. For more information, see here.
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