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 for the 2018-2019 programme at the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Jeddah are open from April 1, 2018 and will close on May 13, 2018.
All artists are welcome to apply – from the enthusiast to the established – and are invited to complete a short form available here.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to bring a portfolio of their work to an interview conducted by tutors from the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, held at the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Jeddah on May 22 and 23, 2018.
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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