Hayy:Learning is a community educational platform for artists and creatives based in Saudi Arabia.

Through bespoke courses, workshops and public talks, Hayy:Learning nurtures talent, skills and knowledge development, across art, film, theatre, music and beyond. The programme will be delivered at Hayy:Creative Hub, Jeddah once the complex opens in winter of 2020-21; meantime, in 2019, Hayy:Learning’s visual arts strand will be delivered at partner venues in Jeddah.

Hayy:Learning – Navigating the Contemporary Art Scene

In advance of the launch of Hayy:Creative Hub in the winter of 2020, Navigating the Contemporary Art Scene was designed to respond to the needs of the Saudi arts scene and support emerging and upcoming Saudi-based artists in developing their skills and career-development, and tracing local and regional arts histories. It took place over the course of four months from September to December, 2019.

Through an open call, the 15 following participants were invited to join the programme by sharing their insights and practices. The participants included: Ahmed Sofi, Ammar Jimman, Ayman Daydban, Aziz Jamal, Balqis Al Rashed, Bashaer Hawsawi, Daniah Alsaleh, Fai Ahmad, Joud Fahmi, Khaled Al Tubaishi, Majed Angawi, Maisa Shaldan, Meshaal Alzeer, Moath Alofi and Zainab Mumtaz.

Sessions were delivered by local, regional and international guest tutors including artists, curators, gallerists and other practitioners, supported by locally-based bilingual Art Jameel tutors. Visiting tutors and speakers included: Abdulnasser Gharem, Abdulrahman Gazzaz, Antonia Carver, Claire Davies, Dawn Ross, Dr. Lina Kattan, Dr. Zahra Al Ghamdi, Kevin Jones, Lana Shamma, Manal Al Dowayan, Maryam Al Dabbagh, Maya El Khalil, Monira Al Qadiri, Nahla Al-Tabbaa,  Pablo Del Val, Salma Tuqan, Sara Al Omran, Soundouss Abousekhra, Turki Gazzaz and Uns Kattan.

Future Hayy:Learning editions

Art Jameel plans to launch the next Hayy:Learning programme in the spring of 2020. More information about the next edition’s theme and application process will be announced soon.

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