AlUla Artist Residency Programme

AlUla Artist Residency Programme

Jan - Mar 2023

The AlUla Artist Residency Programme was founded in 2021 as a collaboration between the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) and the French Agency for AlUla Development (Afalula). Its aim was to bring together artists with diverse backgrounds, techniques and mediums and invite them to immerse themselves in the rich culture, history and community of AlUla.

Madrasat Addeera – AlUla’s Arts and Design Centre – will host a presentation of the residency programme to date including photography and video footage of the artists who have taken part. Mabiti – a guest house and home to the programme – will be the venue for an exhibition showcasing the processes and outcomes of the 2023 artists in residence in dialogue with artists from the 2022 residency.

Meet The Artists

Jan - Mar 2023 Residency Artist

Agnieszka Kurant


Polish artist Agnieszka Kurant’s interdisciplinary oeuvre spans installation, sculpture, and film. Residing at an intersection of art and science, her largely conceptual body of work explores how complex social and cultural systems can operate in ways that confuse distinctions between fiction and reality.
 

Jan - Mar 2023 Residency Artist

Ayman Zedani


Through videos, installations and immersive environments, Ayman Zedani explores interactions between humans and non-human worlds. He intertwines his interest in the Gulf region with his investigative practices, invites audiences to observe symbioses between species, and creates narratives open to many interpretations.
 

Jan - Mar 2023 Residency Artist

Ben Elliot


Ben Elliot is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work encompasses digital media, video, installation, and painting. He addresses contemporary themes such as the impact of emerging technologies, the rise of influence marketing, and the formation of socioeconomic trends.
 

Jan - Mar 2023 Residency Artist

Bricklab


Bricklab is a Jeddah-based architecture studio co-founded by brothers Abdulrahman and Turki Gazzaz. Their practice probes the boundaries between art, material research, and built environments and merges technical mastery with conceptual rigour and interdisciplinary design.
 

Jan - Mar 2023 Residency Artist

Manon Wertenbroek


Manon’s work ties together two seemingly disparate dimensions of artistic inquiry. On one hand she explores the human body and its capacity to betray our identity and past. On the other, her affection for techniques and materials drives her to give equal attention to the skills she employs in transforming them.
 

Jan - Mar 2023 Residency Artist

Monira Al Qadiri


Monira Al Qadiri has always been fascinated by the history and archaeology of the Gulf region, particularly of Saudi Arabia where part of her family originates. Monira creates sculptures, installations, videos, and performances exploring the region’s staggering urban and economic development over the last decades.
 

2021 - 2022

AlUla Artist Residency

Six artists from different backgrounds and nationalities participated in the first AlUla Artist Residency: Rashed AlShashai, Sara Favriau, Talin Hazbar, Laura Sellies, Muhannad Shono, and Sofiane Si Merabet.

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Oct - Dec 2022

AlUla Artist Residency

Six new artists with diverse backgrounds and practices are encouraged to bring together a multitude of cultures and media, including visual art, installation, and, for the first time, photography, poetry, and film.

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AlUla Artist Residency Oct - Dec 2022

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