With its well-rounded series of activities for all ages and audiences, Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale’s Public Program inspires creative dialogue across cultures while enhancing and supporting the local ecosystem and lays the foundation for sustainable, long-lasting engagement.
The program draws inspiration from the biennale exhibition, and the art and culture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and beyond, facilitating educational explorations and the sharing of knowledge and best practices with access to leading voices in the field.
The Public Programs has presented a series of talks that brought together experts from the art world to exchange knowledge and expertise on a variety of exciting and relevant topics that impact the larger cultural ecosystem today. The event ran from 11th of December to the 15th, the opening week featured local, regional, and international voices including: Simon Denny, Abdullah Al Othman, Sam Bardaouil, Geof Oppenheimer, Ahmed Mater, Todd Reisz, Manal Al Dowayan, and many others. Here is where you get inspired by our speakers and enjoy listening to artists participating in the Biennale speaking about their works!
Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale has launched its panel series with a unique session featuring the CEO of the Diriyah Biennale Foundation and the team that made the first edition possible. The following sessions featured unique conversations between artists with similar philosophies and intersecting practices including Dr. Zahrah Al Ghamdi and Sir Richard Long, Lulwah Al-Homoud and Han Mengyun, Ayman Zedani and Timur Si-Qin, among others. The panels aim to create opportunities for ongoing cross-cultural dialogue and enriching conversations that transcend borders and celebrate diverse perspectives.
Creative Experiences at the biennale are centred around developing new communities and networks by engaging audiences in fun and lively activities, such as film screenings, open mics and storytelling sessions, quiz nights, as well as opportunities to explore new ideas and concepts with artists at our coffee mornings.
With an emphasis on the need for meaningful, healthy debate that considers diverse perspectives, DB Debates provide a platform for unprecedented, powerful and open discussions between art professionals, enthusiasts, and the general public.
Many people have joined us and they were part of the Biennale’s masterclasses led by established arts organizations, such as Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Urban Arts Projects (UAP), and designed to help artists and art professionals propel their growth within the art and culture sector with both theoretical and practical courses vital to the Kingdom’s art scene today.
The camp experience offered stimulating activities for kids from age 7 to 16. The camp’s all-day activities focused on arts and crafts classes as well as design-thinking and problem-solving exercises to promote emotional, physical, and mental strength and intelligence through creative empowerment.
Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale’s school visits offer students the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the arts and enhance understanding of both art and expression. A key pillar in supporting the integration of art into core culture, these meticulously crafted tours provide a well-rounded education for the next generation.
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Designed for all ages, our engaging and educational workshops, range from 1-hour activities through to 3-day immersive sessions, covering subjects from theory and creative development through to applied arts and crafts techniques.
Wadi Cinema is a new film screening space that is sponsored by Muvi and Telfaz 11 and is uniquely situated in the Biennale overlooking JAX district and Wadi Hanifa. Wadi Cinema showcased a variety of international and local films, and hosted panels for directors, actors, and critics to highlight the art of film-making in its various forms and to discuss the context of production in the Arab world. Here is where you learn more about how art and cinema are interwoven and turns a film into a classic that can stand the test of time.
DB (Diriyah Biennale) Art 101s are a series of introductory talks on foundational concepts in art and culture led by specialists in the field. What is contemporary art? What is the role of a curator? What is art law? What is a biennale? Experts have provided answers to these and other key topics essential to the growth of the art and culture sector in the Kingdom.
Here is where you widen your arts and culture knowledge base by understanding the many aspects of the flourishing art and culture sector.