The final 20 artists selected for the Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium

Riyadh — Following an overwhelming response to Riyadh Art’s open call for applications, the final 20 sculptors have been selected for the 3rd edition of the Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium (TISS).

More than 400 sculptors from 71 countries have applied to take part in the initiative, which takes place in Riyadh from November 10 to December 6. The 20 selected artists will create black and white beaded marble sculptures in a living setting that will open the creative process to the public of the JAX district in Riyadh, against the historic backdrop of Ad Diriyah, the birthplace of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The completed works will be exhibited from December 2-6 before moving to various outdoor locations across the city, continuing Riyadh Art’s mission to transform the city into a gallery without walls. This year’s theme is The Poetics of Space, which explores the links between matter and emptiness, light and shadow. There will also be a varied program of public talks and events running alongside the live art.

Khaled Al-Hazzani, Artistic Director of Riyadh, said: “Participating artists will produce beautiful sculptures that manifest poetry in motion and create their own space while being in harmony with their surroundings.

The goal is to enrich the city by bringing art to neighborhoods, parks and public squares to broaden understanding and appreciation of international art, educate and effect change, as well as creating a platform for intercultural dialogue.

The 20 artists are: Alessio Ranaldi, Italy; Aleksandar Eftimovski, North Macedonia; Ali AlJabri, Oman; Anna Korver, New Zealand; Ana Maria Negară, Romania; Anna Rasinska, Poland; Antonio Vigo, Spain; Carlos Monge, Mexico; Damjan Komel, Slovenia; Fernando Pinto, Colombia and Georgi Minchev, Bulgaria.

It also includes, Haider Alawi Al-Alawi, Saudi Arabia; Isabel H. Langtry, UK and Spain; Jhon Gogaberishvili, Georgia; Jo Kley, Germany; Kim De Ruysscher, Belgium; Mohammed Al Thagafi, Saudi Arabia; Nando Alvarez, Spain; Rajaa Alshafee, Saudi Arabia and Wafaa Al-Qunibit, Saudi Arabia.

TISS is curated by Ali Jabbar, an accomplished multidisciplinary artist with 40 years of sculpting experience, who also helped select the artists alongside a panel of experts.

The panel includes: Cristiana Collu (Director of the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy); Nicholas Cullinan (director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, UK); Yuko Hasegawa (director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art); Marina Loshak (director of the Pushkin National Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia) and Eike Schmidt (director of the Uffizi Galleries, Florence, Italy).

TISS will also offer an educational program, welcoming visits from schools and universities while the sculptures are made, providing students with access to materials, skills, tools and techniques, and encouraging teachers to consider how sculpture can be meaningful, rewarding and rewarding.

There will also be 12 round tables and discussions led by personalities, artists and practitioners working in the field of sculpture and public art.

TISS is Riyadh Art’s second public art program, following the success of the inaugural edition of the Noor Riyadh Light and Art Festival, which welcomed 330,000 visitors to 13 venues in Riyadh earlier this year.

Riyadh Art comprises over 1,000 public art installations spread across 12 programs with the aim of bringing art to residential neighborhoods, gardens and parks, plazas and public spaces to create one of the cities most most livable, environmentally friendly and sustainable in the world, according to Saudi Arabia. The goals of the Arabian Vision 2030.

Riyadh Art was started by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman, and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman to transform Riyadh into a gallery without walls. —SG

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