Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

A land that inspires artists

Everywhere you look in AlUla, wondrous inspiration can be found — in its organic, red-rock shapes, its flourishing green palms and the startling contrast of bright blue sky against desert landscapes. From contemporary artists projecting light against the rocks to locals studying traditional handicrafts, the spirit of the arts lives in this valley.

Several programs are underway to bring the distinct arts and culture of the ancient Nabataeans and other historic residents of AlUla to visitors, including ceramics, leather, textiles, stone-carving and more. At Madrasat AdDeera, artists are learning heritage design principles and geometries, while at the same time evolving techniques to their own artistic sensibilities.

In addition to the traditional arts, contemporary artists are finding creative ways to express themselves amid AlUla’s extraordinary landscape. Desert X 2020 brought 14 contemporary art installations from acclaimed artists to AlUla that complimented the region's magnificent landscapes and storied heritage. AlUla has also hosted world-class entertainment and events, such as The Winter at Tantora Festival which featured light shows, art installations from renowned artists like Yayoi Kusama and concerts from global sensations like Enrique Iglesias, as well as a performance by maestro Andrea Bocelli at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hegra.

The near future promises extraordinary exhibitions and installations, art walks, artists’ residencies and galleries, and other events that celebrate AlUla’s distinct artistic heritage.

FAME: Andy Warhol in AlUla


FAME: Andy Warhol in AlUla brings together some of Warhol’s most iconic artworks at the award-winning Maraya from 17 February to 16 May, 2023, featuring paintings and prints of Hollywood stars, sporting legends and musicians and his groundbreaking Silver Clouds.
 

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Silkscreen Studio


Free and open to the general public, families, and kids of all ages, learn about this unique style of art made famous by Andy Warhol. Visitors will create handmade silkscreen printed artworks in the pop art style at the new Madrasat Addeera Silkscreen Studio.
 

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Madrasat Addeera Workshops


Discover the traditional arts and crafts of AlUla through Madrasat Addeera. Free weekly workshops are offered by The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts on a wide variety of topics; all ages and skill levels are welcome.
 

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Wadi AlFann


Wadi AlFann, meaning ‘Valley of the Arts’, is an awe-inspiring new global cultural destination for contemporary art. Era-defining works by some of the most compelling artists from around the world will be permanently placed in the monumental landscape of AlUla.
Opening in 2024.
 

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AlJadidah


Explore AlUla through a different lens in AlJadidah. Whether it’s art galleries and workshops or retail pop-ups and food trucks, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
 

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Desert X


Under the theme of Sarab, 15 featured works explored ideas of mirage and oasis, both intrinsic to desert history and culture. Invited to consider these ancient concepts, participating artists responded with new works that addressed dreams, camouflage, fiction, dis/appearance, extraction, illusion and myth.
 

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Past Art Exhibitions


See how AlUla is leading the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s mission to become a globally recognised centre for arts and culture, and a hub for cultural tourism and the exchange of ideas.
 

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AlUla Artist Residency


AlUla has long been a place that has harboured artists, inspired by the layered cultural heritage of the region, its spectacular landscapes and varied nature, and the character of AlUla’s people to create distinctive and compelling works. Now, AlUla hosts artists and cultural producers across continents in immersion-based programmes with the aim of delivering exceptional artistic experiences for participants, visitors and the community.
 

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