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Catch amazing artists in action at Tuwaiq Sculpture in Riyadh

The art festival includes creative workshops and panel discussions.

It’s time to paint the town, as an exciting art festival is taking place across Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Tuwaiq Sculpture runs until 10 February, and gives visitors the rare chance to see artists create works of art. During the event, there will be 65 activities including interactive workshops and panel discussions.

Now in its fourth year, Tuwaiq Sculpture is part of Riyadh Art, and aims to turn the city into a gallery without walls. The festival brings together 30 exciting local artists from Saudi Arabia and around the world. This year, the event has been curated by Marek Wolynski and explores the theme Energy of Harmony, which is inspired by the characteristics of human existence.

What makes Tuwaiq Sculpture unique is that visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at artists in action. The artists will produce large-scale sculptures out of raw blocks of granite, which will become permanent artworks across the city. Visitors can see the live sculpting and join tours from 10am to 5.30pm daily until 2 February, and guests must book in advance. 

If you’re feeling inspired, you can join sculpture workshops. In the Traditional Doors Art workshop, you can learn about Saudi Arabia’s old wooden doors and carve out a design. In the Foundations of Sculpting, you can create an old-school selfie, as it teaches you how to create eyes, ears, nose and lips. 

Tuwaiq Sculpture

Other workshops include jewellery making, metal wire sculpting and gypsum sculpting. Plus, panel discussions range from the history of Saudi stone, to stone engraving and its history in the kingdom.

The events take place in Durrat Al Riyadh and at the Riyadh Art space at JAX District. The completed artworks will be on display at Durrat Al Riyadh from February 5 to 10, 2023. Get your art on.

GO: Visit https://riyadhart.sa for more information. 

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