External Resources and Professional Skills
As a lecturer at the Princess Norah University for women in Saudi Arabia, I intend to apply to study for a PhD at a UK university. Upon my return to Saudi Arabia, I would like to be a researcher specialising in the arts field who will raise the artistic level through critical thinking. I want to take it as a challenge to become one of the most powerful women in Saudi Arabia who studied Art and will not only improve herself, but will also inspire a new generation of female students. I also intend to work as a freelance artist who has experience of participating in exhibitions and in galleries which are related to my theme.
Because I come from the Arabic culture and am so interested in working in cultural art, I am particularly committed to finding the resources and opportunities which I have explored specific to my research into culture, contemporary art, the Arab region and audience participation. I am looking for galleries which will support and promote the dissemination of emerging contemporary artists, particularly artists interested in cultural art and Arab artists. I want to find galleries which provide opportunities to unlock collaboration between artists across the world and in the Arab world.
I am also very interested in drawing and this reflects a large element of my ideas, my personality and my skills. I have found that the Drawing Room is one of the sites which I like to visit it, and the Drawing Room’s engagement programme can help my research into participant interaction and social spaces.
Galleries with which I want to work
The Arab British Centre: it seeks to enable a deeper understanding of the Arab world by promoting its culture, sharing its knowledge and supporting a community of individuals and organisations which work to enhance friendship and collaboration between people of the UK and the Arab world.
The Mosaic Rooms: are a non-profit art gallery and bookshop dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary culture from the Arab world and beyond in London. Through their free contemporary art exhibitions, they do that by presenting multi-disciplinary events, including film screenings, current affairs talks and book launches, and a learning and engagement programme.
Shubbak: is the UK’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture, bringing new and unexpected voices alongside established artists to London every two years. This summer’s festival returns with an ambitious programme designed to connect audiences and communities with the best of contemporary Arab visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature and debate.
The Saatchi Gallery: exists as a registered charity to provide an innovative platform for contemporary art and culture. It seeks to collaborate with artists in an open and honest manner with the primary aim of introducing their work to wider audiences.
The Gallery: presents curated exhibitions on themes relevant to and exciting in the context of contemporary creative culture. Its educational programmes are designed to reveal the possibilities of artistic expression to young minds, encourage fresh thought and stimulate innovation.
The Whitechapel Gallery:
Athr: Since its inception in Jeddah in 2009, the Athr Gallery has played a pivotal role in building the contemporary art scene in Saudi Arabia, valuing experimentation and the exploration of new ideas, disseminating the artist’s role in the creative process and the impact which artists can have on societies. As a determined supporter of young as well as established artists from Saudi Arabia and the Arab region, Athr has provided several opportunities for furthering knowledge and experience within its multi-disciplinary space in Jeddah and beyond, such as international residencies, special commissions, international group exhibitions, symposia and funding.
Edge of Arabia: was born from a chance encounter during an artists’ expedition across the Middle East in 2003. Founded by the British artist and entrepreneur Stephen Stapleton and a group of Saudi artists from the Al Meftaha Art Village in Abha, including Ahmed Mater and Abdulnasser Gharem, Edge of Arabia was established to encourage grassroots cultural dialogue in Saudi Arabia and between Saudi Arabia and the western world.
The Misk Art Institute: is a new artist-centred cultural organization operating under the auspices of the Misk Foundation, established by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in 2017 to encourage grassroots artistic production in Saudi Arabia, nurture the appreciation of Saudi and Arab art and enable international cultural diplomacy and exchange.
The Drawing Room: is a renowned gallery presenting inspiring free exhibitions of drawings by international artists and emerging artists of promise. The dynamic engagement programme makes contemporary drawing relevant and accessible to local communities, encouraging self-expression through hands-on making. The exhibitions, research and engagement strands, together with talks, artist-led projects, special commissions and other events, nurture talent by supporting the production of new work and sharing the diversity of drawing with an ever-widening audience.
previous participation in UAL
. Drawing Postal Project
The Drawing Postal Project brings together 115 artists from FAD Drawing, Conceptual Practice, BA Drawing, MA Drawing and MA Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art.
During England's third national lockdown in March 2021, students, graduate studio
assistants and academic staff were each mailed an A4 sheet of paper. They were
invited to make a new drawing and post it back to Camberwell in a prepaid envelope
There were no constraints on media and those unable to post a physical drawing could
email a digital file to be printed on site.
Group Shows/Silent Crit
I had a great opportunity when I met with my group B to show my work after a long period of isolation. The aim of the silent crit was to find out what the audience understands from your artwork and to give artists several views as suggestions to improve their work.
It was an interesting experience and the many questions, comments and suggestions which I received can be summarised in the following points:
What are you hoping to get? Is it the exchange? You try? Is it just very generous that you are trying to share?
Drawing on the wall - different language and different kinds - COVID - eating food -Rirkrit Tiravanija - Felix Gonzalez Torres.
This made me think deeply about this work and consider areas for improvement.
The most important things are to consider the several possible show styles for this installation, to think about how participants interact with this piece of art, and to rethink the central aim of this work if I shall be showing it in the Camplen exhibition.
Student presentations – critical practice
27 April 2021: Half day sessions: 10 -12.30 in Teams
This was an opportunity to receive and give feedback on my Unit 2 critical reflective writing.
I shared my research and critical writing in a six- to eight-minute verbal presentation in a small group of MA Fine Art students and staff. I presented my current research through my critical essay and contexts in regard to my work’s images and videos in my online platform in terms of my research question, core subject, key themes and relevant contexts and how they inform my research by enabling me to consider how I shall develop my critical analysis as we advance.