Art Jameel launches Jameel House Online with free workshops in traditional crafts

Art Jameel launches Jameel House Online, a programme of online workshops inspired by the traditional arts. Intended for artists and enthusiasts of all levels, including children, and adapted to materials available during the lockdown, the workshops combine traditional arts with contemporary materials around the home. The workshops are by artists and craftspeople, including alumni from the Jameel Houses of Traditional Arts, Art Jameel’s network heritage institutions in Jeddah and Cairo, and are available on Art Jameel’s website and social media platforms.

The first series of workshops launched today, taught by artists based in Jeddah, offers the public the opportunity to develop craft skills inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia, and blend contemporary materials with traditional techniques, and upcycling plastic waste.

The inaugural workshops include geometry, decorative art, and ornament-making, and are taught by Rana Al Amoudi, an alumna and now instructor at the Jameel House; Ammar Jiman, who graduated from the Jameel House’s one-year programme in 2019; Marwa Turkestani, who graduated in 2018; {Kees Chic}, a social enterprise that creates local handmade urban products out of waste plastic bags; and the Aleph Journal, an arts initiative founded by Lujain Abulzawaid and Sahrish Ali, also alumni of the Jameel House.

While physical workshops temporarily on hold at the Jameel Houses in Cairo and Jeddah and at Atelier Cairo, Art Jameel’s centre for Egyptian craft entrepreneurship, these online workshops are a taster offer an opportunity for artists of all levels of experience, including children, to try their hand at crafts.

All workshops are available on Art Jameel’s website and social media platforms.

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