AlUla International Airport inaugurates Safar Art Collection
The Royal Commision for AlUla (RCU) has launched the Safar Art Collection at AlUla International Airport (ULH) in Saudi Arabia. Renowned regional and international artists, as well as local artisans from Madrasat Addeera – the first Art and Design Center in AlUla – were commissioned to create artworks inspired by and responsive to the region’s natural and cultural landscapes. In total, over 64 artworks have been installed across the airport’s Executive and Commercial Terminals.
The Safar Art Collection derives its name from an Arabic word that denotes both the act of travelling and a process of exploration and discovery during which things are revealed or unveiled, which speaks to the collection’s aim to encourage visitors to pause and reflect on their own journeys.
Encompassing cutting-edge installations, traditional handicrafts, Islamic calligraphy and photographic storytelling, the collection celebrates the diverse artistic community that has long flourished in AlUla.
Participating artists include Ayah Al Bitar, Bilal Hassam, Dana Awartani, Eman Aljishi, Farah Behbehani, Ishaq Madan, Lulwah Al Homoud, Manolo Valdés, Moath Alofi, Moe Moussa, Mohammed Abdel Aziz, Nazira Bibi, Nidanin Woodwork, Obaid Albudoor, Raeda Ashour, Ranim Halaky, Richard Wilding, Sandrah Boutrous, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Shaker Kashgari, Stephanie Neville, and Dr Zahrah Al Ghamdi.
Flint Culture directed local, regional and international media relations for the launch of the Safar Art Collection as part of a retained communications consultancy brief for the Royal Commision for AlUla. The project involved the filming of international interviews with select artists, community engagement, as well as photographic and video documentation of the full exhibition.
For further information, please visit https://www.livingmuseum.com/en/artsalula/contemporary-arts/safar or @artsalula
Image Credit: Shoayb Khattab