Riyadh Art’s ten programs and two festivals turn the city into a creative canvas, bringing public art to the spaces where people travel, work and play.
Riyadh is home to some of Saudi Arabia’s most extraordinary sites of natural and historical beauty. The city’s beguiling history and landmarks make for a must-visit destination for any cultural enthusiast, with the added benefit of numerous art galleries and historical centers to explore. In 2020 Riyadh was selected by UNESCO as the cultural capital of the Arab world.
Integral to Vision 2030, Riyadh Art is one of the largest public art programs being undertaken in the world today. It is one of the four grand projects conceived by the Royal Commission for Riyadh City to transform the capital into a vibrant, cosmopolitan city.
Comprising more than 1,000 original public art installations across the city created by local and international artists, and supported by two major annual festivals, Riyadh Art will enrich lives through creative joyful experiences.
Noor Riyadh is a new city-wide annual festival of light and art consisting of numerous public art installations across Riyadh city, and "Light Upon Light," a landmark exhibition of light arts since the 1960s to present day.SEE MORE
Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium
Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium will consist of 20 sculptors from around the world coming together to produce a series of permanent public sculptures.SEE MORE
Urban Art Lab
An innovative community outreach program to introduce new public art commissions across the city where residents can get ‘hands-on’ in each location.SEE MORE
Artist-designed playgrounds located across Riyadh, these are vibrant, inspiring and educational places that spark creativity and adventure, and support the wellbeing of the community.SEE MORE
Jewels in Riyadh
Public spaces around the city transformed by permanent, large-scale installations selected specifically for each location to reflect the purpose, narrative and context of each place.SEE MORE
Grand gateways on the main access routes into Riyadh herald the entrance to a city of culture.SEE MORE
Art on the Move
What better way to find - and enjoy - moving around the city than with multiple large-scale and colorful public art commissions placed at major road and rail intersections, bridges and overpasses?SEE MORE
Art in Transit
Creating beautiful and distinctive stations on Riyadh’s Metro and BRT bus system. Artwork on every platform brings joy to every journey.SEE MORE
Integrating public art into the fabric of the citywide network of pedestrian walkways and footpaths, enticing citizens to explore and experience art and the city on their own terms.SEE MORE
The Hidden River – The Illuminated Bridges
Stunning illumination of bridges across the city to emphasize their role as physical, social and emotional connectors with communities.SEE MORE
The Hidden River – Art Trail
Ancient wadis are given new life through art trails for all the family which interpret their unique history, heritage and ecology through art.SEE MORE
A sculpture park for everyone where they can relax alone, or with friends and family, and experience contemporary art outside the gallery. A place to reflect, remember or create magical moments.SEE MORE
This is a statement to the world. A symbol for Riyadh and the cultural aspirations of Vision 2030. A distinctive and unmistakable 21st century icon for Saudi Arabia.SEE MORE