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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. The entire creative process will be open and accessible to the public with a program of events visits and talks.  The work will be on view at the end of the Symposium before moving to an open-air gallery that will be accessible to the public.

Artists

The 20 selected artists from the 2021 edition of the Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium created sculptures from black and white pearl marble in a live setting that opened up the creative process to the public at JAX District in Riyadh.

Isabel H. Langtry

Isabel H. Langtry

United Kingdom

Isabel H Langtry was born in Lagos, Nigeria from a Galician-Spanish and British heritage, which forms an essential part of her cultural DNA. Her objective as a sculptor is to produce large-scale works for public spaces.

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Nando Alvarez

Nando Alvarez

Spain

Nando Alvarez (b. 1975) graduated in History of Art, Santiago de Compostela University (1999) before going on to study for an MA in Sculpture at Mestre Mateo Arts School, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2001). He has participated in more than ...

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Damjan Komel

Damjan Komel

Slovenia

Damjan Komel (b. 1971) graduated in sculpture and ceramic from the Famul Stuart School of Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2004). In his artistic research he seeks to tell his own story, his experiences, personal responses and feelings, as well as those ...

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Ana Maria Negară

Ana Maria Negară

Romania

Ana Maria Negară (b. 1984) gained a PhD in visual arts from the National University of Arts, George Enescu, Iasi, Romania (2014), as well as an MA (2010) and B.Sc. (2008) in sculpture. Her artistic concept is built on the ...

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Mohammed Al Thagafi

Mohammed Al Thagafi

Saudi Arabia

Muhammad Al Thagafi (born in 1975) is a founding member of the Saudi Society for Fine Arts. Among the pioneers of the Saudi art scene, he is a well-known sculptor locally and internationally. He holds a master's degree in sculpture ...

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Anna Korver

Anna Korver

New Zealand

Anna Korver was awarded first place at Tuwaiq Sculpture year 2021 for the masterful way in which her artwork entitled ‘The Lighthouses’ fuses abstract geometrical forms with multiple cultural associations, suggesting female figures and opening a space of interaction. 

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Artworks

Under the theme ‘The Poetics of Space’ three winning sculptures were selected. In first place was New Zealander Anna Korver’s artwork entitled ‘The Lighthouses’, in second place was Saudi artist Haider Alawi Al-Alawi’s piece ‘Desert Lines’, and in third place was Belgian artist Kim De Ruysscher’s ‘Unseen’.

Awareness Stone

Awareness Stone

Karin van Ommeren’s ‘Awareness Stone’ symbolizes eternity through a composition that has no beginning and no end. Ommeren studies our perception of space and volume, and is intrigued by what can be represented through the dynamic spaces found within her ...

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Cosmic Messenger

Cosmic Messenger

Jo Kley's 'Cosmic Messenger' explores stone-sculpture as both poetry and prose, without using spoken language. He envisions the art form as grammar and vocabulary with no words, the entity of matter and idea, and energy itself. His work intends to ...

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Allah

Allah

Wafa Al-Qunibit's ‘Allah’ is representative of her determination to speak to both the Saudi and International community, using intersecting and overlapping circles carved in marble and depicting the name of God. Throughout her work, she uses geometric design in order ...

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Catharsis - Not just Eternity, but Infinity

Catharsis - Not just Eternity, but Infinity

Ana Maria Negară's 'Catharsis - Not just Eternity, but Infinity', is based on the mysterious world of the labyrinth myth, an unexplored world of both certainty and uncertainty. She describes this struggle to balance harmony with chaos and mystery as ...

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Mother of Time

Mother of Time

Fernando Pinto’s ‘Mother of Time’ is inspired by an aboriginal concept from the Kogi tribe in Colombia, in which very small stones with bead-like forms are believed to have been made by the minds of distant ancestors and are the ...

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The Lighthouses

The Lighthouses

Anna Korver's 'The Lighthouses' is a triptych which combines elements of architecture with the traditional dress of Saudi women. Her work explores the connection that people have to a place, and how this becomes integrated into the view of the ...

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Curators

Meet the Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium's curatorial experts.

Ali Jabbar

Ali Jabbar

2021 Curator

Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium

Ali Jabbar is Danish, born in Baghdad, and based in London contemporary multidisciplinary full-time artist with 40 years of experience in sculpting with marble, iron, stainless steel, bronze and many other materials either in his own studio or at international sculptural symposiums.

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