Each year, Tuwaiq Sculpture announces an open call, inviting local and international sculptors to submit proposals for original, large-scale public artworks. The submissions are reviewed and evaluated by a jury panel of internationally renowned experts, who select artists that come to Riyadh to create the sculptures.
The 2023 jury panel consists of Dr Effat Fadag – an acclaimed academic whose work revolves around the arts, culture, and heritage of Saudi Arabia; Alaa Tarabzouni – co-founder of Very Public, and an architect, artist, and curator whose practice focuses on urbanism and the built environment; Ali Al-Tokhais – Sculptor with over 40 years of experience, Expert in stones originating from Saudi Arabia; Johannes von Stumm – President of Oxford Art Society, Past President of the Royal Society of Sculptors in the UK, Sculptor with over 40 years of experience. The jury panel is chaired by this edition’s curator Marek Wolynski.
10am – 5.30pm Free and open to the public.
A unique and exciting opportunity to witness art in action. For 26 days from January 8 to February 2, 30 international and local artists will sculpt live, creating artwork from raw blocks of granite and Riyadh stone. Visit Durrat Al Riyadh from 10am – 5.30pm to watch their creations take shape. The process is open for all to witness, with tours based upon availability. Tickets and advance booking are not required to see the live sculpting.
In parallel to the creative process, more than 65 community engagement events, including interactive workshops, school visits, and panel discussions, are available for everyone to enjoy. Taking place at Durrat Al Riyadh and the Riyadh Art space in JAX District, the activities for the public program explore ideas within architecture, sculpture, art and design. Check out the events page for more information and to book your ticket.
Free and open to the public.
See the 30 sculptures in a curated setting as the artists present their finished artwork under the theme Energy of Harmony. The granite and Riyadh stone sculptures will be exhibited together at Durrat Al Riyadh before being distributed across the city to become a permanent part of Riyadh’s urban fabric. The exhibition is open to all at Durrat Al Riyadh from 1.30pm – 10pm on Sunday Feb 5, and from 4pm – 10pm on Feb 6 – Feb 10, with on site tours available. Tickets and advance booking are not required to see the exhibition.