ABOUT 21,39

21,39 — Jeddah Arts is a non-profit initiative
organized by the Saudi Art Council, a group
of local art enthusiasts who wish to contribute
to the local community through the promotion
of art and culture.

Illustrating the geographic coordinates of
the city (21.5433°N, 39.1728°E), 21,39 seeks
to maintain and develop the phenomena
that has, for decades, seen Jeddah at the
forefront of Saudi Arabia’s contemporary
art scene.

The program includes curated exhibitions,
gallery openings, workshops and a series
of talks and discussions that aim to build
bridges with the outside world through the
universal language of art.

Of equal importance, 21,39 presents Saudi
artists with the opportunity to view and
appreciate the artistic culture that exists
and is developing within the Kingdom.

By organizing an annual city-wide
initiative encompassing a range of events,
locations and partners, 21,39 offers an
unforgettable journey into this historic city.

SAFAR
Edition 4, 2017
Curated by Sam Bardaouil & Till Fellrath

EARTH & EVER AFTER
Edition 3, 2016
Curated by Mona Khazindar & Hamza Serafi

FAST FORWARD
Edition 2, 2015
Curated by Bashar Al Shroogi

MOALLAQAT & PAST IS PROLOGUE
Edition 1, 2014
Conceived by Hamza Serafi
Curated by Aya Alireza & Raneem Farsi



EXHIBITIONS

Refusing to Be Still, opens
on 7 Feb. 2018. The exhibition
unfolds in multiple locations in the
city of Jeddah and showcases the
work of more than thirty Saudi
and international artists.

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

21,39 includes a variety of events and
workshops that take place in designated
areas of 21,39 in Gold Moor Mall and Al-Balad,
where participants are offered the opportunity
to engage with the work of the artists.

RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS

This year, 21,39 partnered with the Consulates General of
Germany and of France in Jeddah in order to launch a series
of research trips for participating artists. The rigorous
programme of research promoted scholarly exchange
through visits to art institutions, museums and exhibitions
in Germany and France.

EXHIBITIONS

Refusing to Be Still, opens
on 7 Feb. 2018. The exhibition
unfolds in multiple locations in the
city of Jeddah and showcases the
work of more than thirty Saudi
and international artists.

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

21,39 includes a variety of events and
workshops that take place in designated
areas of 21,39 in Gold Moor Mall and Al-Balad,
where participants are offered the opportunity
to engage with the work of the artists.

RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS

This year, 21,39 partnered with the Consulates General of
Germany and of France in Jeddah in order to launch a series
of research trips for participating artists. The rigorous
programme of research promoted scholarly exchange
through visits to art institutions, museums and exhibitions
in Germany and France.