Fahad Kholaif AlGhamdi (Mekkah, Out of Arabia-KSA) ©

Fahad Kholaif AlGhamdi (Mekkah, Out of Arabia-KSA)

Out of Arabia

Out of Arabia is a stunning collection of 11 artworks from local artists living in Saudi Arabia. Showcasing the very best in contemporary art, the exhibition was produced in response to the British Council’s Out of Britain exhibition in 2012. 

The exhibition takes the audience on a virtual tour around Saudi Arabia’s regions and cities. It starts in the Eastern Province, moves to the centre of the Kingdom, and finishes in the Western Province. 

The competition 

The exhibition features the winning entries from an online art competition that ran in 2012. The competition was open to residents of Saudi Arabia and aimed to provoke a creative exploration of what constitutes landscape throughout the Arabian peninsular, capturing the diversity and originality of contemporary artistic explorations and interpretations. 

Entrants to the competition submitted an application on the British Council website and a jury of art specialists nominated the best artworks – you can take a look at the winning artwork below.

The Exhibition 

The Out of Arabia exhibition first opened in Riyadh in June 2013. It took place in the Naila Gallery then moved on to Desert Designs in Khobar in the Eastern Province.

A wide range of partners and groups took part in the Out of Arabia exhibition, from the British Council and its partners, the Naila Gallery and Desert Designs, to the Ministry of Culture and Information, art groups, professional artists, and members of the public.

In November 2013, the artworks were taken to London, where they are displayed at the Arab British Centre to the 1 March 2014.

Out of Britain

 Out of Arabia follows the British Council’s Out of Britain exhibition in 2012. This was a visual art exhibition from the British Council collection that celebrated 100 years of British landscapes. 

Structured around an imagined journey that took in cities, countryside and coastline, the exhibition featured works by important 20th-century British artists including LS Lowry, Graham Sutherland and Fay Godwin. It was shown in Riyadh, Jeddah and Khobar before moving to other countries in the Gulf, including Kuwait and the Sultanate of Oman. 

Visit our Out of Britain page

Out of Arabia winners

Take a look at the winning artwork that featers in the Out of Arabia exhibition. 

Best overall Work: Mekkah, by Fahad Kholaif Alghamdi

Best in Age Group Work: Desert landscape, by Abdulrahman Almutlak

First place: Painting of house exended window on rock, by Manal Bahanshal

Second place: A study of the legacy of Medina City, by Ayman Saud Hafiz

Third place: Museum commentator, by Yousef Almslmani

Joint third place: Dates and mint have a fresh taste, by Lama Shata

The people's choice

First Place: Crowd scene and Kaba'a, by Ziyad Al Saadi

Second place: Pearl diving in the Gulf, by Moammed Alsihati

Third place: Carved from natural stone, by Talal Altakhaes



Discover more

Discover more Out of Arabia artwork on our website.

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