x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 25 November 2017

Turner Prize winner gives talk in Jeddah

Ahmed Mater (left) and Sir Antony Gormley during their talk at the 21,39 event in Jeddah on February 20
Ahmed Mater (left) and Sir Antony Gormley during their talk at the 21,39 event in Jeddah on February 20

The British sculptor who created the Angel of the North, a famous landmark in the United Kingdom, made an appearance in Jeddah last week as part of the 21,39 programme.

Sir Antony Gormley was a guest of the Saudi Art Council, who are hosting 21,39 to cater to and enrich cultural awareness in Jeddah. Gormley gave a public talk with Saudi artist Ahmed Mater on the subject of Sculpture and the Collective Imagination.

During the event, on February 20th, the artists discussed aspects and opinions on the medium of sculpture and its connotations in today’s art world using examples from Gormley's repertoire and Mater’s recent work, which presents an unofficial history of Saudi socio-political life.

“The Saudi Art Council is proud to present two artists whose works are a testament to the enhancement of the versatile and vibrant programme of ‘21,39’ which engages and informs the audience on the association between society and art,” says Mohammed Hafiz, Vice-Chairman of The Saudi Art Council and Co-Founder of Athr Gallery. “Our vision is to further the dialogue between artists in the Kingdom with regional and global artists, amplifying the shared social understanding and inspire an ongoing interaction."

The ‘21,39’ programme continues until April with a special education program offering guided school tours of the two exhibitions, a volunteer programme, mentoring sessions for young Saudi artists, and a series of workshops for children and adults. For more information, please visit the website.