Get your culture fix at these amazing galleries in Jeddah…

Jeddah knows how to do art. This is a city that used to have more than 400 sculptures on its streets in the 1970s, essentially turning it into an open-air museum.

Today, Jeddah has a thriving arts and culture scene, which supports local Saudi artists and welcomes international names.

Whether you’re after blockbuster exhibitions or studios selling art, there are galleries in Jeddah to suit all your needs. Here are the best galleries in Jeddah. 

Adham Art Center

 

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Get in touch with your artistic side at Adham Art Center. Whether you want to check out an exhibition or join a painting workshop, there’s something to keep your creative juices flowing. The center was created by the siblings Dr. Talal and Nawal Adham, who are motivated to create a cool space for artists. Exit through the gift shop – it’s a great space to get unique arty souvenir.

Adham Art Center,  Al Sharafeyah, Jeddah, Sat to Thu 9am to 11pm, Fri 4pm to 11pm. Tel: (0)56 690 5614. enadhamart.weebly.com 

ATHR Galllery

 

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If you want a crash course in what the local art scene is like, then this is a good place to start. ATHR Gallery has been a strong supporter of Saudi artists, from newcomers to established names. The biannual exhibition Young Saudi Artists is a great way to see new, experimental works. Check out the mix of art fairs and exhibitions, which have also been great at showcasing Arab females such as Hala Al Khalifa, Monira Al Qadiri and Aisha Al Sowaidi.

ATHR Gallery, 5th Floor, Office Tower Serafi Mega Mall Street, Jeddah, 10am to 2pm, 5pm to 9pm Sun to Thu, 3pm to 9pm Sat. Tel: (0)12 284 5009,  athrart.com

EFREEZ Art Studio

If a thing of beauty is a joy forever, then EFREEZ – which is packed with beautiful objects – may well be our happy place. Admire handmade objects, from jewellery to ceramics. The best part is that they are on sale, which means you can take your pick from pretty pieces. Lavender brooches, statement vases or rustic cups, anyone?

EFREEZ Art Studio, 10.30am to 6.30pm, Sun to Thu. efreez.com

Hafez Gallery

After opening in 2014, Hafez Gallery has been at the forefront of showcasing contemporary art from local and regional artists. Get ready to meet creative spirits at this gallery in Jeddah. Not only are there exhibitions, but exciting activities ranging from writing workshop to open studios where you can visit an artist’s studio, view their work and ask them questions.

Hafez Gallery, Ahmad Ibn Abbas, Ar Rawdah, Jeddah, 12pm to 7pm Sun to Thu. Tel: (0)55 517 000, hafezgallery.com

Hayy Jameel, Jeddah

After opening in 2021, Hayy Jameel has proven to be a one-stop shop for all of your cultural needs. There is a 700 square meter museum, multi-purpose exhibition spaces and the country’s first-ever indie cinema. Lookout for thought provoking exhibitions, which have covered themes ranging from refugee history to the politics of food.

Hayy Jameel, Al Muhammadiyah District, Jeddah. artjameel.org

Medad Art

As this cool hub attracts young artists, it’s a great place to discover new talent. Whether you’re after exhibitions or one-off activities – it recently hosted a fashion show – it’s all about helping develop local talent. The gallery also recently hosted the exhibition, Women’s World, which celebrated female artists.

Alsharafeya, Jeddah, @medad_art. Tel:(0)55 769 9950.

Nesma Art Gallery

 

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Get your Arab art fix at Nesma Art Gallery. In the past, the gallery has put on exhibitions of local artists, which have covered photography to paintings. In the past, the gallery has also hosted a special event where you could watch Arab artists such as Saudi artist Mohammed al-Ablan and Egyptian creator Tahir Abdel-Azim, work their magic with a paintbrush.

Nesma Art GALLERY, 7686 Darwish Kayyal, AR Rawdah District, Jeddah. Tel: (0)55 162 4842. nesmaart.com

Rochan Gallery

If you’re a fan of fine art, then head over to Rochan Gallery. The venue has been impressing the locals with its artistic offerings since 1980. Discover work by local and regional artists. Highlights in the past include the first exhibition by HRH Princess Hayfa bint Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and tapestry work from the prominent Saudi artist Abdulhalim Radwi.

Rochan Gallery, 9778, Jeddah, 8am to 6pm Sun to Thu, 5pm to 10pm Fri to Sat. Tel: (0)12 665 5630. @rochangallery

Saudi Center for Fine Art

You could be the star of an exhibition at Saudi Center for Fine Art. Thanks to the artistic classes, you can get your Picasso on. Choose from oil painting, water colour painting and photography classes. The courses are separated for men, children and women. Make sure you checkout the extensive gallery where the artwork is displayed.

Saudi Center for Fine Art, Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz St, Al Andalus, Jeddah. Tel: (0)53 144 7888. @saudiartscenter 

Studio Hisham Binjabi

 

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If it’s good enough for royalty, it’s good enough for us. Hisham Binjabi is one of Saudi Arabia’s most famous artists, as he has painted for the likes of King Faisal, King Khalid, King Abdullah. Not bad, especially considering he was only 14 years old when his portrait of King Faisal was presented to the king. Step into Binjabi’s studio meets gallery, which celebrates his impressive collection of art.

Studio Hisham Binjabi, 6758 Barhat Ashur Al Balad District Jeddah. @hishambinjabi

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