Putting contemporary MENASA (Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian) art on the map has been Lahd’s mission for over a decade. We originally launched our gallery in 2005 in the city of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Back then, the Gulf region was depleted of local contemporary spaces showcasing works by emerging artists and in particular female artists. Lahd Gallery was both a pioneer and a game-changer, marking a new era of development and a powerful representation of ideas, philosophies, and qualities.
Moving to London, the United Kingdom in 2010, Lahd positioned itself at the forefront of contemporary MENASA art, creating a level playing field for those with something to say and who are unafraid to question societal norms. It offered one the freedom to be present, to be seen, to be different, and to be universal. From sleepy towns to bustling cities worldwide, Lahd single-handedly witnessed an intimate connection develop between its artists and the rest of the world. The gallery has not only served as a modern-day agora, but also as a means of representing emotions, cultures, and events that helped understand the lives of people in regions one may not be too familiar with.
Ever since, the face of the Gulf region’s art scene has changed, growing exponentially in both vision and presence with galleries and festivals steadily emerging and major players making solid investments. In 2015, Lahd Gallery’s founder H.H. Dr. Nauf AlBendar was nominated as a Distinguished Honouree at the UN Millennium Development Goals: 2015 Progress Award. This prestigious accolade acknowledges key leaders who work tirelessly towards a better world. Taking place near the eve of Lahd’s 10th anniversary, the United Nations’ recognition further signified that the gallery’s mission had been accomplished.
Today, we stand as the trusted guardian of MENASA art and a spirited advocate of cultural creativity and education.