Pioneering Gulf Region Gallery Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Lahd Gallery, based in Riyadh & London and focusing on emerging contemporary artists from the Middle East and beyond, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Founded in Riyadh in 2005 by Dr. Nauf AlBendar, the gallery originally concentrated on artists from the Gulf, paying particular attention to female artists. The gallery has since expanded to feature contemporary painting, photography, installation and mixed-media work from all across the MENASA region (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia)
Lahd Gallery didn’t so much burst on to the art scene in Riyadh as kick-start it into motion – in 2005 Art Dubai was not established and many of the Gulf’s exciting contemporary practitioners were not recognized on the international stage. Lahd Gallery pushed these artists into the global consciousness with two pioneering exhibitions – An Eye on Riyadh in 2005 and Colour of the Gulf in 2006-2007.
Since then, Lahd Gallery has seen a challenging but ultimately successful journey. In 2008/2009 Princess Nauf faced opposition to her work with the gallery and her promotion of women artists on a global scale, but since then has been shortlisted as Woman of the Future in Arts, Media and Culture at the Women of the Future Awards in 2011. The gallery has been involved with several charitable events and organizations including Bobby Moore Foundation, Not On Our Watch, Marie Curie and now Caspian Arts Foundation. The gallery has organized exhibitions in North Africa, Iran and Korea, and in 2014 was the sole representative from Saudi Arabia at the Singapore Art Fair.
Lahd Gallery Artists
Lahd Gallery has propelled several artists on to the London and international art scenes. These include Kuwaiti painter Shurooq Amin, who cannot exhibit in her home country for political reasons, Greek/Arabic inspired artist Irini Gonou, self-taught Syrian photographer Khaled Akil, Turkish sculptor Ugur Caki, Saudi-American painter Hend Al Mansour, Tunisian-born calligraphist Abdallah Akar, and Moroccan painter Wadia Boutaba. What all of Lahd’s artists share in common is a focus on the artist’s experience and worldview, combined with an exploration of international and cross-cultural themes. While conceptual in nature, the Lahd style is visual, vibrant, often bright, and regularly challenging.
The Forthcoming Anniversary Exhibition
Lahd Gallery will celebrate its anniversary in fall this year with an exclusive salon-style exhibition in London, bringing together a wealth of intriguing artists from across the MENASA region. More details at http://lahdgallery.com/lesalondelahd.
For more information, interviews with artists, H.H Dr. Nauf Bendar Al Saud, or hi-res photos, please contact Sherif Amer via email@example.com.