Al Balad Charity Auction To Preserve Historic District Of Jeddah

BY Ayesha Sohail Shehmir Shaikh / Jun 9 2019 / 20:26 PM

Launching in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 26 June, Art For Al Balad: A Charity Auction will raise funds to preserve Jeddah’s old town of Al Balad and its wider community

 Al Balad Charity Auction To Preserve Historic District Of Jeddah
Courtesy of Saudi Ministry of Culture and Christie’s
Nassif House, Museum and Cultural Centre

In collaboration with the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Christie’s, the Art For Al Balad: A Charity Auction will raise funds to support a new heritage museum in Jeddah Historical District and a children’s non-profit school for special education needs called Help Center.

The charity auction of contemporary Middle Eastern art will take place end of June in Nassif House, Museum and Cultural Centre, Jeddah, situated in the historic Al-Balad district on Saudi Arabia’s western Red Sea coast. With over forty art works already donated for the sale by artists and collectors, the event is devoted to the betterment of the Kingdom, its citizens and the wider art community. 

Oussama Baalbaki. Untitled. (Guide price $8,000-12,000). Courtesy of Saudi Ministry of Culture and Christie’s 

“It is a privilege for me as Minister of Culture to see members of the international cultural community - including our trusted partners at Christie’s - come together to support the needs of the societies from which they so often take their inspiration,” said Minister of Culture of Saudi Arabia, HH Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, who is hosting the Art for Al Balad charity auction.

“Arts and culture have the power to transform lives, and this is clearly demonstrated by this group of talented artists donating their work to support the Al Balad Museum and the Help Center.” Known for being the historic centre of Jeddah and also a UNESCO site, the old town of Al Balad is home to buildings that are over four hundred years old. The planned heritage museum will be built to preserve Al Balad’s rich history, which traces back to the 7th century. 

Featured artworks that will be auctioned at the charity event have been donated by several renowned galleries from around the Middle East including Jeddah-based Athr Gallery, Beirut-based Agial Art Gallery and Dubai-based Elmarsa Gallery. 

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