New Look and Content COMING SOON!

Dear readers, if you are still out there!

I know it’s been “a while”! I went waaaaay off track with the blog and it’s been difficult getting back into it! I have not written a single entry since co-founding Onqoudwhich I really did not realise until I looked at my last entry! Anything past that was just announcements, which didn’t really take that much time! I would like to apologise to everyone who was disappointed by this lack of activity.

I am a woman that talks the talk and walks the walk, therefore as a tribute to you, the blog will be coming back SOON with a new look and content! Here’s a little teaser! STAY TUNED!

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Thobe Factory: Art Workshop for Children, Sep 13- Riyadh

Thobe Factory: Art Workshop for Children, Sep 13- Riyadh

Limited seats available! For registration and more information: info(@)

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ImageIt is my pleasure to announce the launch of our dear project with my partners and co-founders; Adnan Manjal and Ziad El-Sayed,  Saudi Art Guide.

Saudi Art Guide is the unprecedented, first of its kind, guide to art and design discovery in the Kingdom. A comprehensive guide that is constantly growing for exhibitions and events, galleries directory, art book launches, artist talks and much more.

The website has launched on and within the next few days, the Arabic version will be online.

Currently, we are in the last development stages of releasing the highly anticipated iPhone and iPad apps. And soon to follow, an app for Android devices. 


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Mostly Visible Exhibition | عمود نور

Monday February 25 will be the opening of an unprecedented exhibition: “MOSTLY VISIBLE | عمود نور” organized by ATHR GALLERY and curated by artist ASHRAF FAYADH.


“MOSTLY VISIBLE is an introductory event of a new vision for art, a local and genuine expression of real life in Saudi Arabia, derives from the source that culture started to be formed, organized by the leading contemporary Saudi art gallery (Athr Gallery), and Curated by Artist Ashraf Fayadh,”

“We live in one country. The fabric consists of geographically and culturally variable cities; we come from different backgrounds, tell our stories, while trying to achieve the best vision that will enable us to understand our reality […] we use the energy that we derive from our heritage, our culture, our own social and we took with the changes of our times.

Art is seeing things into different vision, note things from the point of view of the artist, comment, criticism, or even sympathizing with them as they are very spontaneous… But sufficient to draw attention, art was more streamlined and practical reality, and still carries a variety of deeper and closer to the culture of the Assembly, closer to the truth as it is, we try to simply make things visible always, in our own way, our language, and our vision for the future.” ASHRAF FAYADH, curator.

“25 Artists from all around the Kingdom, different generations, different points of view, in a simple way, art comes from real life. This is what the artists are shedding the light on: the issues that can be shared with most.”

The participating artists are, in random order:

Ibrahim Abumsmar
Ahmed Mater
Arwa Alnami
Ashraf Fayad
Ayman Yossri Daydban
Khalid Oraij
Dana Awartani
Rashed Alshashai
Ramy Alqthamy
Ramlaa Alhalal
Sarah Abu Abdallah
Seema Al-Abdulhai
Shaheen Abumsmar
Saddiek Wasill
Tarfa Al Saud
Abdullah Alothman
Abdulkareem qassim
Abdulaziz Mahdi
Abdulnasser Gharem
Majid Althobaity
Mahmoud Naseem
Musaed Alhulis
Nasser Alsalem
Nora Alissa
Nouf Alhimiary
Heba Abed


“No Smoking” by Nasser Al Salem


“Stand”, performance art by Ayman Yosri Daydban


“Photoshop” by Ahmed Mater, video art


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Casual Art Talk 2013 | JEDDAH


Casual Art Talk 2013

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#DesignYourStamp | Arabic Typography Workshop

For details and registration, contact

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Casual Art Talk comes to Riyadh!


CAT Riyadh

Dear all,

You are cordially invited to attend the first “Casual Art Talk” in Riyadh, taking place THURSDAY Dec 20th at Maison Bo-M, 8.00pm – 10.30pm!

The first Casual Art Talk was in Jeddah, Nov 23rd 2011. Four other CATs took place that year, focusing on Jeddah’s art scene. You can read the summary of the 2nd CAT here.
Onqoud and Maison Bo-M cordially invite you to the 1st CAT in Riyadh, where we will casually discuss the Riyadh art and design scene.

Topic: Riyadh Art and Design Scene, What’s there and what’s missing?

Please note that the art talk will be in English

Kindly RSVP to with the following information:
-Full Name
-You are a(n): Artist / Art Enthusiast / Designer / Photographer / Other

Look forward to meet you! Please do not hesitate to contact me for any inquiries.

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