Shortcut to the good stuff with a visit to the Athr Gallery. Tucked away on the fifth floor of an office tower in a busy part of town, this 20,000sq m space represents the beating heart of modern art in Jeddah, and is an always mesmerising experience. Since its founding in 2009, Athr Gallery has been a fierce supporter of emerging Saudi artists, with a roster that includes Ahmed Mater, Sarah Abu Abdallah and Shadia Alem, among others. The gallery’s play of sculptures, scripture, photography, ink drawings, abstract work and live installations give fresh clarity to Saudi Arabia’s complex culture, alongside exploring myriad other themes.
Exhibits change regularly and this, paired with the gallery’s robust programme of art talks, forums, workshops and events, make it ideal for return visits. The gallery is also the go-to place for the city’s emerging and aspiring artists to socialize, so look out for some famous faces.