Sahaba is a consultancy agency and research
hub dedicated to support the art community
through providing specialised curatorial and
artistic consulting services to artists, initiatives,
institutions and governmental entities in Saudi
Arabia and the Arab region.
Our goal is to support the exciting
development of the local art scene as well
as artists’ individual journeys through our
dedicated art consulting services.
In addition, to providing a space for engagement, dialogue, and
critical discussions through initiating monthly public programs
which includes online initiatives, artists meet-ups and research
That art should be accessible to the public in Saudi Arabia. That artists
should be supported to showcase their work in a critically informed and
That our shared and individual identities enrich our society and culture.
That as creatives we have a safe space to think, discuss, reflect, learn,
reach new philosophical grounds, challenge ourselves and challenge
others in an informed and respectful manner.
That knowledge and skills could be shared between artists and art
enthusiasts to enrich the artistic and cultural community.
We work to offer art and curatorial services and run a public programme within Jeddah that serves the local community and fosters development and craft.
Sahaba offers art and curatorial services
and runs a public program that serves the
local community and fosters artistic
talents and developments.
Our Curatorial Consultancy services aims
to provide high quality curatorial services
to artists, initiatives, institutions and
We work closely with our clients to
understand their aims & needs for their
projects to produce a well-researched,
meticulously planned art exhibitions suited
for their desired audiences.
Art Consultancy services aim to support artists’
individual journeys navigating the art scene
through one to one sessions.
The sessions are tailored towards artists’ specific
needs. This could include, assisting artists with
developing their works, advising on research
direction, helping with proposals, and providing
support with art write ups.
The Public Program aims to take the participants
into a journey of learning and discovery;
encouraging cultural dialogue and exchange
through our space.
At Sahaba we curate a monthly program that
includes artist studio visits, book club meetings,
specialised workshops, talks, critical reflection
sessions, and field-trips.
Moreover, we provide curated public programs to
our clients including galleries, institutions and
Intimate Dimensions is a group exhibition which
explores the notion of constructed spaces and
how we engage with existing built environments;
featuring works by Filwa Nazer, Afra Al Dhaheri,
Sarah Almehairi, and Jana Ghalayini.
Set in what is now Hafez Gallery; a unique singlestory model house which can be spotted around
the city of Jeddah, except for this, which was
realised as a single story to fit the spatial and
living needs of Um Al-Sa’ad. An ideal home for an
owner who never occupied the space.
Configured and reconfigured; the space
various shifts from domestic to
commercial, from an unimagined ideal
home to a gallery space highlights the
duality and changing nature of built
structures and the vulnerability of
It also brings to question the sometimes
forgotten ephemeral nature of a home
against the wider context of the human
experience, the role of the space as a
representation of set idealism placed upon
by its dweller.
The latest edition of MNWR exhibition focuses on exploring what constitute Islamic Art and what the contemporary forms of it might be through a wide selection of contemporary and modern artworks featuring calligraphy, geometry, miniature, photography, installation and painting.
MNWR features a multitude of works that
explore various themes inspired by the essence
of Islamic art; from the depiction of the miracles
of the Qur’anic text to the spiritual and
ritualistic aspect of performing geometry works,
and the depiction, representation and
documentation of the holy mosques through
photography and painting.
The exhibition aims to challenge and sometimes
confirm to the wide understanding of the term. It
invites you to question, reflect and challenge your
personal understanding of what Islamic art might
be, and what are the contemporary forms of it are.
“Hopefully the curiosity will lead to interest and the
interest will lead to knowledge and the knowledge
will lead to appreciation and the appreciation will
lead to harmony”.