Hayy Jameel — Jeddah’s Sparkling New Center for the Arts

22 November, 2021
Archi­tec­tur­al mock­up of Hayy Jameel, from Stu­dio Wai­wai, open­ing in Jed­dah, Sau­di Ara­bia on the 6th of Decem­ber, 2021.


The art world is talk­ing about a major new arts and cul­tur­al cen­ter, open­ing in Jed­dah next month.

Hayy Jameel is set to wel­come vis­i­tors from Decem­ber 6, 2021. Accord­ing to the cen­ter’s web­site, “Hayy Jameel, the Kingdom’s ded­i­cat­ed home for the arts, is designed by mul­ti-award-win­ning archi­tec­tur­al stu­dio wai­wai [sic] and con­ceived as a dynam­ic, cre­ative, com­mu­ni­ty hub. The launch of Hayy Jameel marks three-quar­ters of a cen­tu­ry of Jameel fam­i­ly glob­al phil­an­thropy and comes to fruition in line with a new era for cul­ture and the arts across the King­dom. The name of the 17,000-square-meter cre­ative com­plex is derived from an Ara­bic word for neigh­bor­hood, to denote its intent as an acces­si­ble, com­mu­nal and col­lab­o­ra­tive space. Hayy Jameel reflects Art Jameel’s com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing artists, cre­ative com­mu­ni­ties and entre­pre­neur­ship in Sau­di Ara­bia and beyond.”

Par­tic­i­pat­ing artists in Illu­mi­nate: A Noor Riyadh Cap­sule include Ahmed Angawi, Dana Awartani, Ayman Day­d­ban, Man­al Al Dowayan, Sul­tan bin Fahad, Ahmed Mater, Maha Mal­luh, Mar­wah Al Mugait, Nass­er Al Salem, Rashed Al Shashai and Saeed Gamhawi.


Artists par­tic­i­pat­ing in the exhi­bi­tion Sta­ple: What’s On Your Plate? include Leen Ajlan, Moza Alma­trooshi, Jonathas de Andrade, Mir­na Bamieh, Brick­lab x Misht Stu­dio, CATPC (Cer­cle d’Art des Tra­vailleurs de Plan­ta­tion Con­go­laise), Annalee Davis, Moham­mad Alfaraj, Flo­rence Lazar, Sanc­intya Mohi­ni Simp­son, Asun­ción Moli­nos Gor­do, Mari­am Al Noai­mi, Franziska Pier­woss, Pratchaya Phinthong, Cook­ing Sec­tions, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Salma Ser­ry, Slavs and Tatars, Suha Shoman, Fati­ma Uzde­n­o­va, Munem Wasif, Lant­ian Xie and Raed Yassin with Ute Wasserman.

Locat­ed in the res­i­den­tial north Jed­dah area of Al Moham­madiyyah, Hayy Jameel’s build­ing responds to its sur­round­ings: tall façades that inti­mate the pri­va­cy of a home while allow­ing for inte­ri­or open­ness, flow and max­i­mum nat­ur­al light.

Hayy Jameel is anchored by four Art Jameel pro­grams, plus the mul­ti­pur­pose space Fenaa, and joined by like-mind­ed cre­ative enter­pris­es, known as Hayy Res­i­dents. TMR will check in with Hayy Jameel peri­od­i­cal­ly to update our readers.