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Out of Britain

An exhibition that seems to be of great general interest.


The British Council in partnership with Athr Gallery will celebrate the opening of Out of Britain exhibition on 02 June 2012, in the presence of Her Majesty’s consul general in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Shawkat and Adrian Chadwick OBE, Director British Council Saudi Arabia.
For the first time in Saudi Arabia the British Council is exhibiting in Out of Britain a selection of key artworks from its Collection by important 20th century British artists.
Out Of Britain started its journey on 23 April in the National museum in Riyadh, a large number of people visited the exhibition after it was opened by HE the minister of Culture and Information Abdulaziz Khoja.


Out of Britain will explore the theme of the British landscape, from the urban to the rural and the UK’s encircling coastline. The exhibition examines the ways in which artists have engaged with landscape and addressed timeless and fundamental questions about man’s place in the world. The works in the show illustrate individual artist’s attempts to find their place amongst an ever-changing environment where they are often driven to challenge traditional ways of interpreting and framing the landscape.


This exhibition has been created as a direct result of an ongoing partnership between the National Museum and the British council, both of whom have been active in selection of them and the artworks themselves. This is the first time that a selection of such valuable works by key 20th century British artists has been shown in Saudi Arabia.


By introducing Saudi audiences to major works from one of the largest national collections of British contemporary art, the intention is to generate similar artistic responses around a theme of the Saudi landscape – Out of Arabia – for both physical and virtual presentation in Saudi Arabia and the UK.


The exhibition will be running from the 2nd of June to the 30th of June, 2012
Gallery hours are Saturday – Thursday from 10am to 10pm

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