Art for Al Balad: A Charity Auction

Jeddah, 26 June 2019

A special charity auction of contemporary art from the Middle East will take place in Saudi Arabia on 26 June to raise funds for a new heritage museum in Jeddah Historical District and a Jeddah children’s non-profit organisation.

Art For Al Balad: A Charity Auction is the first event of its kind in the Kingdom and has been organised by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Christie’s. More than 40 works have been generously donated for the sale by collectors, artists and gallerists, including works by artists representing Saudi Arabia and other countries around the Middle East.

Proceeds from the sales will support the creation of a dedicated heritage museum that will tell the story of the Al Balad’s unique history and the Help Centre, a Jeddah-based children’s non-profit organisation which provides tailored support to children with special educational needs. Through their various charitable activities, including works sold at Dubai auctions, Christie’s in the Middle East has helped to raise more than US$25 million for charity in the region since 2005.

This event forms part of Saudi Arabia’s wider cultural transformation plans that are set to bring unprecedented change to the Kingdom. Led by His Highness Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Culture, the Ministry aims to create a thriving cultural sector which supports the Kingdom’s economic diversification and improves citizen’s quality of life.


  • Sadik Kwaish Alfraji (Iraqi, b. 1960)

    Soaring Body, 2014
    Indian ink, charcoal, oil and printed paper on rice paper laid down on canvas
    Donated by the artist and Ayyam Gallery, Dubai
    70 ⅞ x 70 ⅞ in. (180 x 180 cm.)
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  • Nja Mahdaoui (Tunisian, b. 1937)

    Walegh, 2010
    acrylic and Indian ink on linen canvas
    Donated by the Artist and Elmarsa Gallery, Tunisia and Dubai
    31 ⅞ x 39 ⅜ in. (81 x 100 cm.)
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  • Oussama Baalbaki (Lebanese, b. 1978)

    Untitled, 2019
    acrylic on canvas
    Donated by the Artist and Agial Art Gallery, Beirut
    39 ⅜ x 47 ¼ in. (100 x 120 cm.)
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Sale information

Art for Al Balad: A Charity Auction

  • Auction

    7pm – Arrival and registration
    7:30pm – Auction starts

    Nassif House
    Dhahab, Al-Balad,
    Jeddah 22236

  • Viewing

    23 June, 5pm – 9pm
    24 June, 5pm – 9pm

  • Contact

    Caroline Louca-Kirkland
    Tel: +971 (0) 4 375 9007
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