The first lecture of the new Saudi British Society
programme on contemporary Saudi culture was held at the Prince’s School
for Traditional Arts (PSTA, 19–22 Charlotte Road,
London EC2A 3SG).
The Society was delighted to welcome its patron, HRH Prince Muhammad
bin Nawaf Al–Saud, the Saudi Ambassador to the Court of St James and
was pleased the event was well attended by people from many different
institutions and professions.
Dr Khalid Azzam, Director of the
PSTA, gave a moving talk on the work of the school, the beauty of its
products, the philosophy behind it and its outreach across the globe.
Zain Zedan, formerly a senior manager with ArtJameel in
Jeddah, talked about her work there and her inspiring experience as an
MA student at the School.
Finally, Dr Thalia Kennedy, Middle East
Director of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, reviewed the TM's
activities in Saudi Arabia, showed slides of the wonderful diversity of
traditional Saudi art and outlined the need to encourage artisans
across the Kingdom to improve and maintain the quality of their
finished work for commercial sales.