The 2021 Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium on show in Riyadh

DesignPM is delighted to share images from the 2021 Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium (TISS), currently underway in Riyadh.

Inspired by Jabal Tuwaiq, a striking escarpment that runs for 500 miles in the Najd region of Saudi Arabia, TISS is an annual stone sculpture event. This iteration opened on 15th November, in JAX – a new arts quarter located in the industrial district of Al Diriyah in Riyadh, KSA. DesignPM were involved from the early stages of the project, to manage the procurement of the event delivery and then to oversee the project management process for our clients Talents KSA and Riyadh Art.

This iteration of TISS explores the theme “The Poetics of Space”. Organisers, Riyadh Art, describe the symposium as

exploring the connections between matter and emptiness, light and shadow, TISS invites participating artists to create mesmerising sculptures that imply poetry and create their own space while being in harmony with the surrounding public realm of JAX District, Al Diriyah.

TISS features 20 international and Saudi artists, including Kim De Ruysscher, Belgium; Mohammed AlThagafi, Saudi Arabia and Carlos Monge, Mexico. The first part of the Symposium saw the artists create the new public sculptures. The creative process will be visible to the public through a programme of talks, events and visits.  The resulting artworks will ultimately animate the parks and pavements of Riyadh, bringing new public art to the city in line with Riyadh Art’s mission to transform the city into a creative canvas.

One winning sculpture will be selected by an expert panel made up of museum and gallery leaders from around the world. The judges include Cristiana Collu (director of National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy); Nicholas Cullinan (director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, UK); Yuko Hasegawa (director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan); Marina Loshak (director of The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia) and Eike Schmidt (director of Uffizi Galleries, Florence, Italy) including the Symposium’s curator Ali Jabbar.