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Artist and poet Ashraf Fayadh is freed after more than eight years in Saudi prisons

A religious court sentenced him to death for blasphemy in 2015. Saudi artist Ahmed Mater says times have changed and this would be unlikely to happen today

Exhibition traces the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad in unprecedented detail

Show about the Hijrah—Muhammad's journey from Mecca to Medina—at Saudi Arabia’s Ithra Museum will go on a five-year world tour

Artists and writers call on Joe Biden to denounce Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses in meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed

The US president will travel to the oil-rich nation he once labelled a “pariah” and meet with its leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

From Whitechapel to Saudi Arabia: Iwona Blazwick takes up a new post as AlUla public art supremo

Drive to rebrand Middle Eastern country as a cultural destination underpinned by human rights concerns

teamLab pushes on with plans for major new digital art museum in Saudi Arabia

Tokyo-based technology art organisation attends groundbreaking ceremony in Jeddah

Saudi Arabian pavilion: Exhibition rings the changes

Choice of artist Muhannad Shono for the national pavilion is a sign itself of the country’s social and political shift

British museums including Tate and V&A not part of UK government's new Saudi culture deal

The partnership, signed in February, will focus on collaborations in the film, museum and heritage sectors between the two nations

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Making works in the wilderness: artists of Desert X AlUla explain how they took on the testing terrain

On the occasion of the Saudi outdoor art exhibition's opening, four artists—Zeinab Alhashemi, Dana Awartani, Shezad Dawood and Stephanie Deumer—discuss their projects in the desert

'Aggressive, emotional, darkly humorous’: Louise Bourgeois’s closest collaborator on her late works

Plus, Desert X opens second Saudi Arabia edition and Gerhard Richter's 90th birthday exhibition in Dresden

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Accessible to all or elitist artwashing? Desert X opens second Saudi Arabia edition

The open air exhibition in the ancient heritage region AlUla spearheads the Middle Eastern nation's attempt at rapid cultural transformation in line with government's 2030 goals

UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries signs arts agreement with Saudi Arabia

Ceremony signing a memorandum of understanding took place at the Diriyah Biennale in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia's cultural scene is in a moment of decisive shift

The inaugural Diriyah Biennale and the opening of Hayy Jameel are the latest in a series of initiatives helping the kingdom emerge from artistic isolation

Macron's Gulf tour: UAE's Louvre Abu Dhabi contract extended to 2047 and more French-Saudi culture deals

Renewal of Abu Dhabi deal means the Louvre can partner with the network of museums planned for Saudi Arabia's AlUla region

Saudi Arabia's Desert X AlUla biennial returns for second edition next spring

In a new location in the desert complex, the exhibition will explore ideas of “mirage and oasis”

More refugees to be trained as tour guides at Oxford University museums after £1m gift from Saudi foundation

Funding from Alwaleed Philanthropies will support Multaka project working with 200 refugees and asylum seekers over the next five years

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Unesco strikes partnership deal with Saudi agency to develop AlUla region's rich heritage

Agreement covers developing archaeological programmes and paves the way for kingdom's ambitious long-term plans to attract tourists to the region

Artists announced for Saudi Arabia's contemporary art biennial

Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale is part of a drive to promote the cultural credentials of the middle Eastern kingdom

Ancient rock art complex Hima listed as Saudi Arabia's sixth Unesco World Heritage site

Global heritage body's decision boosts Saudi government's efforts to promote an open image of the country

The fight to save Saudi Arabia’s Modern architecture

The reaction to the destruction of Al Rabooa mosque highlights changing attitudes to the conservation of Modernist and post-Modernist buildings in the kingdom

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'A global destination for heritage, culture and nature': Saudi Arabia unveils $15bn AlUla masterplan

Kingdoms Institute, a new "world class" study centre, is among 15 cultural facilities that will form part of the heritage-rich region's transformation

Mysterious stone structures in Saudi Arabia are around 7,000 years old, making them one of the oldest examples of widespread monument-making

Citing the discovery of animal skulls and horns, researchers suggest that mustatils may have had a religious purpose

Saudi Arabia pushes forward with plans for cultural 'renaissance' with vast light festival full of both local and big-name artists

Agencies seem to be betting that time and increased exposure to the kingdom will wear down Western qualms over its human rights record

Philip Tinari appointed curator of inaugural Ad-Diriyah Biennale in Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom’s largest ever contemporary art exhibition will aim to deliver a more "open" image of the country

Saudi Arabia continues relentless cultural drive with Jean Nouvel subterranean desert resort

The plans are part of a ten-year agreement between France and Saudi Arabia to develop the AlUla region into a tourism destination

Why culture is so important in the time of coronavirus

As Saudi Arabia prepares to host the G20 summit, the kingdom's culture minister argues that culture should be part of the agenda

Saudi Arabia pushes soft power by launching new teamLab digital art museum in Jeddah

The hi-tech Tokyo-based collective will create trademark immersive experiences for the new space

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Are Saudi Arabia's big culture plans turning to dust?

As oil prices slump and the pandemic continues to spread, the kingdom's ambitious initiatives are being scaled back

Saudi Arabia's art festival 21,39: tackling climate change in the desert

This year's edition of the art initiative is a call to action on the climate emergency