Hayy Arts

About Hayy Arts

The Art Jameel-run exhibitions space Hayy Arts anchors the creative complex, presenting robust, curated, museum-style shows – featuring Saudi and international artists and designers – that address themes of local and global relevance.

Hayy Arts’ exhibitions are accompanied by an extensive public programme that includes talks, performances, learning opportunities and a film programme, plus a range of workshops and activities for children, youth and lifelong-learners.

Current Exhibitions

‘Accommodations’ | A Touring Exhibition from the Saudi Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition

January 20, 2023 – August 7, 2023

Art Jameel, in partnership with The Saudi Architecture and Design Commission, brings ‘Accommodations’ to Hayy Jameel in Jeddah. Rooted in research, ‘Accommodations’ displays rare found images, archival material, urban plans, architectural models, renders, sketches and ephemera that trace the history of shelters, examining how the built environment and urban fabric adapt to accommodate shifting social conditions.

The exhibition touring from the Saudi Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia is designed as an experiential show unfolding in three parts at Hayy Arts, featuring architects Hussam DakkakBasmah Kaki and Hessa AlBader of Studio Bound curated by Uzma Z. Rizvi and Murtaza Vali.

‘The Mountains Quiver in Anticipation’

November 23, 2022 – April 29, 2023

A group exhibition featuring new commissions, never-before seen works, and pieces from the Art Jameel Collection, that explore Saudi’s rapidly changing landscapes, from the social, cultural and personal to the urban and environmental through the eyes of emerging artists in Saudi.

Past Exhibitions

‘The Distance from Here’

June 8 – October 25, 2022

This group exhibition displays works drawn largely from the Art Jameel Collection, on view for the first time in Saudi Arabia. Focussing on spaces of transition, both physical and non-physical, it explores the ‘in-between’ shifts and exchanges, capturing the interstices of time in a moment of transformation for life and the arts in the Kingdom.

‘Staple: What’s on your plate?’

December 6, 2021 – April 25, 2022

Developed by Art Jameel and Delfina Foundation, this group exhibition investigates what we eat and the entanglements of food with memory, ecology and place, and considers our relationship with food as a starting point to explore a larger landscape of climate emergency.

‘Illuminate: A Noor Riyadh Capsule’

December 6, 2021 – March 31, 2022

‘Illuminate: A Noor Riyadh Capsule’ is a series of large-scale, immersive light installations adapted from the inaugural 2021 Noor Riyadh festival organised by Riyadh Art. With works by 11 major Saudi artists, the exhibition sheds light on artists who have contributed significantly to furthering the technical and social practice of art-making in the Kingdom and wider region.

Dounia and the Princess of Aleppo

Director: André Kadi & Marya Zarif
Release Date: 2022
Running Time: 72 minutes
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English/French


Director: Tamara Kotevska & Ljubomir Stefanov
Release Date: 2019
Running Time: 85 mins
Language: Macedonian
Subtitles: English/Arabic

Raven Song

Director: Mohamed Al Salman
Release Date: 2022
Running Time: 109 mins
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

Our Little Sister

Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu
Release Date: 2015
Running Time: 128 minutes
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Arabic/English

The Third Murder

Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu
Release Date: 2017
Running Time: 124 minutes
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Arabic/English

The Place Promised in Our Early Days

Director: Makoto Shinkai & Yoshio Suzuki
Release Date: 2004
Running Time: 90 minutes
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Arabic

5 Centimeters per Second

Director: Makoto Shinkai
Release Date: 2007
Running Time: 63 minutes
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Arabic

The Journey

Director: Kobun Shizuno
Release Date: 2021
Running Time: 110 minutes
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

Like Father, Like Son

Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu
Release Date: 2013
Running Time: 121 minutes
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Arabic/English

After the Storm

Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu
Release Date: 2016
Running Time: 118 minutes
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Arabic/English

Hayy Explorers: At the Cinema

Lonely alien Chef Franzy discovers that her special pink soup is not just delicious, but also magical, when she shares it with starving creatures living on a strange planet.

Direction Ana Chubinidze

Length8 min 38 sec

Publicfrom 3 years old, all audience, family

Alexandria, Why?

During World War II, an Egyptian teen escapes his country’s tense political climate through his love of American film.


Alexandria Why / Iskindereya Leh
Director: Youssef Chahine
Release Date: 1978
Running Time: 120min
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English