Lahd Gallery commemorates ten years of MENASA creativity

17 November 2015

Ten years ago, HH Nauf Bendar Al Saud, a Saudi Arabian princess, decided to dedicate her life to promote the arts, female empowerment and creativity, and she founded Lahd Gallery aged only twenty.

The space launched as a platform to showcase female artists from the Gulf, and it established itself as the leading gallery that exhibits emerging and established artists from the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia).

Nauf Albendar is a PhD graduate in clinical medicine and a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. The princess broke the royal tradition by working full time as a genetic researcher at the King Faisal Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and also setting up Lahd Gallery.

Accolades include global recognition for her achievements through international media coverage, and she was also distinguished honouree of the UN Millennium Development Goals: 2015 Progress Award.

On 10 October 2015, an immersive celebration of the Lahd Gallery took place at Kent House in Knightsbridge, London. Entitled Le Salon de Lahd, it brought together a number of artists and designers who could admire the original artistic creations on display. One of the attendees was Yuya Shibayama, one of the fifty remaining stone artists in Kanto, Japan, who presented the princes with a stone art picture of Mount Fuji. The stone is said to possess healing qualities and the power to align body and soul.

HH Nauf Albendar commented: “My desire to celebrate this significant milestone by representing all MENASA creative forms goes back to my initial vision: creating a platform to reinforce innovative and visionary talents. Acknowledging people’s achievements and celebrating their dreams is a pretty powerful thing. This is something that contemporary artists didn’t have in my region back in 2005 and this something that I personally had to attempt on my own in my life. Giving that platform, for me, is everything.”


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