British Council | Visual Arts

Welcome to the British Council Visual Arts competition site. Here you will find details of competitions and projects related to our visual arts programme that you can get involved with.

Out of Arabia - Saudi Arabia

Andrew Buchanan
Andrew Buchanan


Best Overall Work
Best in Age Group Work
2nd  Ayman Saud Hafiz - A study of the legacy of Medina City
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The People’s Choice/Vote
3rd  Talal Altakhaes – carved from natural stone


Out of Arabia Online Art Competition

Out of Arabia is an online art competition running from 23rd April to 20th July 2012.

The competition aims to provoke a creative exploration of the idea of what constitutes landscape throughout the Arabian peninsular, capturing the diversity and originality of contemporary artistic explorations and interpretations of landscape.

We want to see your individual responses to the theme of landscape using the medium of visual art. This competition is open to residents of Saudia Arabia only.

Upload your entries and be in with a chance to win a digital SLR camera or a range of fine art materials and have your original artwork exhibited at both the National Museum in Riyadh and the Foyer Gallery of the British Council’s Headquarters in London. Let's make this a competition to remember!  


For the first time in Saudia Arabia, the British Council, in partnership with The National Museum in Riyadh, is exhibiting a selection of key artworks from its Collection by important 20th century British artists in the exhibition Out Of Britain.

Out of Britain explores the theme of the British landscape, from the urban to the rural and the UK’s encircling coastline. The exhibition features over 50 artworks and examines the ways in which artists have engaged with landscape. Structured around an imagined journey the display will begin in the city and lead out into the countryside to follow the coastline before ultimately returning to an urban landscape. The exhibition features works across a range of media by artists such as JS Lowry, Graham Sutherland, Fay Godwin, Richard Long and Conrad Shawcross.


Out Of Britain is supported by a full two-month programme of public lectures and workshops for artists and teachers, as well as this nation-wide online art competition.


For information and queries regarding the competition in English or Arabic please contact

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