In January 2023, Arts AlUla and the French Agency for AlUla Development (Afalula) launched the latest edition of AlUla Artist Residency programme.

Artist Residency 2023

The second edition of the second cycle of AlUla Artist Program took place from January 3rd – March 20th 2023, and gathered six artists: Monira Al Qadiri, Manon Wertenbroek, Ayman Zedani, Agnieszka Kurant, Ben Elliot and Bricklab.

This edition of the AlUla Artist Program strived to encourage reinterpretation of AlUla’s cultural heritage into the digital realm.

The artists spent time in AlUla to observe and research the natural environment and cultural heritage of AlUla in an exploration of how new ecologies can be made possible via the medium of digital art.

Dinner AlUla Artist residency

Artist residency 2022

Six artists from different backgrounds participated in the first edition (18 January – 31 March 2022): Kevin Bray, Petra Cortright, Nicolas Lamas, Timur Si-Quin, and the duo Ittah Yoda.

The residency aimed to foster dialogue, exchange, and collaboration between the artists in residence and the community of experts working on the ground in AlUla, as well as local practitioners and members of the local community. Their weeks of exchanges gave them extraordinary opportunities to develop their “techno-vernacular” research.
The artists, the experts, and the local community participated in a dynamic and regular public programme.


The Digging Up The Future edition was a step towards building a continual programme of artists in residence – a key aspect in the long-term endeavour to nurture a flourishing creative industry and cultural economy in AlUla, creating cultural bridges, both geographically and aesthetically, reinterpreting cultural artifacts from the past through the digital.

Artist residency 2022 AlUla

Goals and Benefits

The AlUla Artist Residency aims to provide artists with an immersive environment that encourages the development of new ideas, fosters creativity, and facilitates cultural exchange. The residency allows artists to engage with the rich history and vibrant community of AlUla, providing extraordinary opportunities to develop their “techno-vernacular” research. In addition, the program offers unique networking opportunities, enabling artists to connect and collaborate with experts and local practitioners.

Immersive environment AlUla

Engagement with the Community

One of the defining aspects of the AlUla Artist Residency is its emphasis on community engagement. The artists, experts, and the local community participate in a dynamic and regular public programme, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared learning. This exchange not only enriches the experience of the artists but also contributes to the cultural vitality of the AlUla community.

Artists In ALULA

Experience the creative journey of our artists. From initial sketches to final masterpieces, our AlUla page showcases the incredible talent and diversity of the artists who participated in the residency programs. Immerse yourself in their creative processes and explore the innovative works they developed during their time in AlUla.