Q: What inspired you to open Al Madina Art Gallery?
Back in 2004 there were few galleries in Oman so we felt we could offer interesting art work in terms of paintings and photography. We also knew there was a need for a really good framing service. Having established these we branched out into the gift market with our range of heritage items. Most of these are made here in Oman and reflect the unique heritage of the country. In addition we felt there was a need for exhibitions which encouraged new artists to put their work for to public view. We also felt there was a need for art and photographic lessons children and adults.
Q: What does the Gallery offer visitors?
The gallery offers visitors a chance to enjoy local art both in painings and photography and to buy, if they wish, at affordable prices. In addition there is an excellent framing serice with with a wide range of both budget and more expensive mouldings. `There is the opportunity to purchase a many different items with a heritage theme. These range from small prints, and antique maps, to coffee mugs and coasters to name a few. All are printed or made on site. Visitors can sign up for art, jewellery making and photographic classes. We also design and make a selection of jewellery in semi-precious stones, clay, copper and silver. WE also offer corporate photography for company websites and brochures and family portraits.
Q: Tell us about your handmade jewellery?
Our handmade jewellery is designed and made in the gallery by Grace who was trained in the UK. Hers designs are unique and are made in in sdemi-precious stones, wirework, clay, copper and silver. She also offers classes in jewellery making.
Q: Which artists do you exhibit?
We exhibit a wide range of local artists both expatriate and Omani. We welcome artists to exhibit their art if we feel that we can help them sell their images.
Q: Tell us about the Workshops you host?
We offer, art, photographic, and jewellery making classes at very reasonable prices for both adults and children.
Q: What started your love of Photography?
I have always been interested in photography from a young age. In those days it was fun seeing one’s prints developing in the dark room and now there is the excitement of creating art work digitally. It is very satisfying taking some ordinary mundane sublect and showing how it can been seen in a new light and from a different perspective.