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Annette Gibbons-Warren

Art in the Landscape Projects Director

Royal Commission for AlUla

Annette joined the Royal Commission for AlUla in 2017. As Art in the Landscape Projects Director she leads the development of Wadi AlFann, and the intention to integrate art inspired by the extraordinary natural and cultural heritage of AlUla throughout the region.

Wadi AlFann, or ‘Valley of the Arts’, is unparalleled in its ambition. Spanning 65 sq km of outstanding natural landscape, it will be an awe-inspiring new global, cultural destination for contemporary Land Art, where site-specific era-defining works will offer a profound opportunity to experience art in dialogue with nature. Learning from the desert, iconic and pioneering artists from around the world are responding to the landscape of AlUla, supported by architecture and programming which prioritises sustainable and regenerative practice.

Throughout her time at RCU, Annette is proud to have developed and opened Madrasat Addeera in 2020, the area’s first Centre for Traditional Arts and Design, she also led art commissioning and production for Desert X AlUla and early arts strategy for the many cultural infrastructure projects of Arts AlUla in line with the Kingdom’s intention to improve quality of life and social and economic prosperity through investment in culture

Prior to joining RCU, Annette worked across the development of capital cultural projects, performing arts production and arts and architecture commissioning, as Strategic Projects Manager at the Serpentine Galleries, working in London and China, at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Riverside Studios and the Science Museum.

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