Manal AlDowayan is a conceptual artist. She was born and raised in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia and carries a Masters degree in Systems Analysis and Design. She worked as the Creative Director of the Saudi Arabian oil company for ten years before becoming a full-time artist. She has participated in several residencies including: Delfina Foundation in London, The Town House Gallery in Cairo, Cuadro Gallery in Dubai, and Mathaf Project Space in Doha. Manal has been inducted into various cultural leadership initiatives including the Clore Leadership program and the British Council International Cultural Leaders program. She has also been invited as the key note speaker in many international conferences and seminars; most recently at the Clinton Foundation in Little Rock, Arkansas as part of the Club de Madrid’s 2012 annual conference, entitled “Harnessing 21st Century Solutions: A Focus on Women” and at "Beyond Borders, The Platform for Small Nation Dialogue and Cultural Exchange" in Scotland 2012.


Manal has been included in international exhibitions including the collateral exhibitions in the  Venice Biennial in 2011 and 2009, the Berlin Biennial in 2010, and in Contemporary Istanbul in 2010. Her works are part of the permanent collections of the British Museum, LA County Museum, Mathaf Museum of Modern Arab Art, the Jordan National Museum of Fine Art, the Abdul Latif Jamil Foundation, the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), the Nadour Foundation, and the Barjeel Foundation. Manal AlDowayan is represented by Cuadro Gallery in Dubai. She currently lives and works between her native Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and Dubai, UAE.

This year she has had the following major exhibits and activities:

On the second night of Cinema on the Steps screens Manal AlDowayan’s silent mash-up of 1940’s and 50’s belly dancing. Also being screened are films by Ziad Antar and Rania Stephan curated by Alia Sanusi and Abdulla AlTurki. ICA Theater on the Mall. London UK 20 - 23 August 2013

Do you want to be part of my artwork?To all the wonderful women in Saudi … I would like to invite you to become an active participant in an artwork I am producing.  You are invited to attend a workshop with me, where we will have a short discussion then we will work on creating a collaborative art piece. This artwork will be shown in Jeddah as part of the Mu’alagat exhibition during the Jeddah Arts [21,39] programming planned for February 4, 2014.

Nuqat: Executing Culture Shock
The purpose of this year's conference is to challenge and examine the experience of cultural change and its effect on artists and designers. It will also assess the role of creatives in executing change within a transforming culture through the exploration of its transitional levels. Manal will give a talk titled “A Journey of Belonging”. November 7 - 12, 2013, Kuwait.

Books, Borders & Bikes 2013
Manal will exhibiting her I AM collection and speaking at the 4th Annual International Festival of Literature and Thought at Traquair House in the Borders. The 2013 Festival will bring together writers, artists, cultural and political leaders from all over the world for a relaxing yet stimulating weekend of debates, walks, cycles, films and art. Festival themes include national identity, liberty and the State, Iraq 10 years on, Scotland's role in the world, the power of cultural diplomacy and the rise of protests. 17-18 August Edinburgh, Scotland. (Video of these talks are available online)

Global DIalogue - 7th Edition of Art Dubai:
Professor of political science Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, artist Manal Al Dowayan, and geostrategist Parag Khanna discuss POLEMICS: FREEZONE. (Audio of this panel is now available online)