Saudi Arabian Princess and Lahd Gallery Founder, H.H Nauf Bendar Al Saud, leads gallery celebrations in Knightsbridge, London.
Ten years ago a powerful and inspirational woman (at the tender ago of 20) – H.H Nauf Bendar Al Saud; a Saudi Arabian Princess – took the step to channel her passion for the arts, female empowerment and creativity. The now renowned Lahd Gallery was born. This poignant and powerful space launched as a platform to showcase female artists from the gulf, quickly establishing itself as an important part of the international contemporary art scene. Over the last ten years Lahd Gallery has developed into the leading Gallery when it comes to representing emerging and established artists from the MENASA (middle east, north Africa and south Asia).
Nauf Albendar’s story is one of un-convention, determination and dedication. An imperial PhD graduate in Clinical Medicine and a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, Prs. Nauf Albendar broke the royal tradition by working full time as a genetic researcher at the King Faisal Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and also setting up Lahd Gallery. Accolades include global recognition for her services towards the arts through international media coverage – underpinning the importance
of her work. Shortlisted as The Woman of the Future in Arts, Media and Culture at the Women of the Future Awards in 2011, and as the distinguished honoree of the UN Millennium
Development Goals: 2015 Progress Award, Nauf’s dedication and passion infectiously inspires and touches so many across the globe.
10th October 2015 will see an immersive celebration of the Lahd Gallery come to life at the stunning Kent House, Knightsbridge. Entitled ‘Le Salon de Lahd’, expertly curated artists and designers are brought together, bringing to life the unexpected and evocative for a night to remember.
H.H Dr. Nauf Albendar commented: ‘My desire to celebrate this significant milestone by representing all MENASA creative forms and not only the Gallery’s, goes back to my initial vision: creating a platform to reinforce innovative & visionary talents. Acknowledging people’s achievements and celebrating their dreams is a pretty powerful thing! This is something that contemporary artists didn’t have in my region back in 2005 and this something that I personally had to attempt on my own in my life. Giving that platform, for me, is everything.’