What is art and what is not in Saudi Arabia? We were hoping to answer that in the first monthly Casual Art Talk (CAT) I hosted in Jeddah on November 23, 2011. CAT is a small initiative I started to gather artists and art lovers of all ages to talk about art in all its different forms. We began by discussing the broad definition of art, but all who attended felt that it would be more productive to think about the local art scene. As with so many conversations trying to answer the question of what is art, the only conclusion attendees could agreed on is that art is a matter of taste and we will never concur on its purpose.
Soraya Darwish is a lazy artist who can write and take pictures, and initiator of Casual Art Talk (2011). A passionate lover of art and culture, her slogan is "Embrace art and culture!"