Prince's School of Traditional Arts

Supporting communities

As part of citizenship initiatives in Europe, Aramco has launched a pilot program with the Prince's School of Traditional Arts (PSTA) – offering open lectures and courses to the public.

Aramco fosters greater cultural understanding through support of traditional arts.

The PSTA is part of the The Prince’s Foundation, a group of not-for-profit organizations of which HRH The Prince of Wales is President. 

The Aramco Open Program offers free lectures and courses to enable the British public to learn more about Middle Eastern art and its origins. By supporting art from the Middle East we hope to encourage greater understanding of its unique heritage and how such traditions are bound by common values that connect all people regardless of their background.

The PSTA is a natural fit as the art was not only about expression and the appreciation of beautiful pieces, but also about the deep theoretical principles that underlined the methodology.

The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts

The school was founded at the Royal College of Art in 1984 to ensure that traditional arts and skills enrich the changing world and has been part of The Prince’s Foundation since 2018. It offers courses suitable for anyone interested in traditional arts and features academic programs for graduates along with short courses, taster sessions and lectures that are open to all.

The content at PSTA is diverse and wide-ranging, introducing students to a variety of artistic styles and cultures. Recent courses have included the study of geometric principles or calligraphy following classical and traditional concepts. 

Building Cross-Cultural Bridges

In Saudi Arabia, the King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran was launched in 2017 and serves as the company’s flagship initiative. 

In a changing, globalized world, it builds cultural bridges by merging traditional culture with global perspectives to create new experiences. Through partnerships in Europe, we aim to replicate this intent; with Aramco’s roots in the Middle East and offices all over the world, we understand the importance of appreciating and understanding different cultures and hope to show how ultimately all cultures share common values.

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