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Press: Khaleej Times | 2019

‘Despite challenges, the Saudi Arabia art movement is growing fast’

Like all girls from privileged Saudi families, Halla bint Khalid grew up with everyone at school and elsewhere predicting her future - doctor or teacher. But Halla was creatively minded and it was clear that she would be an artist when, as a child, she painted her first sunflower. This one was a Van Gogh in the making. Today, at 47, the mother-of-five, is a popular storyteller with a surfeit of Arabic and English children's bestsellers to her name (Adventures of a Paperweight, Everywhere and Hiccups etc).