Exhibition Commentary, Exhibition in London 1999-2000.

“It was particularly interesting for me to hear your descriptions of the background to your own paintings and of the scenes which they portray. I found the whole Exhibition extremely impressive and greatly admired both your paintings and those of The Prince of Wales. They do offer a most interesting contrast in culture and traditions which can only be to the benefit of the already excellent relations between our two countries.”

HRH The Duke of Kent
St. James’s Palace. London SW1 – June 2000.

“Cultural exchanges such as the Painting and Patronage exhibitions are so important in breaking down the many misconceptions that exist between Europe and the Middle East. It is clear to me that Your Royal Highness is so very central to this important work especially through your impressive King Faisal Foundation which undertakes a great deal of worthy projects in this area.”

HRH Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia
President of The Prince of Venice Foundation. Geneva – March 2001

“I thought that both the London and Riyadh exhibitions and all the arrangements relating to them were truly excellent. The relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Britain were certainly cemented, not least by the common interests and approaches of the two princes. Thank you indeed for the efforts of Eligo and the Painting and Patronage team.”

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, KCMG,
Chairman of Shell London March 2001

“A truly inspiring, unique and vital cultural exchange programme. I hope such initiatives will continue.”

Maria Joao Espirito Santo Bustorff Silva
President of the Ricardo do Espirito Santo Silva Foundation Lisbon – March 2001

“I was delighted to have had the opportunity to meet HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Al-Saud and to learn of the Painting and Patronage exhibition. It is truly a worthy cause and I commend it for its welcomed activities. I wish you ever success with future exhibitions which I am pleased to learn will also tour Europe and North America.”

The Rt Hon Baroness Thatcher, LG, Former British Prime Minister – House of Lords London – July 2000

“I want to congratulate you on an extremely well organised programme and exhibitions. I know this was in large part due to your determination and professionalism.”

H.E. Dr Ghazi Algosaibi Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Court of St James’s. London – 22 June 2000

“The paintings of both the Prince of Wales and Prince Khalid were immensely impressive in their individual ways and I thoroughly enjoyed the Painting and Patronage exhibitions. My congratulations to you and all your team for an outstandingly well organised exhibition.”

Edward Asprey Asprey & Garrard Crown Jeweller. London – 16 June 2000

“It is clear to all that a great deal of creativity, determination and effort was put in to achieve what turned out to be a truly magnificent occasion and one that clearly established a much needed cultural agenda between Saudi Arabia and Britain. The coming together of two such prominent statesmen and artists as HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Al-Saud, and the launch of an artistic summer school, was an amazing achievement. Your programme of high level public events, including the participation of Her Majesty The Queen, ensured that our corporate objectives as sponsors were more than met.”

Floris Ansingh President and Chief Executive Shell Companies in Saudi Arabia Riyadh – 25 June 2000

“I realise that organising such major international events is no easy task, so the fact that the entire programme was so very well organised, interesting, informative, and exceeded our own expectations is a great credit to you.”

HRH The Duke of Bragança Lisbon – 14 March 2001
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