Jameel Prize

Jameel Prize

The Jameel Prize is an international award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition.

The winner of the Jameel Prize is announced at the opening ceremony of the main exhibition and receives £25,000 to assist with future creative endeavors.

Ghulam Mohammad, the winner of the Jameel Prize 4

Organized in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the vision of the Jameel Prize is to promote artists who explore traditional Islamic influences through contemporary art. The prize, worth £25,000, is open to contemporary artists and designers from all around the world and entry is by nomination, recommended by a wide range of specialists.

The artists and designers short-listed for the Jameel Prize are invited to show examples of their work in a special exhibition at the V&A or another museum before traveling to other venues around the world. Since its beginning, the Jameel Prize has gone from strength to strength.

Jameel Prize 1 toured the Middle East and North Africa, Jameel Prize 2 Europe and the US, and Jameel Prize 3 travelled to Russia (Kazan and Moscow), United Arab Emirates (Sharjah), and Singapore.

The prize has a truly global reach: to date, we have had finalists from Azerbaijan, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United States.

The winner of the Jameel Prize 4 is Ghulam Mohammad, the first artist from Pakistan to win the Jameel Prize. Using second-hand books, Ghulam’s paper cuttings of Urdu script pasted on Wasli paper create abstract compositions, intricate collages.

The shortlisted artists of the Jameel Prize 4 are: David Chalmers Alesworth , Rasheed Araeen , Lara Assouad, Canan, Cevdet Erek, Sahand Hesamiyan, Lucia Koch, Ghulam Mohammad, Shahpour Pouyan, Wael Shawky and Bahia Shehab. The award ceremony took place on the 7th of June 2016 at the Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey and the exhibition was on display from 8th June to 14th August 2016.

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