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. Jameel Prize 4 travelled to Turkey where the winner was announced, then went to Korea and Kazakhstan. 

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.

In 2018, the artist Mehdi Moutashar (b.1943, Hilla, Iraq) and the architect Marina Tabassum (b. 1969 in Dhaka, Bangladesh) were announced as joint winners of Jameel Prize 5. This is the first time the prize has been awarded to two finalists.

The Jameel Prize 5 exhibition came to the Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai in April 2019. In addition to the 2018 joint prize winners, the exhibition presents works by Iranian artist Kamrooz Aram; Iraqi-born painter Hayv Kahraman; Bahraini fashion designer Hala Kaiksow; Jordan and Dubai-based graphic designer and architect duo naqsh collective; Moroccan multimedia artist Younes Rahmoun; and Pakistani painter Wardha Shabbir. 

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