Jameel Prize for contemporary artists and designers

Organised in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the vision of the Jameel Prize is to recognise artists who explore traditional Islamic influences through contemporary art. The Jameel 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 artwork in a special exhibition, which debuts either at the V&A or another notable international museum, before travelling to other venues around the world.

On April 25, the Jameel Prize 5 exhibition debuted at Jameel Arts Centre, one of the first major contemporary arts institutions in Dubai. The exhibition was inaugurated in the presence of Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Nicholas Coleridge CBE, Chairman of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), and Fady Mohammed Jameel, President, Art Jameel. The exhibition runs until September 14, 2019.

Jameel Prize 5

At at an awards ceremony on June 27, 2018, the Jameel Prize was presented to joint winners, Mehdi Moutashar and Marina Tabassum. Eight finalists, working across fashion, architecture and art, were selected for the Jameel Prize 5 by a jury that included Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A; independent design historian Tanya Harrod; Salah Hassan, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; November Paynter, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto; and Ghulam Mohammad, artist and winner of Jameel Prize 4. Alongside Moutashar and Tabassum, Kamrooz Aram, Hayv Kahraman, Hala Kaiksow, Mehdi Moutashar, naqsh collective, Younes Rahmoun,  and Wardha Shabbir were participating finalists. The prize exhibition, featuring works by all eight finalists, runs at the V&A from June 28-November 25, 2018, before touring on to other venues.


Jameel Prize: a global award

The art prize has a truly international reach: to date, finalists have come from Azerbaijan, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United States. The exhibition also has a particularly global reach: Jameel Prize 1 toured the Middle East and North Africa, Jameel Prize 2 Europe and the US, Jameel Prize 3 travelled to Russia (Kazan and Moscow), United Arab Emirates (Sharjah), and Singapore, and Jameel Prize 4 travelled to Republic of Kazakhstan and Korea, after opening a the Pera Museum, Istanbul.


Winner of the Art Jameel Prize 4

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


Jameel Prize Residency

Noor Ali Chagani, one of the shortlisted artists for the Jameel Prize 2011 was selected as the first Jameel Prize Resident Artist. In 2016, he spent three months at the V&A studying in particular the V&A’s Mughal miniature, jewellery and armoury collection. The residency allowed Noor to create a new body of work using his brick and tile making techniques and applying these to the realm of fashion. The beautiful brick jewellery he produced is inspired by the ornamental jewellery worn at the Mughal Court.