Jameel Prize for contemporary artists and designers

Organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in partnership with Art Jameel, the vision of the Jameel Prize is to recognise the influence of Islamic tradition on contemporary culture and celebrate contemporary practitioners inspired by Islamic design and visual culture.

The artists and designers shortlisted 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.

Jameel Prize: Poetry to Politics

Opening September 18, 2021, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, before touring internationally, ‘Jameel Prize: Poetry to Politics’ showcases works by eight finalists shortlisted from over 400 applications for the £25,000 prize: Golnar Adili (Iran), Hadeyeh Badri (UAE), Kallol Datta (India), Farah Fayyad (Lebanon), Ajlan Gharem (Saudi Arabia), Sofia Karim (UK), Jana Traboulsi (Lebanon), and Bushra Waqas Khan (Pakistan).

Jameel Prize: Poetry to Politics will be the first international exhibition to focus on innovative contemporary design inspired by Islamic tradition. With diverse practices spanning graphic design and fashion, typography and textiles, installation and activism, the finalists engage with both the personal and the political, interpreting the past in creative and critical ways. The works in the exhibition will address global events and lived realities, and the legacies of language, architecture and craft. A winner will be announced on the opening of the exhibition in September 2021.

The international jury for ‘Jameel Prize: Poetry to Politics,’ which selected the shortlist and will choose the winner, includes V&A Director Tristram Hunt as jury chairperson, the joint-winners of Jameel Prize 5, Iraqi artist Mehdi Moutashar and Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum, as well as British author and design critic Alice Rawsthorn and Emirati writer, researcher and founder of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

As the V&A seeks to promote different aspects of this burgeoning field, ‘Jameel Prize: Poetry to Politics’ is the first devoted to a single discipline. This edition also welcomed submissions via open call, as well as its traditional nomination system. More information on the history of the Prize is located here.

You can also read the press release here for more information.

Jameel Prize 5

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 HarrodSalah 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.

On April 25, 2019, 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.

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 at the Pera Museum, Istanbul.

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.