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 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.

Jameel Prize 6

Jameel Prize 6 focuses for the first time on a single discipline – contemporary design – allowing for increased exposure for fashion, product, graphic and craft designers inspired by Islamic traditions. Jameel Prize 6 will also be the first edition of the award to benefit from a dual application process, with the launch of a new open call for submissions in addition to its traditional nomination system.

The applications will be assessed by a stellar jury including Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, Jameel Prize 5 winners Mehdi Moutashar and Marina Tabassum, plus renowned author and design critic Alice Rawsthorn and Barjeel Art Foundation founder Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi. Shortlisted works are included in an exhibition, curated by Rachel Dedman (Jameel Curator of Contemporary Art from the Middle East), that debuts at the V&A, London, in the summer of 2021 before touring internationally. Jameel Prize 6 will be the first major exhibition to take place, globally, with a particular focus on innovative contemporary design inspired by Islamic traditions.

Applications are welcome from practitioners across the discipline including fashion, jewellery, product, graphic, web, and speculative design, as well as typography, architecture, craft, and the applied arts. Applications can be submitted by practicing designers plus other contemporary practitioners who identify particular works within their practice as design; more information on the history of the Prize and the application process is located here.

Applications are open from Wednesday March 18 until Sunday May 31, 2020. You can 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.