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 art work in a special exhibition, which debuts either at the V&A or another notable international museum, before traveling to other venues around the world.
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 art 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, Shahpour Pouyan, Wael Shawky and Bahia Shehab. The award ceremony took place on June 7, 2016, at the Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, with the exhibition continuing through to August 14, 2016.
Jameel Prize 4 concluded its world tour in Almaty’s A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the works of the eleven finalists, which were exhibited until January 7, 2018. Prior to this, the Jameel Prize 4 exhibition was shown at the Asia Culture Centre, Gwangju, Korea. The Jameel Prize 5 will open at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in the summer of 2018.
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.