About The Jameel Prize


The Jameel Prize and resulting exhibition are organized by Victoria and Albert Museum in London (V&A). Leading curators, designers, artists and cultural figures from across the world
were invited to nominate applicants to the Jameel Prize. Almost 200 nominations were received from which a shortlist of 10 artists and designers was drawn up by the judging panel.

The exhibition presenting the work of artists on the Jameel Prize 2011 shortlist is curated by Tim Stanley, senior curator of the V&A’s Middle Eastern collection, with Salma Tuqan, V&A’s
Middle East curator of contemporary art.

The V&A announced the shortlist for the Jameel Prize 2011 earlier this year at Art Dubai. A panel of judges, chaired by the then V&A Director, Sir Mark Jones, selected the shortlist from
almost 200 nominations. Learn more from the Victoria and Albert Museum London.

The Jameel Prize is conducted in partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (AUCI). The prize was conceived after the redesign and redisplay ofthe V&A’s Jameel Gallery of
Islamic Art, which opened in July 2006. The gallery is an outstanding presentation of the rich artistic heritage of the Islamic world, and the prize aims to raise awareness of the thriving interaction between contemporary practice and this great historical heritage. It has also contributed to a broader understanding of Islamic culture and its place in the world.

The Jameel Prize 2011 Judges
• Wassan AI-Khudhairi, Director, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar
• Navid Akhtar, Executive Director, Gazelle Media
• Afruz Amighi, artist and winner of the Jameel Prize 2009
• Dina Bakhoum, Conservation Programme Manager, The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Egypt

About Abdullatif Jameel Community Initiatives (AUCI):
Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (AUCI) is committed to furthering and promoting opportunities for thousands of young Saudi men and women each year through its job creation initiative called BAB Rizq Jameel (BRJ). BRJ has created more than 45,010 jobs in 2010 and has created more than 175,101 jobs since inception in 2003. The Jameel Prize tour is one of its increasing numbers of international initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa. Learn more

The Exhibition’s International Tour
The Jameel Prize 2011 exhibition embarked on an international tour after viewing at the V&A, with venues at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris in winter 2011–12; the Casa Árabe in Madrid spring 2012; and the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University in winter 2012–13. The Jameel Prize 2009 was the first V&A exhibition to visit Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, the UAE and Morocco.

For further Press information contact Anna Koster, Head of Communications, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, 650-725-4657, akoster@stanford.edu



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Rachid Koraichi, The Invisible Masters, 2008. Courtesy of October Gallery. Photo by Jonathan Greet

Hayv Kahraman, Migrant 8, 2010. Courtesy of the artist. Collection of Tarek & Lina Damerji

Soody Sharifi, Fashion Week, 2010. Courtesy of the LTMH Gallery, New York