Sixth Jameel Prize dedicated to Islamic influences in contemporary design

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Tue, 2020-03-24 13:23

DUBAI: The long revered Jameel Prize, launched by London’s
Victoria & Albert museum and Art Jameel in 2009 to recognize
the influence of Islamic tradition on contemporary culture, is
heralding in a new era. This year, which marks its sixth edition,
will be dedicated to design. 

The prize has continued to evolve throughout its history,
highlighting the cross-section of various creative disciplines,
including architecture, film, sculpture and fashion, as well as
histories of different regions from across the Middle East, North
Africa and South Asia region. Previously a solely mixed-media
award, the next edition of the prize is the first time that it will
be centred on a single discipline.

Jameel Prize is launched by London’s Victoria & Albert museum
and Art Jameel in 2009. (Supplied)

Why the focus on Islamic design? As the worlds of contemporary
art and collectible design grow closer, much has been noted on
their evolving marriage. The Jameel Prize 6 further cements the
growing interest in the world of design from a fine art
standpoint.

“Despite the deep craft traditions and recent growth of the
Middle Eastern and Asian design scenes, contemporary design
inspired by Islamic tradition is yet to have its due spotlight,”
stated Art Jameel in a statement. 

“The sixth edition of the prize zooms in on a single
discipline — that of contemporary design — while magnifying the
scope to include an open call, enabling practitioners from across
the world to apply,” said Director of Art Jameel Antonia
Carver. 

Jameel Prize is created to recognize the influence of Islamic
tradition on contemporary culture. (Supplied)

Importantly, how does one define what constitutes design?
Applications, which opened on March 18 and run until May 31, 2020,
welcome practitioners from a wide range of disciplines, including
jewelry, product, web, graphic, fashion, speculative design,
typography, craft, architecture and applied arts. The Jameel Prize
6 exhibition will open at the V&A in London during the summer
of 2021, curated by the V&A’s Jameel Curator of Contemporary
Art from the Middle East Rachel Dedman, in collaboration with
Senior Curator Tim Stanley.

This year marks Jameel Prize’s sixth edition. (Supplied)

“We think the Jameel Prize 6 exhibition will be the largest
such show to date, anywhere in the world, of innovative
contemporary design inspired by Islamic traditions,” added
Carver. “The prize reminds us of the enduring influence of the
great age of Islamic art and design on today’s creatives.”

The Jameel Prize 5 marked further evolution. It was awarded
jointly for the first time to Iraqi artist Mehdi Moutashar and
Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum. 

Jameel Prize’s sixth edition will be dedicated to design.
(Supplied)

The jury follows the same format as other editions of the prize.
The jury will be chaired by Dr Tristram Hunt, director of the
V&A, and will comprise 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.

“Art Jameel aims to take a ‘kaizen’ approach, recognizing
the potential in continually questioning and striving for
improvement, to its programs, and the process of working with the
V&A to rethink and future-proof the Jameel Prize,” added
Carver. 

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Sixth Jameel Prize dedicated to Islamic influences in contemporary design