A New Era For The Jameel Prize

Mar 23,2020

The Victoria & Albert Museum, London (V&A) and Art Jameel announced substantial changes to the Jameel Prize, heralding in a new era for the world’s leading award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. Previously a mixed-media award, the next Jameel Prize is dedicated to a single discipline: in 2020-21, the focus will be 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 Jameel Prize was founded in 2009 to recognise the influence of Islamic tradition on contemporary culture and celebrate contemporary practitioners inspired by Islamic design and visual culture. Throughout its 10-year history, the prize has continued to evolve and grow; Jameel Prize 5 was jointly awarded for the first time -- to Iraqi artist Mehdi Moutashar and Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum. Through its five editions, the Jameel Prize has received more than 1,000 nominations from over 40 countries around the world; exhibited the work of 48 artists and designers; and toured 16 venues globally.

The exhibition will open at the V&A, London, in Summer 2021 before touring internationally; it will be the first exhibition to take place, globally, with a particular focus on innovative contemporary design inspired by Islamic traditions.

Jameel Prize 6 sets out to highlight the extraordinary innovation and craftsmanship inherent in today’s design world; 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.


Jameel Prize 6 application process timeline:

  • January – March 2020: Designers nominated by network of nominators
  • 18 March 2020: Applications open
  • 31 May 2020: Applications close
  • July 2020: Jury meets in London
  • September 2020: Shortlisted designers announced
  • Summer 2021: Jameel Prize 6 exhibition opens at the V&A, London


For more information visit www.artjameel.org