The V&A has announced the shortlist for the Jameel Prize 4. Eleven artists and designers have been shortlisted for this year’s £25,000 prize, which is awarded every two years.

The Jameel Prize 4 exhibition will open on 8 June 2016 until 14 August 2016 at the Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey. This is the first time that the Jameel Prize will be launched at an external venue and the exhibition will in future rotate between the V&A and guest venues around the world. The winner will be announced on 7 June 2016.

V&A Director and chair of the Jameel Prize 4 judges, Martin Roth, said: “Since the V&A launched the Jameel Prize in 2009, the international touring exhibition has been seen by over 172,000 visitors around the world. To take the successful international element of the prize a step further we are delighted that the Pera Museum will be the first host venue to announce the winner of the Jameel Prize. The V&A enjoys an excellent relationship with the Pera Museum which is well known for mixing Ottoman tradition with contemporary art and design.”

Over 280 nominations for the Jameel Prize 4 were received from countries as far ranging as Afghanistan, Mali, Puerto Rico and Thailand. A panel of judges, chaired by V&A Director, Martin Roth, selected the shortlist. Works on show will range from delicate paper collages to an animated video installation with marionettes and from ceramics, calligraphy and sculpture to artist’s books.

Eleven shortlisted artists and designers are:


image David Chalmers Alesworth, Hyde Park Kashan 1862, Pile carpet, embroidery, 2011 / Courtesy of Fundación AMA, Santiago, Chile. Photo: David Chalmers Alesworth


image Rasheed Araeen, Al-GhazaliAl-GhazaliAl-GhazaliAl-Ghazali, Acrylic on canvas, 2010-11 / Courtesy of Rasheed Araeen. Photo: Vipul Sangoi


image Lara Assouad, Modular Arabic Alphabet, Photograph, 2015 / Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Sebastian Ebbinghaus


image CANAN, Resistance on Istiklal Street, 2014, Ink, colours and gold on special paper / Courtesy of the artist and Rampa. Photo by André Carvalho and Tugba Karatop - Chroma


image Ruler Day Night (Start 14 September) Cevdet Erek, Wood, ink on Perspex, 2011 / Courtesy of the artist and AKINCI, Amsterdam. Photo: Peter Cox


image Sahand Hesamiyan, Nail, Steel, 2012 / Courtesy of the artist and The Third Line


image Lucia Koch, Mostruário (acrilico-espelho) / Showcase (acrylic-mirror) from the series Materiais de Construção / Construction Materials, Steel sliding frames, mirrored acrylic, 2012 / Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Nara Roesler. Photo: Everton Ballardin


image Ghulam Mohammad, Untitled, Paper collage and Iranian ink on wasli, 2014 / Private Collection. Photo by Usman Javaid


image Shahpour Pouyan, Untitled (Part of Unthinkable Thought series), Glazed high fired ceramic, 2014 / Courtesy of the Artist and Lawrie Shabibi


image Wael Shawky, Cabaret Crusades: The Path to Cairo, HD video, 2012 / © Wael Shawky, Courtesy of Lisson Gallery


image Bahia Shehab, A Thousand Times No (2010), Artist’s book / Courtesy of the artist, Photo by Bahia Shehab

A short film about the artists’ work can be viewed online at

The judges are:

  • Alan Caiger-Smith, potter
  • Ece and Ayşe Ege, founders of the fashion label Dice Kayek and winners of Jameel Prize 3
  • Rose Issa, curator, writer, publisher and producer
  • Hammad Nasar, curator, writer and Head of Research and Programmes at Asia Art Archive (AAA), Hong Kong
  • Martin Roth, Director of the V&A

One of the judges, Hammad Nasar, Head of Research and Programmes at Asia Art Archive (AAA), Hong Kong, commented: “This year’s shortlist includes not just a diversity of practices from sound to film to minimalist sculptures, but also evidences a growing confidence in the artists, many with strong reputations in the global art world, to assert their multiple identities – both contemporary and rooted in Muslim cultures. This is a welcome development, and suggests that platforms such as the Jameel Prize can contribute to expanding our collective ideas of what ‘global’ visual culture looks like.”

Since its launch in 2009, each edition of the Prize has been seen on international tour. Most recently, the Jameel Prize 3 exhibition visited the National Library in Singapore (2015); the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, UAE (2015); and two venues in Russia, the Hermitage-Kazan Exhibition Centre in Kazan and the New Manège in Moscow (2014). At the V&A and on tour in 2014 and 2015, the exhibition was seen by 183,178 visitors.

The Jameel Prize is a £25,000 international art prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of craft and design. Launched in 2009, the winner of the first Jameel Prize was Afruz Amighi for her work 1001 Pages (2008), an intricate hand-cut screen made from the woven plastic used to construct refugee tents. In 2011 Rachid Koraïchi was awarded the prize, for his work Les Maîtres Invisibles (The Invisible Masters, 2008), a group of embroidered cloth banners which display Arabic calligraphy and symbols and ciphers to explore the lives and legacies of the 14 great mystics of Islam. In 2013 the winner of Jameel Prize 3 was Dice Kayek, a Turkish fashion label established in 1992 by Ece and Ayşe Ege for their work Istanbul Contrast, a collection that evokes Istanbul’s architectural and artistic heritage. This was the first time the Jameel Prize was awarded to designers.

The Jameel Prize is supported by Art Jameel. The prize was conceived after the renovation of the 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. Award-winning architect Dame Zaha Hadid is Patron of the Jameel Prize.

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