Jameel Prize

The Jameel Prize is an international award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. Its aim is to explore the relationship between Islamic traditions of art, craft and design and contemporary work as part of a wider debate about Islamic culture and its role today.

The V&A houses one of the world's great collections of Islamic art from the Middle East. We began to collect art from the Islamic world in the 1850s, and were the first institution in the world to do so with a purpose. This can be seen at its best in the splendid Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art.

The past achievements of the Islamic world in art, craft and design are reflected in the work of many contemporary practitioners.

The Jameel Prize, worth £25,000, was first awarded in 2009 and is held every two years. Work by the finalists is shown in an international touring exhibition. Both the Prize and the exhibition are organised by the V&A in partnership with Art Jameel.

The Jameel Prize is open to artists and designers from any ethnic, religious or cultural background.

Jameel Prize 5

Jameel Prize 5

The eight finalists in this fifth edition have connections with countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Iraq, France and the USA. Their varied practices range from architecture, painting and fashion design to abstract work and multi-media installation. This variety highlights the richness of Islamic tradition as a source of contemporary creativity, which in turn shows how the Islamic past is relevant now.

The exhibition is open from 28 June – 25 November 2018.

Jameel Prize 4

Jameel Prize 4

Ghulam Mohammad was announced as the winner of Jameel Prize 4 for his five works of paper collage, four Untitled and one with the title Gunjaan (2014) on 7 June 2016. Ayşe and Ece Ege, founders of Turkish fashion label Dice Kayek and winners of Jameel Prize 3, presented Ghulam Mohammad with the Prize at a ceremony at the Pera Museum, Istanbul. The judges felt that Ghulam Mohammad’s work stood out for its excellence of concept and execution.

Jameel prize 3

Jameel prize 3

Dice Kayek were announced as the winners of Jameel Prize 3 for Istanbul Contrast, a collection of garments that evoked Istanbul’s architectural and artistic heritage. The judges felt that Dice Kayek's work demonstrated how vibrant and creative Islamic traditions continue to be today.

Jameel Prize 2011

Jameel Prize 2011

Rachid Koraïchi was announced as the winner of the Jameel Prize 2011 for a selection of embroidered cloth banners from a series entitled Les Maitres invisibles. The Judges felt that Rachid's work matches the aims of the Jameel Prize through its qualities of design and reliance on traditional craft.

Jameel Prize 2009

Jameel Prize 2009

Afruz Amighi was announced as the winner of the Jameel Prize 2009 for 1001 Pages from a series of shadowpieces. Amighi uses light and shadow to create complex and engaging designs using a stencil burner to hand-cut the design from a thin, porous sheet of plastic – a material used in the construction of refugee tents.

In partnership with Art Jameel