For the third year running, the Victoria & Albert Museum are playing host to the Jameel Prize. Meaning 'beautiful' in Arabic, this international competition is a celebration of contemporary Islamic art and design inspired by cultural tradition. Contributors explored traditional forms of Islamic craft and merged it with their own contemporary styles. The aim was to consider the wider debates about Islamic culture and its role in today's society.
The Jameel Prize is touring exhibition, and the Victoria & Albert Museum is an important pitstop along the way. On display until the 21st April, Jameel compliments the museum's Middle Eastern art collection, which is one of the largest in the world. V&A started collecting in the 1850s with the aim to improve its own British design by emulating Islamic structures, patterns, matching decorations, and function.
The Jameel Prize is designed to increase the public profile of Islamic art; shortlisted contestants are invited to share various other works from their collection, in a hope to win the £25,000 prize.This year's entrants come from countries such as Algeria, Brazil, Kosovo, Norway, and Russia. Among those shortlisted are the carpet weaver, Faig Ahmed, calligrapher, Mounir Fatmi, and fashion designer, Dice Kayek.