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Submission deadline for prestigious Ithra Art Prize is today

Winner receives up to $100,000 to realise major artwork for debut at Art Dubai.

Launched in 2017, and a joint initiative between Saudi Arabia’s Ithra (The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture) and Art Dubai, the prize supports contemporary artistic talent from Saudi Arabia and provides the winner with up to $100,000 to realise a major new artwork, which will debut at Art Dubai 2020 before joining Ithra’s permanent collection.

Following a complete review of submitted artwork proposals and deliberation by a prestigious five-member jury comprising distinguished art aficionadas and professionals with strong connections to the Saudi, Arab and international art community, the winning artist will be announced in late 2019.

The selected art piece will debut at Art Dubai 2020 (25-28 March 2020) before it joins previous winners as part of Ithra’s growing permanent art collection in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

The high-profile jury for the third edition of the Ithra Art Prize 2020 features:

· Dr. Nada Shabout, Professor of Art History and Coordinator of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Culture Studies Initiative (CAMCSI) in Texas.

· Tarek Abou El Fetouh, Independent curator and architect.

· Eiman Elgibreen, artist and Assistant Professor of Art History at the Princess Nourah University.

· Reem Fadda, Director of the Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi.

· Maya El Khalil, Independent Curator and former Director at Athr Gallery in Jeddah.

Previous winners of the prize are Saudi conceptual artist Ayman Zedani (whose commission, ‘Meem’, was exhibited at Art Dubai in 2018) and Daniah Alsaleh (whose large-scale multimedia installation, ‘Sawtam’, was unveiled at Art Dubai this year and before that participated in the Artificial Intelligence and Intercultural Dialogue Art Exhibition at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia).

For more information on the application criteria, visit:




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