The third Ithra Art Prize is now open for submissions

The winner will receive $100,000 to create a work for Art Dubai 2020

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra)
The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra)

The third edition of the Ithra Art Prize is now open for submissions.

The prize, a joint initiative between the King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture (Ithra) in Saudi Arabia and Art Dubai, is open to Saudi and Saudi-based contemporary artists.

The winning artist or collective, who will be chosen by a jury and announced at the end of the year, will receive up to $100,000 (Dh367,310) to create a new piece of work. This work will be exhibited at Art Dubai 2020 and then housed permanently at Ithra in Dhahran.

Proposals should not be part of an existing series of work and should include a production timeline and installation plan. The deadline for submissions is October 3 2019.

Previous winners of the Ithra Art Prize are Ayman Zedani and Dania Al Saleh. Zedani won in 2018 for his large-scale, concrete construction, Meem, while this year, the jury chose Alsaleh, who produced a digital, audio-visual presentation, consisting of 28 screens, based on the phonemes of the Arabic language.

Al Saleh speaks of wanting to honour humble objects in her work. Stephen Lock for the National
Dania Al Saleh, who won the Ithra Art prize in 2018. Photo: Stephen Lock for The National

Ithra is a Saudi Aramco initiative, featuring a cinema, theatre and library. It was included by TIME in its 2018 list of the World’s Greatest Places.

For more information about the Ithra Art Prize and to apply, visit:

Published: July 10, 2019 11:55 AM


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