About Ithra Art Prize:

Launched in 2017, the Ithra Art Prize is awarded to emerging Saudi and Saudi-based talent in contemporary art as a means to support, fund and promote Saudi artists. We offer them the opportunity to reach global audiences.

In its previous editions, the Art Prize was awarded locally to Saudi and Saudi-based contemporary artists in partnership with Art Dubai. The current 4th edition, and all subsequent awards, the prize will extend its geographical reach to include established contemporary artists that are from or based in one of the 22 Arab countries.

The 4th edition of the Ithra Art Prize will be in collaboration with Ad-Diriyah Biennale Foundation in its first-ever edition in December 2021, where the unveiling of the winning artwork will happen.

The selection committee is comprised of acclaimed regional and international industry experts. The initiative aims to support and raise the profile of emerging Saudi and Saudi-based artists on a regional and international level.

As part of the collaboration, the previous winning work was unveiled at Art Dubai each year, and subsequently joins Ithra’s prestigious permanent collection. The winner also receives a grant of up to $100,000 to produce the proposal.

For more information about the current Open Call, click here.

Ithra Art Prize Winners


Fahad bin Naif, Saudi-based, the winner of the third edition of Ithra Art Prize. His installation — Rakhm which means ‘incubation’ in Arabic — aims to conceptually preserve a nursery as both an urban typology and its ‘incubatees’ as an environmental micro-economy.



Daniah Al Saleh, Saudi-born and London-based, was announced as the winner of the second Ithra Art Prize in 2019. Her large-scale multimedia installation: Sawtam, was unveiled at Art Dubai 2019 and was showcased at the Artificial Intelligence and Intercultural Dialogue Art Exhibition at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.



Ayman Zedani, Saudi-born UAE-based conceptual artist, was the winner of the first Ithra Art Prize in 2018. His art piece, Meem, was exhibited at Art Dubai in 2018.


Ithra Art Prize at Art Dubai 2021

Ithra Art Prize Jury 2020

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