In collaboration with Ad-Diriyah Biennale Foundation

Ithra announces Ithra Art Prize jury members in its 4th edition


  • The seven-member Ithra Art Prize jury includes highly acclaimed local and international experts from the art field.  
  • The 4th edition of the Ithra Art Prize comes in collaboration with Ad-Diriyah Biennale Foundation
  • The winner will receive a grant of up to $100,000





The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) launched the 4th edition of the Ithra Art Prize in collaboration with Ad-Diriyah Biennale Foundation, calling professional artists to register and participate. The Ithra Art Prize aims to develop the art industry within the Kingdom and beyond, as well as support talents in the field of contemporary art, making Ithra a global platform that supports, nurtures and discovers artists from or based in the Arab world.


A jury made up of local and international experts will review and evaluate the works, and announce the winner who will receive a grant of up to $100,000. The artwork will be displayed at Ad-Diriyah Biennale this year, and will later join Ithra’s permanent art collection.


The seven-member Ithra Art Prize jury includes art academics, historians and experts in the field of contemporary art: Abdullah K. AlTurki; board member of the Ad-Diriyah Biennale Foundation; Dr. Ridha Moumni, historian of art and archaeology specializing in antiquity and early and modern art, and an Aga Khan Fellow of Islamic Architecture at Harvard University; Brahim Alaoui, former director of the museum of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. He has been a member of various juries, including the Venice Biennale in 1999; Salwa Mikdadi, director of al Mawrid Arab Center for the Study of Art (NYUAD) and Associate Professor, Practice of Art History at NYU Abu Dhabi (2013); Amal Khalaf, curator, artist and director of Programs at Cubitt and Civic Curator at the Serpentine Galleries in London and founding member of The Art Collective, GCC; Clare Davies, Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Farah Abushullaih; head of Museums and Exhibits at Ithra.


UAE-based Saudi artist Ayman Zedani’s project Meem won the prize in 2018. The second winner in 2019, Dania Al-Saleh’s Sawtam, which breaks down language into phonemes using multimedia visual and auditory displays. Most recently, Fahad Bin Naif won the 2020 prize for his artwork Rakhm which evokes agricultural nurseries in the Kingdom and incubates indigenous vegetation instead of traditional house plants. 


Ithra includes a museum that has five galleries, respectively dedicated to contemporary art, Saudi culture, Islamic Art, natural history of the Arabian Peninsula and the Archives Gallery, which aims to enrich the community through its cultural, artistic and creative programs to enhance awareness, and to build a generation that can lead the future of the Kingdom. The Center is also designed to be a platform for creativity that gathers talents from different ages to learn, experience and share knowledge.  

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