Ithra Announces Winner of First Edition of Ithra Art Prize

22 Mar 2018

Ayman Zedani Self-portrait

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) announced Sharjah-based, Saudi Arabian artist Ayman Zedani as the winner of the first edition of the Ithra Art Prize.

Launched in 2017, the prize is awarded to emerging Saudi talent in contemporary art and was introduced by the Center as a means to fund, promote and offer Saudi artists a global platform.

“The Center is a place where ideas and dreams take shape and we are excited about the prospect of highlighting Saudi talent such as Ayman,” said Ali Al-Mutairi, Ithra director. “His proposal for the Ithra Art Prize is a great example of the potential we have in the region.”

“I am honored to have been selected as the winner of the first edition of the Ithra Art Prize,” said Ayman Zedani. “This is a unique opportunity to present my work on a global scale and collaborate with an institution whose contributions to the cultural development in Saudi Arabia I greatly admire.”

The first edition of the competition received over 80 proposals and the winner was chosen by a selection committee made up of Saudi, as well as international experts, including members of the Center and Art Dubai.

As part of a collaboration between Ithra and Art Dubai, Zedani’s work was unveiled at Art Dubai 2018 in March, and joined Ithra’s prestigious permanent collection.