Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Victoria & Albert Museum Seeks Arabic Speaking Curator to Administer Jameel Prize

Afruz Amighi, winner of the Jameel Prize 2009.
Courtesy of Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, photo V&A images

The Victoria & Albert museum (London, UK) has an outstanding collection of Islamic art from the Middle East, and the main display for these holdings is the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, which opened in July 2006. The new gallery was named in honour of Abdul Latif Jameel and his wife Nafisa, and our link with the Jameel family and the philanthropic organisations they support has continued. Our joint aim is to give new prominence to the Middle Eastern collection and to emphasise its value for the contemporary world.

As a result, the Asian Department at the V&A is now responsible for the Jameel Prize, an award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition, which was first presented in July 2009. The accompanying exhibition, which showed work by the nine finalists, was displayed at the Museum between July and September 2009 and is now on tour in the Middle East, sponsored by Abdul Latif Jameel Community Services Programs. In the meantime, the nomination process for the second Prize is beginning. The exhibition of work by the short-listed artists will open at the V&A in July 2011, and the Prize will be presented in the Autumn.

The Jameel Prize, an exhibition of contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of craft and design will now tour to five venues in the Middle East, including the National Museum, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (23 - 31 January 2010) and the Beit ed-Dine Palace, Lebanon (Summer 2010), plus venues in Damascus, Casablanca and Istanbul. It will be the first ever exhibition the V&A has sent on tour to Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Morocco. The Jameel Prize is sponsored by Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, who conceived the idea after providing the financial support for the renovation of the V&A’s Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, which opened in July 2006. The tour will be supported by Abdul Latif Jameel Community Service Programmes (ALJCSP) throughout. We now wish to appoint an Arabic-speaking curator with an interest in contemporary art and design. The post-holder’s primary tasks will be to act as administrator for the Jameel Prize, to project-manage the associated exhibition, and to take responsibility for the production of materials in English and Arabic on the Prize and on other aspects of the Museum’s work, for our website and for publication.

Contact: To apply online, please go to our website. If you have any queries regarding the recruitment process, you can email us at or telephone us on (+44) 020 7942 2937


Primary Category: Art and Art History

Secondary Categories: Asian History / Studies

Posting Date: 09/06/2010

Closing Date: 09/26/2010

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