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V&A Announces First Winner of Islamic Art Prize

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12th Jul 2009

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Afruz Amighi, "1001 Pages" (2008)
LONDON 7 July 2009: Iranian-born Afruz Amighi has become the first artist to be awarded the Jameel Prize, a new honor to be bestowed biannually to a contemporary artist skilled in traditional Islamic craft and technique.

The Jameel Prize, of which architect Zaha Hadid is patron, was created to highlight the marriage of traditional Islamic design and contemporary art.

Nine artists were shortlisted for the award, worth 25,000, whose work the panel judges to 'contribute to a broader debate about Islamic culture'. Shortlisted works can be seen in a temporary display gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum until 12 September 2009

As part of the international prize, launched by the Victoria & Albert Museum and funded by Saudi businessman and philanthropist Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, Amighi will receive 25,000 ($40,000) and have her winning work, a shadow piece entitled 1001 Pages, displayed with works from eight artists shortlisted for the prize in the new Studio Gallery in Laguna Beach, California through September 13, 2009.