Jameel Prize 2009 exhibition tour

The Jameel Prize and the associated tour are initatives of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and the Coexist Foundation and are generously supported by Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel.

The Jameel Prize explores the dialogue between Islamic artistic tradition and contemporary practice and contributes to a broader debate about Islamic culture. 


  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • National Museum, Riyadh
  • National Museum, Damascus
  • Beit-ed-dine Palace, Lebanon
  • Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah 
  • Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul
  • La Villa des Arts, Casablanca 


To develop relationships with cultural organisations and audiences in the Middle East through touring the Jameel Prize 2009 exhibition.

Project details

The Jameel Prize 2009 exhibition features works by nine artists including Afruz Amighi , Khosrow Hassanzadeh and Susan Hefuna. The tour has offered an opportunity for the V&A to work closely with venues to ensure appropriate conditions for the objects; the skills sharing and capacity building involved will leave the venues in a good position to host future touring exhibitions. Relationships developed during the earlier World Ceramics project have been constructive.

The V&A has collaborated with the British Council to deliver an associated public programme, Arabic language information for visitors and an evaluation. The V&A has also worked with the British Museum, which will provide technical support for the delivery of the exhibition in Casablanca.

The V&A has never previously sent an exhibition to Saudi Arabia, Lebanon or Morocco, so this project has been groundbreaking in many ways.

Images: the exhibition opening


 Jameel prize 2009


Jameel prize 2009 opening