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Jameel Prize Exhibition to Open at National Museum, Damascus

DAMASCUS.- The Jameel Prize 2009 – an exhibition of contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition – will open at the National Museum in Damascus, Syria, on 13 April 2010. The exhibition will feature work by the artists and designers short-listed for the Jameel Prize 2009. This new £25,000 international art prize was launched by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London in July 2009 and supported by the Jameel Foundation, the International entity of Abdulatif Jameel Community Service Programmes, and is the first award of its kind. The inaugural prize was won by New York-based Iranian-born artist Afruz Amighi for her submission, 1001 Pages (2008), which will be shown alongside works by the eight other finalists. The exhibition was seen at the V&A in London in July–September 2009 and at the National Museum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in January 2010 under the patronage of the Saudi Cultural and Information Ministry. After Damascus, the exhibition will g