Victoria & Albert Museum Announces Jameel Prize Exhibition to Tour the Middle East

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LONDON.- The V&A announces that 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 a £25,000 international art prize launched by the V&A in 2009 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), and will be shown alongside works by the eight shortlisted artists and designers. The Jameel Prize is awarded every two years. Entry is by nomination, and the Prize is open to artists and designers of any nationality and cr