Jameel Prize 3

Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Blog, Galleries and Art Exhibitions | 0 comments

Jameel Prize 3

The last month has flown by – how can it be May already?!

So, what have I been doing?

I went down to London for the Association of Art Historians annual conference, and heard some excellent papers. I’ve got some interesting (and maybe slightly offbeat) ideas for new work.

The beautiful Victoria and Albert Museum was only a hop, skip and a jump away, so I nipped in and saw the Jameel Prize 3 exhibition. The Jameel Prize is an award for a contemporary art and design inspired by the Islamic tradition.

The winner was Dice Kayek, a Turkish fashion label, with these designs evoking the architecture of Istanbul.


Jameel Prize 3 winner


And here are some of the other entries:


Jameel Prize 2

Probably my favourite, this fabulous textile with gold thread by Rahul Jain…


Jameel prize 3

…seen here in more detail.


Jameel prize 3

This made purely of spices, a reflection, according to the V&A’s sign, of the impermanence of our lives.


Jameel prize 3

Carpets designed by Faig Ahmed, based on Azerbaijan’s ancient weaving tradition, but with quirky contemporary additions – see the way the carpet on the left has an area which seems to be sinking?


Jameel Prize 3

I thought this piece by calligrapher Nasser al Salem was really clever – a believer’s prayer written in the ‘script’ of the hospital monitor.


The only thing that could possibly follow was such wonders was a coffee in the V&As café.

Victoria and Albert museum cafe


I have also done a day’s demonstration at the Heritage Skills Centre in the grounds of Lincoln Castle, where I met some lovely people. And I’ve been out to the Clothworkers Centre to see some Renaissance fabrics – I’ll try and get some pictures up over the weekend.

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