Launched in 2017 by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in collaboration with Art Dubai, the Prize is awarded to emerging Saudi and Saudi-based talent in contemporary art as a means to fund, promote and offer Saudi artists a global platform. Sharjah-based, Saudi Arabian artist Ayman Zedani was the winner of the first edition of the Prize. The selection committee is made up of Saudi as well as international experts, including members of the Center and Art Dubai. As part of a collaboration between Ithra and Art Dubai, the winning work is unveiled at Art Dubai each year, and subsequently joins Ithra’s prestigious permanent collection.
Saudi-born London-based Daniah Al Saleh is announced as the winner of the second edition of the Ithra Art Prize 2019.
Al Saleh’s practice is based around logic-based patterns and computational art, although she is also an accomplished painter. Her winning project for Ithra is Sawtam – a digital, audio-visual presentation based on the phonemes of the Arabic language, the effect of which is rather like a digital wind chime.