Ithra Art Prize 2020

Applications for the third edition of the Ithra Art Prize are open. 


Saudi and Saudi-based contemporary artists and collectives are invited to submit artwork proposals. The winning artist will receive up to $100,000 to create a major new commission, which will be first shown at Art Dubai 2020 before going on to become a part of Ithra’s growing permanent art collection in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The deadline for applications is October 3rd.


Ithra Art Prize Guidelines (Arabic) : Download Here

Ithra Art Prize Guildenes (English): Download Here




Ithra Art Prize 2019 winner Daniah Alsaleh and commissioned artwork, Sawtam



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. The selection committee is made up of highly-acclaimed art critics and both regional and international institutional figures. 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. Previous Ithra Art Prize winners are Sharjah-based conceptual artist Ayman Zedani whose commission, Meem, was exhibited at Art Dubai in 2018 and, London-based Saudi Arabian artist, Daniah Alsaleh, whose large-scale multimedia installation, Sawtam, was unveiled at Art Dubai 2019 and is currently part of ‘Artificial Intelligence and Intercultural Dialogue Art Exhibition’ at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.