2 May 2018
The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) announced Sharjah-based, Saudi Arabian artist Ayman Zedani as the winner of the first edition of the Ithra Art Prize.
Launched in 2017, the Prize is awarded to emerging Saudi talent in contemporary art and was introduced by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture as a means to fund, promote and offer Saudi artists a global platform.
Ali Al-Mutairi, Director of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) commented: “The Center is a place where ideas and dreams take shape and we are excited about the prospect of highlighting Saudi talent such as Ayman. His proposal for the Ithra Art Prize is a great example of the potential we have in the region”.
Ayman Zedani said: “I am honoured to have been selected as the winner of the first edition of the Ithra Art Prize. This is a unique opportunity to present my work on a global scale and collaborate with an institution, whose contributions to the cultural development in Saudi Arabia I greatly admire”.
The first edition of the competition received over 80 proposals and the winner was chosen by a selection committee 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, Zedani’s work will be unveiled at Art Dubai 2018 in March, and subsequently join Ithra’s prestigious permanent collection.