Art Jameel – the new name for ALJCI’s arts and culture initiative – was created to form partnerships with art organizations worldwide to foster and promote a thriving arts scene inside the MENAT region, support the development of creative enterprises, and develop cultural exchange programs to encourage networking and knowledge sharing.
Art Jameel has a longstanding partnership with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London providing the Jameel Prize for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. The Prize was conceived after the redesign and redisplay of the V&A’s Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, which opened in July 2006. Art Jameel is also the founding partner of Edge of Arabia, The Crossway Foundation, Jeddah Art Week, 1001 Inventions and The Archive. Additional projects include Jeddah’s Open Air Museum, a public sculpture park of international artists established in collaboration with Jeddah Municipality, an art center in Dubai, and the development of art courses in Saudi schools, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia.