Saudi Arabia’s Ithra Opens Registration For Its 2021 Art Prize

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) has announced that the fourth edition of the Ithra Art Prize is now open for submissions.

Participation is open to all Saudi and Saudi Arabia – based contemporary artists, as well as artists from or based in the 22 Arab League countries.

The winning artwork will be unveiled at the inaugural Ad – Diriyah Biennale in Riyadh, the Kingdom’s first biennale, on Dec.7.

The winner will receive up to $100,000 to create a unique world – class of art that will join Ithra’s permanent art collection.

The deadline for submitting proposal to the competition is August 16.

A jury of local and international leaders in the art world will evaluate the proposal and announce the winner on August 30.

The biennale is  a creative platform that allows international audience access to diverse Saudi art and culture. This year’s event will be held between Dec. 7 and March 7, 2022 under the curatorship of writer and critic Philip Tinari.

The Ithra Art Prize aims to develop the art industry in the Kingdom through interaction between different cultures.

The most recent winner of the award, which started in 2018, was Fahd Bin Naif, who won the 2020 prize for his artwork ‘Rakhm’, which evokes agricultural nurseries in the Kingdom and incubates indigenous vegetations instead of traditional house plants.