Art Jameel Collection

The Art Jameel Collection is at the heart of Art Jameel’s programme, documenting and presenting important work by local, regional and international artists.

The Collection is guided by a thematic framework that in turn informs Jameel Arts Centre’s wider exhibition programming; while there is a particular focus on supporting artists from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, the scope is beyond geography, and responds primarily to threads of enquiry and networks of artistic and historical influence.

The Art Jameel Collection is comprised of artworks by over 100 artists and collectives. To date, the collection has been shown in exhibitions at Jameel Arts Centre and on loan to local, regional and international institutions.

Explore the Collection

Art Jameel’s new Online Collection Gallery features a selection of works from the Art Jameel Collection. The online representation of the Collection is continually expanding to include a larger representation of our core works and new acquisitions.

The online gallery includes images, artwork descriptions, artist biographies, and additional stories around the work and artists through videos, interviews and links to exhibition catalogues.

Explore the Art Jameel Collection here.

Collection News

This section allows our audiences to keep up-to-date on new acquisitions and collaborations with local, regional and international galleries and institutions. For more information about loaning works from the collection, please email [email protected].

Current News

Art Jameel is delighted to announce that all 29 works commissioned through the ten years of the Abraaj Group Art Prize have been acquired permanently and will be managed as part of the Art Jameel Collection, in part based at Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai.

Each year, between 2008-2018, the awarding body invited artists from across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia to submit detailed proposals for unrealised projects; a highly respected jury made up of museum directors, curators and critics awarded an artist with a major commission; the final installation was revealed, alongside existing works by shortlisted artists, in an exhibition at Art Dubai put together by an internationally-renowned curator.

The first work to be exhibited within the Art Jameel Collection will be Taysir Batniji’s, To My Brother, comprised of 60 hand-carvings on paper, as part of a series of ‘Artist’s Rooms’ at Jameel Arts Centre, opening in May 2020.

Past winners of the award include Nazgol Ansarinia, Kutlug Ataman, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Hala Elkoussy, Kader Attia, Marwan Sahmarani, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Jananne Al-Ani, Shezad Dawood, Timo Nasseri, Hamra Abbas, Raed Yassin, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Taysir Batniji, Wael Shawky, Risham Syed, Vartan Avakian, Iman Issa, Huma Mulji, Hrair Sarkissian, Rayyane Tabet, Abbas Akhavan, Kamrooz Aram, Bouchra Khalili, Basim Magdy, Anup Mathew Thomas, Yto Barrada, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme and Rana Begum.

Curators of the award Laurie Ann Farrell, Mahita El Bacha Urieta, Myriam Ben Salah, Omar Berrada, Jelle Bouwhuis, Leyla Fakhr, Nav Haq, Omar Kholeif, Nat Muller, Sharmini Pereira, Cristiana Perrella, Nada Raza, Carol Solomon and Murtaza Vali.