Art Jameel Collection

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

The Collection is a site of research, exploring the nature and responsibility of museum collections; together with the artists in our collection, we aim to question the very act and purpose of collecting. Guided by radical thematic frameworks, the Art Jameel Collection informs Art Jameel’s wider exhibition programming across its two sites – Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai and Hayy Jameel, Jeddah.

The Art Jameel Collection is comprised of artworks by more than 170 artists and collectives. While there is a particular focus on supporting artists from West and South Asia and Africa, the scope is beyond geography, and is framed primarily by threads of enquiry and networks of artistic and historical movement. Around half the artists included in the collection are women.

To date, works from the collection have shown in exhibitions at Jameel Arts Centre through Artist’s Rooms, a series of capsule shows created collaboratively in dialogue with Art Jameel Collection artists, and through major thematic group exhibitions that draw on and inform the Collection. Art Jameel also actively loans works to local, regional and international institutional partners, including, to date, Venice Biennial, Dhaka Art Summit, Para Site, Gwangju Biennale, MoMA PS1 and Louisiana Art Museum.

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 Collection has an exciting new opportunity for researchers and professionals working in areas related to collection care and management. The Collection Care Fellowship offers a unique chance to delve into the intricacies of art conservation and collection management practices in the region. For more information, please click here. Deadline for applications is November 10, 2023.