First Pakistani to Win Jameel Art Prize News Story

Zaeem Yaqoob Khan | Director, Student Affairs and External Relations | BNU

Lahore: Ghulam Muhammad, a graduate of Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design, Beaconhouse National University (BNU), has won the Jameel Art Prize 4, the biennial award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. Ghulam Muhammad (aka GM), now a faculty member at BNU, is the youngest artist thus far and the first Pakistani to have received this accolade for his five works of paper collage (four Untitled and one titled Gunjaan).

The ceremony was held at the Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, where his award winning work will be on display until August 14, 2016 before being sent for an international tour.

This year, over 280 nominations were received from various countries for the 4th edition of Jameel Art Prize. As many as 11 artists were shortlisted including GM and a former faculty member of BNU, David Chalmers Alesworth. The winner was announced on June 7, 2016. Ayşe and Ece Ege, founders of Turkish fashion label Dice Kayek and winners of Jameel Prize 3, presented GM the prize, worth £25,000, at the ceremony.

Organised by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), in partnership with Art Jameel, the Jameel Prize aims to develop cultural links around the world and promote cultural understanding. It tends to explore the relationship between Islamic traditions of art, craft and design and contemporary work as part of a wider debate about Islamic culture and its role today.

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