The Winning Artists And Curator For The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017 Are Unveiled

BY Nada Bokhowa / Oct 6 2016 / 21:56 PM

The ninth edition of the most prestigious art prize in the MENASA region has been announced

The Winning Artists And Curator For The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017 Are Unveiled
Winner of the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017, Rana Begum
The Winning Artists And Curator For The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017 Are Unveiled
Shortlisted artist Sarah Abu Abdallah
The Winning Artists And Curator For The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017 Are Unveiled
Shortlisted artist Raha Raissnia
The Winning Artists And Curator For The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017 Are Unveiled
Shortlisted artist Doa Aly
The Winning Artists And Curator For The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017 Are Unveiled
Curator of the Abraaj Group Art Prize Omar Berrada

Renowned for its support and development of artists, the Abraaj Group Art Prize provides the $100,000 award every year to the selected winning artist to develop a commissioned project, while the shortlisted artists are awarded with $10,000, used to support the development of their artistic practice. The commissions are unveiled at Art Dubai in March every year.

The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017 has selected Rana Begum from Bangladesh as the winner; the selected three shortlisted artists are Doa Aly from Egypt; Sarah Abu Abdallah from Saudi Arabia and Raha Raissnia from Iran. The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017 Guest Curator is Omar Berrada, Director of Dar al-Ma’mûn, a library and artists residency in Marrakech, Morocco.  

On winning the acclaimed award, Rana Begum stated,

"It is such an honour to win the Abraaj Group Art Prize. I have greatly admired the winning artists and works of previous years and consider it a privilege to follow in their footsteps"

The prize is a pivotal platform for artists to develop their practice and is a key component of Art Dubai’s extensive not-for-profit programmes which will be revealed at the eleventh edition of Art Dubai in March, 2017.

For further information on The Abraaj Group Art Prize click here