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Ithra and Royal Commission for AlUla Partner for 6th Edition of Ithra Art Prize

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100 Best Arabic Posters. Installation view at the second edition of the AlUla Arts Festival: Living in Colour, AlUla, 2023. Image courtesy of Royal Commission for AlUla

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) and the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) have formed a partnership to develop the 6th edition of the Ithra Art Prize.

This edition will focus on outdoor installation art and sculpture. The winner will receive a grant of $100,000 with production costs up to $400,000 covered by Ithra. Ithra and RCU have issued an open call which closes on 30 September.

Under the partnership, the prize will be adjudicated by a committee of regional and international experts including representatives from Ithra and RCU. The winning piece will be unveiled at the AlUla Arts Festival in February 2024 and added to Ithra’s permanent collection.

The partnership also entails collaboration in the fields of film, training and education, corporate social responsibility, events and exhibitions, and research, including in digital awareness. It also aims to boost artistic talent and create art-led experiences that connect Saudi Arabia’s western and eastern regions.

Ithra and RCU have already activated the partnership with collaboration on the latest edition of the AlUla Design Award, which recognises oustanding design inspired by the heritage, landscapes and artistic legacies of AlUla, with Ithra’s Creative Director Robert Frith serving on the jury panel.