At this year's Art Dubai, the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) announced the shortlist for the Jameel Prize 2011. Ten artists and designers have been shortlisted for this year\u2019s prize, which is awarded every two\u00a0years. Amongst them are five Iranian artists:\u00a0Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian,\u00a0Bita Ghezelayagh,\u00a0Babak Golkar,\u00a0Hadieh Shafie, and Soody Sharifi. Almost 200 nominations for the Jameel Prize 2011 were received, from countries as diverse as the\u00a0United States, Spain, Nigeria, Egypt and Pakistan. A panel of judges, chaired by V&A Director, Sir\u00a0Mark Jones, selected the shortlist of ten artists and designers. Mark Jones said: \u201c\u00a0The quality of the\u00a0work shortlisted for this year\u2019s Jameel Prize is outstanding. The output of the finalists is very varied,\u00a0reflecting the richness and diversity of the Islamic traditions that inspired them. The work shows how\u00a0complex and eloquent the art and design inspired by this tradition has become.\u201d The work of the shortlisted artists and designers will be shown at the V&A from July 21st through September 25th, 2011 and draws strongly on the artists\u2019 and designers\u2019 own local and regional traditions,\u00a0celebrating particular materials and iconography with strong references to traditional Islamic art. The works on show will range from felt costumes to sculpture made from hand-made terracotta\u00a0bricks and from mirror mosaic to digital collages inspired by traditional Persian miniature paintings. In much of the work there is an underlying reference to the artists\u2019 own \u2018hybrid\u2019 cultural identity;\u00a0the mix of old and new, minimalism versus ornament, tradition and modernity, and home versus\u00a0exile. The winner of The Jameel Prize 2011 will be announced at the V&A on 12 September 2011. The Jameel Prize is a \u00a325,000 (~ $40K, USD)\u00a0international art prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired\u00a0by Islamic traditions of craft and design. Launched in 2009, the winner of the first Jameel Prize was Iranian artist,\u00a0Afruz Amighi for her work 1001 Pages (2008), an intricate hand-cut screen made from the woven\u00a0plastic used to construct refugee tents. Award-winning architect Zaha Hadid is Patron of the Jameel Prize. She says: "It is a very exciting time\u00a0for artists working in Islamic art tradition, there is a real spirit of innovation and creativity in the air.\u00a0Their work now goes beyond established painting, sculpture and calligraphy to explore new media and\u00a0reflect the diverse cultures and histories of the region. This work has evolved with its own characteristic\u00a0voice, exploring future possibilities, yet is derived from rich cultural traditions and a timeless history. "For millennia, the Islamic arts and sciences have bridged the cultural divide between East and West,\u00a0teaching us that these worlds are not mutually exclusive, but rather layered upon each other and\u00a0profoundly interlinked. The Jameel Prize gives us a very promising outlook to the future and I am\u00a0pleased to see the region's artists pushing new boundaries." For more info, please visit:\u00a0vam.ac.uk.