Tamayouz Excellence Award Dia al-Azzawi Prize for Public Art

Tamayouz Excellence Award Dia al-Azzawi Prize for Public Art

About the Prize

In 2021 Tamayouz Excellence Award launched its newest award, the biennial Dia al-Azzawi Prize for Public Art, which is part of Tamayouz Excellence Award’s programme of championing and celebrating the built and urban environment worldwide. The new award is named after the internationally celebrated Iraqi artist Dia al-Azzawi, one of the pioneers of modern Arab art, and will run biennially.


  • Recognise artworks within the urban context that have had a transformative impact on their community.

  • Empower and support young and emerging artists, architects, designers and studios.

  • Respond to a challenging phase for public art in the Near East and North Africa — where there is a crucial need for a more accomplished and exemplary contemporary evaluation and assessment of work.

  • Create educational material in both Arabic and English based on the academic review, analysis and research undertaken on the submitted entries.

  • Introduce emerging and established regional artists to a wider community, nurturing a long-lasting network and community of like-minded individuals interested in the betterment of regional urban environments.

  • Establish dialogue with local authorities responsible for public art with the mission of enhancing public art in the Middle East and North Africa to that of an international level of excellence.

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  • The Dia al-Azzawi Prize for Public Art seeks transformative permanent and temporary projects of all types ranging from murals, sculptures, monuments, urban performances, installations, public spaces, graffiti, architecture and planning. These artworks should not be exhibited in private spaces or as part of private collections, but rather in public spaces ensuring their accessibility to wider communities.

  • To be eligible for consideration, projects must be completed between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2022 and should have been exhibited have been exhibited long enough to allow for their impact on the surrounding environment to be verified.

  • There are no fixed criteria for the type, nature, or cost of public art projects, but eligible projects must be based in any of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

  • Public Artworks submitted to previous cycles of the Dia al-Azzawi prize are not eligible.

    Award Cycle

    Each Cycle Comprises of 5 Stages

  • Longlisting: Nominated works will go through originality, appropriateness and eligibility screening conducted by a Tamayouz longlisting jury panel.

  • Shortlisting: Longlisted artworks will go through a rigorous process that holistically and critically reviews the artwork and its impact;
    a shortlist of up to 20 public artworks will be selected.

  • Research: Based on the longlisting and shortlisting reviews, data gathering and independent research, a body of research will be created around the shortlisted works to be used as case studies and published in the award’s annual review/journal.

  • Winner selection: The final Tamayouz judging panel is comprised of established artists, architects, urbanists, designers and academics who will review the shortlist and select one winner and up to seven highly commended works.

    The organising committee may contact the artists, architects or designers responsible for the artwork for further information or clarification.

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    The Prize

    The winner of the Dia al-Azzawi Prize for Public Art will receive a statue and medal designed by Dia al-Azzawi. If the winner is a team, each member will receive a medal, while the whole team will receive one statue. Travel and flight expenses to attend the annual ceremony will be covered for the winner only (if the winner is a team, then they must select a representative to have their travel costs covered).

    Submission and Criteria​

  • The Dia al-Azzawi Prize for Public Art is given every two years.

  • Submission Period: 1 March 2023 – 1 November 2023

  • Criteria: Excellence is the fundamental criteria of the Dia al-Azzawi for Public Art: Excellence that is achieved through transformative impact on the project’s environment, excellence through design, narrative, engagement, materials and technique. Particular attention is given to public art projects representing the spirit or the collective feeling of modern times. Public art that reflects collaboration is encouraged.

  • Shortlist: The shortlist will be announced Spring 2024*

  • The Jury: Nominated projects will be reviewed by a shortlisting panel. The selection of the recipient of the award will be made by the Jury after reviewing the submission materials and the reports of the shortlisting panel.

  • Ceremony: The award’s prize will be given during the Tamayouz Excellence Award ceremony, which will be announced later during the year.

  • * As the award organiser, Tamayouz Excellence Award reserves the right to modify the award schedule if deemed necessary.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Tamayouz Excellence Award Dia al-Azzawi Prize for Public Art

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