Comma Press shortlisted candidate for The Arab British Centre Award for Culture 2017

Yesterday The Arab British Centre announced their shortlisted candidates for the The Arab British Centre Award for Culture 2017, which will be presented in collaboration with the British Council. Comma Press are one of five shortlisted organisations, alongside Arts Canteen, Marsm, The Mosaic Rooms and Qisetna: Talking Syria. 

The Arab British Centre Award for Culture celebrates individuals and organisations whose contribution to the dissemination of Arab arts and culture has advanced dialogue and understanding of the Arab world in the United Kingdom. Nominations for the award were open from 25 May until 25 June 2017.

The Arab British Centre award series was established in 2008 to raise awareness of contemporary Arab culture in the UK and to give financial support to individuals and organisations in the early/mid-stages of their career. The winners of the Award will be presented with a cash prize of £2,500 each and a British Council travel grant that will provide the unique opportunity international networking opportunities in one of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates, Tunisia or Qatar.

A distinguished panel of judges will select the winners of the 2017 prize. The panel will include Sir Derek Plumbly KCMG, Chairman of The Arab British Centre, Venetia Porter, British Museum Curator of Islamic and Contemporary Art, Salma Tuqan, V&A Curator Contemporary Arab Art and Design, Carolyn Perry, Director MBI AL Jaber Foundation, British Council Director Arts for the Middle East and North Africa, David Elliott, and previous award winner and playwright Hassan Abdulrazzaq (Iraq + 100).

The winner will receive a £2,500 cash prize and a £1,000 British Council Travel Grant and facilitated professional introductions in one of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates, Tunisia or Qatar. The winners of The Arab British Centre Award for Culture will be announced on 13 July at The Arab British Centre’s fortieth anniversary celebration.

Wish us luck!