Calligraphy

Calligraphy

Calligraphy is one of the most versatile, disciplined and rich practices of Islamic art, and has rooted itself as a highly respected tradition in Islamic culture. Islamic calligraphy has paid tribute to the Arabic language, the revered language of the holy Quran; thus it is not only a form of writing but also a form of spiritual expression. Al Burda Award has long recognized masterful work of both classical and modern Islamic calligraphy, embracing both the traditional and the contemporary.

Classical calligraphy

One artwork containing the following texts:

  • وَإِنَّكَ لَعَـلَىٰ خُلُقٍ عَـظِيمٍ [Surah Al-Qalam 68:4] in Thuluth Jali script.
  • Hilya Sharif in Thuluth script.

Criteria

  • Paper size: 80H x 60W cm.
  • Paper type: Ahar paper
  • Pen tip: The applicant is free to choose the most suitable pen tip.
  • The artwork must adhere to linguistic and grammatical accuracy in its interpretation to avoid elimination.
  • The artwork must not contain illumination and must be rolled and well-packed for shipping.

Prize Money

1 st place
AED 70,000
2 nd place
AED 50,000
3 rd place
AED 40,000
4 th place
AED 30,000
5 th place
AED 20,000
Total
AED 210,000

Modern calligraphy

Selected script and text

  • All modern calligraphy styles are accepted.
  • The text is from Ahmed Shawqi’s “Wuleda Al Huda”:

Criteria

  • Paper size: 150W x 150H cm.
  • Script: The applicant may use traditional scripts within the form of original, innovative interpretations.
  • Material: Canvas fabric.
  • Dyes, materials, and design: The applicant is free to choose.
  • The artwork must not contain illumination and must be rolled and well-packed for shipping.

Prize Money

1 st place
AED 70,000
2 nd place
AED 50,000
3 rd place
AED 40,000
4 th place
AED 20,000
Total
AED 180,000

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Registration is open from May 17,  2021 – 17 June, 2021