DUBAI: The AlUla Design Award — which recognizes design inspired by the heritage, landscapes and artistic legacies of AlUla — is returning for a second edition this year and on Wednesday extended its deadline for submissions until April 12.
The award invites established and emerging designers to conceptualize and propose design items in the categories of jewelry, footwear, clothing, home accessories, leather goods and more.
The second iteration of the award was announced in January by executive director of Arts AlUla at the Royal Commission for AlUla Nora AlDabal.
“Being so steep in history and culture, and with the mesmerizing natural wonders it holds, AlUla is the perfect muse for any creative wishing to push their boundaries,” AlDabal said, according to a released statement. “AlUla Design Award is the intersection between heritage and contemporary creative culture, providing local and international talents with the opportunity to interact with AlUla and translate it to their designs.”
Submissions will be evaluated by a jury from the design world, and the shortlisted design concepts will progress to a prototyping round. The winning proposals will be commissioned, supported in their production and promoted within AlUla.
In partnership with Paris Design Week (PDW), the shortlisted designers will have the opportunity to showcase their prototypes in an exhibition in September 2023 where the winners will be announced.
The first edition of the AlUla Design Award welcomed more than 700 applicants, with 262 shortlisted, 18 finalists and six winners. The six winners of the first edition were Reem Bashawri, Nour Shourbagy, Tarek El-Kassouf, Mohamad Baalbaki with AlJoharah AlRasheed, Rukun with Harry Dobbs and Niko Kapa.