By Roisin Breen

Continuing its commitment to resetting the boundaries of contemporary creativity, Richard Mille (in collaboration with Louvre Abu Dhabi), presents the highly anticipated second season of The Richard Mille Art Prize. Art Here 2022 builds upon the momentum set forth by the 1st edition of the esteemed annual art event. This year, extending its reach and impact to champion contemporary artistic potential throughout the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).

An unprecedented exploration of the region’s thriving art scene, Art Here 2022 shines a focused spotlight on the visionary perspectives of ten diverse GCC-based artists; juried by a distinguished five-member panel of renowned art collectors, curators, and critics. One finalist will be selected to become the recipient of the 2022 Richard Mille Art Prize.

The inaugural edition of The Richard Mille Art Prize in 2021 was dedicated to showcasing the talents of UAE-based contemporary artists. The winner, Bahraini-American artist Nasser Alzayani, was awarded a cash prize of $50,000 at a high-profile ceremony attended by Pharrell Williams along with the region’s leading patrons, art collectors and connoisseurs at Louvre Abu Dhabi. Expanding across the GCC, the art prize is further elevated this season, with a $60,000 cash prize reinforcing the winner’s artistic achievement.   

Taking place from 18th November 2022 until 19th February 2023, the works of the ten finalists are showcased within the Forum space of Louvre Abu Dhabi. Exploring the timeless themes of “icon” and “iconic” through the lens of contemporary art, Art Here 2022 unearths the practices and perspectives that are revolutionising the realm of art.

Discover the artists below:

VIKRAM DIVECHA @vikramdivecha

SIMRIN MEHRA-AGARWAL @simrin_mehra_agarwal

SHAIKHA AL MAZROU @shaikha.almazrou

RAND ABDUL JABBAR @randabduljabbar

MANAL AL DOWAYAN @manalaldowayan

ELIZABETH DORAZIO @elizabethdorazio_

DANA AWARTANI @danaawartanistudio


AFRA AL DHAHERI @aldra_aldhaheri