A page of competitions, residencies and other opportunities open to the Gulf’s creative community. If you know of anything we should include, please let us know.

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31 Oct 2019

Sikka Art Fair

Organiser: Dubai Culture
Location: Dubai
Info: website

Medium:
Visual arts, performance, film, music

Key elements:

  • Apply to participate in Sikka Art Fair (Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, 19-20 March 2020) 
  • Proposals for …
    • Film, inc video art
    • Music, all musical genres and forms
    • Performing arts, inc theatre, opera, puppetry, stand-up comedy, spoken word
    • Visual Arts, inc drawing, sculpture, installations, performance art
  • Proposals must be for a new project in the preparation phase (so not an existing project)
  • Projects can be aimed at indoor or outdoor locations within Al Fahidi 
  • No fee
  • No gallery applicants
  • Apply with …
    • 500-word proposal/description
    • budget
    • supporting images, documents, PPTs etc. No MP4s or AVIs, but zips are possible …
  • All applicants notified by 8 Dec, with a public announcement of selected artists on 20 Dec
  • Selected artists must participate as required in promotions, public events, receptions, etc
  • Apply separately if you want to run a workshop

Qualification:

  • “Emerging artists and artist collectives” based in the UAE or residing in the GCC countries

Outcomes:

  • Successful applicants are assigned a slot or a space (as appropriate) at the Fair
  • Budget support:
    • Film up to AED 10,000
    • Visual artists up to AED 8,000
    • Musicians and performers up to AED 7,000
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27 Nov 2019

Montegrappa Writing Prize

Organiser: Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 
Location: Dubai
Info: website

Medium:
Fiction writing

Key elements:

  • Annual prize for first-time writers of fiction
  • Submit 400-word synopsis and the first 2,000 words of your manuscript (longer submissions will be disqualified)
  • Use MS Word in 12pt Arial, Courier or Times New Roman, double-spaced, pages numbered consecutively
  • Submissions will be read and judged by UK literary agent Luigi Bonomi
  • Entry fee AED 200
  • Winners will be announced at a ceremony held during the Festival of Literasture. All participants are “requested” to attend the event (this is mandatory for the prizewinner, so presumably disqualification awaits a winner who can’t make it)

Qualification:

  • Authors over 21
  • Any nationality
  • Living in GCC … but excluding Qatar: so UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait
  • Author (and therefore manuscript) must be unpublished
  • Author must not be currently represented by or working with a literary agent (so Bonomi gets the opportunity to pitch, though it seems that it is not mandatory to sign up with him)
  • Must be able to travel to Dubai in March 2020 for the prize-giving
  • Fiction only, but can be any genre 
  • Must be in English
  • Must be available for completion before March 2020

Outcomes:

  • Winner receives:
    • Montegrappa Limited Edition pen
    • Lunch with Bonomi in Dubai to discuss next steps on the manuscript (but no guarantee of representation)
    • Two nights B&B at a Dubai hotel
    • A copy of the current Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook
  • Four runners-up receive:
    • A Montegrappa pen
    • a copy of the current Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook
    • Feedback session with Bonomi at the Festival of Literature
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30 Nov 2019

Residency Programme for Music, Sound and Performance

Organiser: Sharjah Art Foundation
Location: Sharjah
Info: website

Medium:
Music 

Key elements:

  • Open call for practitioners/artists working in music, sound and performance
  • Open to
    • musicians or composers working with electronic, experimental or improvised musical forms
    • artists working in sound and/or performance
  • Participants will be invited to experiment and interact with different audiences, spaces, listening situations and instruments in order to develop or produce new work
  • Unspecified number of residencies available during the exhibition period
  • Each residency lasts one to two weeks
  • Residency programme will be an integral part of an upcoming exhibition by Tarek Atoui
  • No application fee

Qualification:

  • Knowledge of / experience with sound is mandatory

Outcomes:

  • Successful applicants get finance for travel, accommodation and production 
  • Participation in exhibition
  • May be opportunities to actually perform, but not guaranteed
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15 Dec 2019

Air Arabia Curator in Residence

Organiser: Sharjah Art Foundation
Location: Sharjah
Info: website

Medium:
Curatorial 

Key elements:

  • Annual open call: undertake a research residency in Sharjah, organise an exhibition at Sharjah Art Foundation
  • Proposal should demonstrate “a genuine interest in engaging with the regional context and highlighting connections between Sharjah and the greater region Air Arabia serves”
  • Seems there could be more than one successful applicant
  • Selected curators receive
    • institutional support and technical expertise by SAF
    • support for research travel to Air Arabia destinations (70 in Europe, Africa, Asia) 
  • No obvious restriction on specific aims of the curatorial residency 
  • No application fee

Qualification:

  • None specified, but some experience of research and/or curating would seem to be mandatory

Outcomes:

  • Successful applicants get support for research plus travel to Air Arabia destinations, accommodation and production 
  • Curate an exhibition (date unspecified)
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10 Jan 2020

Sharjah Art Foundation Production Programme

Organiser: Sharjah Art Foundation
Location: Sharjah
Info: website

Medium:
Artwork 

Key elements:

  • Awarded for an artwork “that, in the spirit of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work, can be publicly exhibited and enjoyed”
  • Entrants are encouraged to think creatively about how to exhibit the work
  • Any medium (including, but not limited to, photography, sculpture, installation, land art, video)
  • Current or recent students only, must be nominated by a named mentor
  • Apply as an individual or a team (max three people)
  • Work should be durable: it will be exhibited outside on the NYUAD Campus
  • Work should be produced with a maximum budget of $10,000 (AED 36,730)
  • Apply with outline schedule and proposed budget as well as statements from mentor and entrant
  • Shortlisted entrants (and mentors) will present to the jury. Winner will be announced quickly (by end February 2020, just over four weeks after applications close) 
  • No application fee

Qualification:

  • Full time degree student enrolled at a university or college in the UAE; or UAE resident who has graduated within the last five years (from any university or college, we think)
  • Applicants must be nominated by a mentor who commits to mentoring/supporting them through the whole process. Mentor can be a practising artist, a current or past tutor, a gallerist, even a client

Outcomes:

  • Winner receives:
    • $10,000 to produce the work
    • a further $5,000 from Christo himself to fund future projects, study and/ or work experience
    • exhibition of completed work at NYUAD campus in November 2020, probably followed by exhibit at Abu Dhabi Art
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23 Jan 2020

The Christo and Jeanne Claude Award 2020

Organiser: NYU Abu Dhabi / ADMAF 
Location: Abu Dhabi
Info: website

Medium:
Artwork 

Key elements:

  • Awarded for an artwork “that, in the spirit of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work, can be publicly exhibited and enjoyed”
  • Entrants are encouraged to think creatively about how to exhibit the work
  • Any medium (including, but not limited to, photography, sculpture, installation, land art, video)
  • Current or recent students only, must be nominated by a named mentor
  • Apply as an individual or a team (max three people)
  • Work should be durable: it will be exhibited outside on the NYUAD Campus
  • Work should be produced with a maximum budget of $10,000 (AED 36,730)
  • Apply with outline schedule and proposed budget as well as statements from mentor and entrant
  • Shortlisted entrants (and mentors) will present to the jury. Winner will be announced quickly (by end February 2020, just over four weeks after applications close) 
  • No application fee

Qualification:

  • Full time degree student enrolled at a university or college in the UAE; or UAE resident who has graduated within the last five years (from any university or college, we think)
  • Applicants must be nominated by a mentor who commits to mentoring/supporting them through the whole process. Mentor can be a practising artist, a current or past tutor, a gallerist, even a client

Outcomes:

  • Winner receives:
    • $10,000 to produce the work
    • a further $5,000 from Christo himself to fund future projects, study and/ or work experience
    • exhibition of completed work at NYUAD campus in November 2020, probably followed by exhibit at Abu Dhabi Art
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31 Jan 2020

Alserkal Arts Foundation Research Grants

Organiser: Alserkal Arts Foundation 
Location: Dubai
Info: website

Medium:
Research 

Key elements:

  • “Designed to support radical, innovative, and contemporary research that challenges traditional modes of practice”
  • Preference for
    • “interdisciplinary proposals, comparative studies, and societal discourses that link the arts, humanities and social sciences in the context of the MEASA”
    • proposals that “dynamically aim to disrupt conservative boundaries between conventional disciplines”
    • “broad, intersectional and experimental approaches to research”
    • applicants who can demonstrate “an imaginative and evolving practice which creates space for accessible discourse and pedagogy”
  • Examples of possible applicants: visual and sonic artists, architects, writers of fiction and non-fiction, independent publishers, documentary filmmakers and educators, geographers, historians, economists, social scientists
  • Disqualified:
    • Projects with a commercial interest or outcome
    • Projects for a political or religious entity or group
    • Projects for a registered charity, healthcare, or educational organisation
    • Projects that cannot be realised within 24 months
  • No geographical or residency restrictions
  • Individuals or groups can apply
  • Apply online with CV, portfolio, research proposal plus abstract, two letters of recommendation 
  • No application fee
  • Acceptable budget items include …
    • Equipment rental for field work
    • Rental of space/facilities for AV 
    • Services – transcription, translation, AV editing, website, etc
    • Fees – assistants, contributors, copy editors, etc
    • Printing 
    • Library and digital learning rresources 
    • Acquisition of primary archival resources
  • Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed. Notification: May-June 2020

Qualification:

  • Over 21 years
  • At least five years’ relevant experience

Outcomes:

  • Grants for individuals: up to $5,000
  • Grants for duos / collectives: up to $10,000
  • Grants for independent publishers: up to $10,000
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