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

 

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27 Sep 2018

 

Participation in Sikka Art Fair 2019

Organiser: Dubai Culture
Location: Dubai
Info: website

Medium:

  1. Visual arts
  2. Performance
  3. Film
Key elements:

  • Performance slot(s) and/or art space in Sikka Art Fair
  • No entry fee

Theme:

None stated

Qualification:

  • Emirati, GCC or UAE-based

Outcomes:

Sikka Art Fair runs 16 -24 Mar 2019

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20 Oct 2018

 

Ras al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival

Organiser: Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation
Location: Ras al Khaimah
Info: website

Medium:

  1. Digital Art
  2. Film
  3. Sculpture
Key elements:

  • Trophy and AED 5,000 prizes for three Digital Art winners, two for Film, one for Sculpture
  • No entry fee
  • Artists and directors may enter work in all three categories, but only once per category
  • Digital art: up to three related high-resolution images, max 5MB each, no mobile phone pics
  • Film: max 30 minutes, bilingual Arabic/English (via subtitles), in one of three subcategories:
    • Animation
    • Documentary
    • ‘Short film’
  • Sculpture: must cope with open exposure to the elements. Subcategories:
    • Sculpture – from any new materials
    • Recycled Art – from at least 75% recycled materials (Ras Al Khaimah Waste Management Authority can provide materials)

Theme:

None stated

Qualification:

None stated

Outcomes:

RAK Fine Arts Festival runs 14-28 February 2019

DEADLINEWHATDetails
31 Oct 2018

 

Exhibition proposals for the UAE National Pavillion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale

Organiser: National Pavilion UAE – La Biennale di Venezia
Location: Venice
Info: website

Medium:

Unrestricted

Key elements:

  • Up to 10 of the initial proposals will be selected to be worked up into a fully developed exhibition proposal, to be received by 28 February 2019
  • Assessment will be based on
    • content and quality of the proposal
    • ability to execute the final exhibition in Venice
    • “most importantly” – what is the UAE story being told and what is the relevance on a global level
  • No information on stipend, budget allowance, etc

Theme:

None stated, but considerations include:

  • Relevance to the NPUAE mission “to unearth and reflect on the untold stories of the UAE, to contextualise those stories to regional and international discourse, and to identify contemporary developments in architectural discourse within the UAE”
  • Relevance to current regional and global discussions in the fields of architecture and urban planning or design
  • Flexibility to allow for modifications to accommodate the overall theme of La Biennale “once it has been announced”
  • Challenge to conventional exhibition formats

Qualification:

  • “Architects, designers, artists, historians and researchers who have worked or studied within the UAE or the MENASA region”
  • Applications must include a team member with a background in Architecture, Urban Planning, or Urban Design
  • UAE citizens, residents, and international applicants are all eligible to apply; but preference will be given to individuals living and working in the UAE or teams with at least one UAE-based member

Outcomes:

Second round of presenVenice Biennale runs May – November 2020

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1 Nov 2018

 

Air Arabia Curator in Residence

Organiser: Sharjah Art Foundation
Location: Sharjah
Info: website

Medium:

Curatorial

Key elements:

  • Organise an exhibition to be presented at Sharjah Art Foundation
  • Production budget up to AED 100,000
  • Support for travel within Air Arabia’s flight network (70 destinations)
  • Conduct research, “benefit from SAF’s institutional support and technical expertise”

Theme:

None stated, but proposals should “demonstrate a genuine interest in engaging with the regional context and highlighting connections between Sharjah and the greater region Air Arabia serves”

Qualification:

None stated

Outcomes:

Exhibition to open summer 2019

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20 Nov 2018

 

Abu Dhabi Stories

Organiser: Abu Dhabi Writers’ Workshop
Location: Abu Dhabi
Info: website

Medium:

Fiction writing (short stories)

Key elements:

  • Publication in upcoming anthology

Theme:

“The UAE’s rich heritage and achievements as a nation”

Qualification:

  • Fiction with an Abu Dhabi theme or connection
  • Min 250 max 2,500 words, in English
  • Author must be a member of Abu Dhabi Writers’ Workshop Meet-Up group and/or Abu Dhabi Writers’ Workshop Facebook group (both free)

Outcomes:

Publication in Abu Dhabi Stories anthology (on Amazon and Kindle: no date specified)

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01 Dec 2018

 

Art Jameel Commissions: Arts Writing and Research

Organiser: Art Jameel
Location: Dubai
Info: website

Medium:

Research leading to publication and public programme

Key elements:

  • Up to $3,000 for research plus dedicated budget for the proposed public programmes
  • $2,000pm stipend to cover living costs in Dubai
  • Accommodation in Dubai for 3 months (Sep-Dec 2019) plus return ticket to Dubai

Theme:

Preference given to work related to confluence, museology and/or the GCC

Qualification:

  • Writers, critics, art historians, curators and artists whose primary medium is writing
  • From, based in, or familiar with the Middle East, North Africa or Turkey
  • At least five years of professional practice

Outcomes:

Residency and public programmes run Sep-Dec 2019

If you know of anything we should include, please let us know!