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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[none stated]Singers for Voices of Harmony (female only) and Blue Fever

Organiser:
Location: Abu Dhabi
Info: email request to Voices of Harmony or Blue Fever

Medium:

Singing

Key elements:

  • Voices of Harmony is an all-female a cappella four-part barbershop quartet based in Abu Dhabi
  • Blue Fever is an a cappella jazz group based in Abu Dhabi
  • “Friendly and fun”

Theme:

n/a

Qualification:

None stated, but a reasonable singing voice seems relevant

Outcomes:

Singing together for pleasure, plus occasional public performances

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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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1 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

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3 Dec 2018

 

Venice Internship

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

Medium:

n/a

Key elements:

  • Staff the UAE National Pavillion at the Venice Biennial for 30 days (Biennale runs May-November 2019) and submit a weekly written assignment.
  • Preliminary raining in UAE and in Venice
  • Costs covered (travel to Venice, accommodation) plus per diem allowance
  • “Around 21 students and young professionals” will be selected
  • Duties may include:
    • Exhibition management
      • Maintain clean and tidy exhibition space
      • Monitor and report faults
      • Open and close the exhibition every day
    • Visitor services
      • Greet visitors, provide basic information and assistance
      • Run guided tours of the works when requested to
    • Marketing/PR
      • Event management support
      • Social networking
      • Record UAE Pavilion events and audience feedback
      • Website updates
      • Monitor social monitor
      • Market research
    • Initial application is online with supporting statement and materials. Those selected for round two will be asked to submit an essay and “letters of motivation”. Third and final round will be face to face interviews

Theme:

  • 2019 International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale will be curated under the title “May You Live in Interesting Times”. Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath will curate the UAE’s National Pavilion there. This is the UAE’s sixth participation in the International Art Exhibition

Qualification:

  • Over 21
  • Relevant BA or similar
  • “Interest or background in arts, architecture, diplomacy, international relations or representing the UAE on a significant global platform”
  • Intending to pursue a career in the arts and creative industries in the UAE
  • Knowledge of the UAE’s role in La Biennale di Venezia
  • Available to travel for up to 40 days

Outcomes:

  • One month in Venice staffing the UAE’s art and architecture exhibitions at La Biennale di Venezia and overseeing the daily operations of the exhibition (interns will be sent to Venice in groups of 2 or 3 people, on a 30-day rotation from May 2019)
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9 Dec 2018

 

School Librarian of the Year Award

Organiser: Emirates Literature Foundation 
Location: Dubai
Info: website

Medium:

Librarianship

Key elements:

  • Two categories: public (Government-run) schools and private (fee-paying) schools)
  • No restriction on who makes the nomination (self-nomination acceptable)

Theme:

  • “Celebrate the inspiring work of the UAE’s best school librarians … those school librarians who have been shown to make a difference to literacy in their schools, sharing their passion for books and inspiring the next generation of readers”

Qualification:

  • School librarians
  • Must be in post during March 2019
  • Nominations must have approval of nominee and relevant headteacher
  • Only one nomination per school library (could be a joint nomination)

Outcomes:

  • First Place in both categories:
    • trip to London for four people, inc flights/accommodation
    • visit to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter
    • visit to the British library
    • “an item of library furniture”
    • AED 2,000 for library books
  • Second Place:
    • Visit to Dubai Parks and Resorts for four people including two nights’ accommodation in Dubai hotel
    • AED 1,500 for library books
  • Third Place:
    • AED 1,500 for library books
  • Prize ceremony during Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (1-9 March 2019)
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1 Jan 2019

 

Alserkal Residency Summer Cycle

Organiser: Alserkal Avenue
Location: Dubai
Info: website

Medium:

Any artistic practice or research

Key elements:

  • Support for artistic and discursive projects
  • Engage the local interdisciplinary community through “public events and conversations”
  • Return flights to Dubai, accommodation, living expenses plus research and programming stipends, studio access in Alserkal Avenue, support from Alserkal Residency team, networking with “international and local art professionals”

Qualification:

  • Citizens and/or permanent residents of the GCC; and citizens and permanent residents of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and/or Sri Lanka
  • Open to artists, writers, curators, architects, researchers 

Theme:

  • None stated, but research-based and socially-engaged practices seem preferred

Outcomes:

  • Residency will run from 1 May – 30 June 2019
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4 Jan 2019

 

Sony World Photography Awards: National Award

Organiser: World Photography Organisation
Location: UAE
Info: website

Medium:

Photography

Key elements:

  • National winner selected from entries in any of the ten Open categories of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards (so that’s what you enter, not the National competition per se)
  • Categories are:
    • Architecture
    • Culture
    • Creative
    • Motion
    • Landscape
    • Natural World & Wildlife
    • Portraiture
    • Still Life
    • Street Photography
    • Travel
  • Only single images qualify, not series
  • No entry fee
  • Submit up to three images for free, in any of the 10 categories

Qualification:

  • UAE resident
  • Images must have been taken in 2018

Outcomes:

  • Winners announced Feb 2019
  • Opportunities:
    • National winner
    • Category winners and runners-up
    • overall Open Photographer of the Year
  • National winner receives:
    • Sony ILCE-7M3/K with SEL2870 lens
    • Winning work exhibited at Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition (London, 17 April – 6 May 2019)
    • Inclusion in global media campaign and World Photography Organisation website
    • Automatic entry into global Open Photographer of the Year competition (win $5,000, Sony equipment, trip to London)
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18 Jan 2019

 

Montegrappa Writing Prize

Organiser: Emirates Literature Foundation 
Location: Dubai
Info: website

Medium:

Novel

Key elements:

  • Submit 400-word synopsis and the first 2,000 words of your unpublished novel (any genre)
  • Multiple entries permitted but none should have been submitted in the previous years’ competitions
  • Entry fee of AED 200 per entry is payable on submission
  • Winning entry has a good chance of being taken on by literary agent Luigi Bonomi

Qualification:

  • Over the age of 21
  • Any nationality currently resident in the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or Kuwait
  • Proposed MS must be completed before or shortly after winners are announced (March 2019)
  • Entrants must not have had a novel published
  • The novel can be in any genre, but must be in English

Outcomes:

  • Winners will be announced only at the prize-giving ceremony held during the Emirates Literature Festival
  • Winner receives:
    • A Montegrappa Limited Edition pen
    • Meeting with literary agent Luigi Bonomi
    • Two nights B&B stay at a Dubai hotel
    • A copy of the current Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook
  • Four runners-up receive:
    • A Montegrappa Limited Edition pen
    • Feedback session with gent Luigi Bonomi
    • A copy of the current Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook
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20 Jan 2019

 

The Christo and Jeanne Claude Award

Organiser: New York University Abu Dhabi
Location: Abu Dhabi
Info: website

Medium:

Any

Key elements:

  • Award is for “the proposal and creation of an artwork that, in the spirit of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work, can be publicly exhibited and enjoyed”
  • Any media is acceptable, but in practice 3D seems most likely to win (eg sculpture, installation, land art) since it will be exhibited outside at NYUAD
  • Application form must include a proposed budget and schedule
  • Winner gets $10,000 to produce the new work …
  • … plus $5,000 directly from Christo at the end of their exhibition to fund “future artistic projects, study and/ or work experience”

Qualification:

  • Applicants must be either
    • a full time degree student enrolled at a university or college in the UAE; or
    • a UAE resident who has graduated from a university or college (not necessarily in the UAE) within the last five years
  • Applicants must have a mentor commited to supporting them through the application, production, and exhibition process

Outcomes:

  • Winning work exhibited at NYUAD in October 2019

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