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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11 Apr 2019

ADMAF Design Fund

Organiser: ADMAF
Location: UAE
Info: website

Medium:
Jewellery design

Key elements: 

  • New for 2019: annual award exclusively for Emiratis. This year’s subject: jewellery design
  • Design a piece (or a series: it’s not clear)
  • Submit by 11 April
  • First prize: AED 50,000 plus workshops and mentorship in Paris; winning work to be exhibited during Abu Dhabi Festival 2020
  • Application requires description of “inspiration, symbolism, style, intended use and relevance of piece to you/to the award”

Theme:

  • none stated

Qualification:

  • Emiratis only, but otherwise appears to be open to any background and discipline

Outcomes:

  • AED 50,000 to complete a piece for exhibition
  • Trip to Paris for workshops and mentorship at L’ecole Van Cleef and Arpels (detail unspecified)
  • Exhibition during Abu Dhabi Festival 2020
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30 Apr 2019

Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower 

Organiser: Bee Breeders / Environment Agency Abu Dhabi 
Location: Abu Dhabi 
Info: website

Medium:
Design

Key elements:

  • Design a new observation tower for the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve
  • Register by 30 April, submit proposals by 13 June; decision 18 July
  • First prize: $3,000 plus construction. Second: $1,500. Third: $500. Additional: $500 best student, $500 Green Award
  • Project spec:
    • Max tower height 12m
    • Max combined floor area 400 m²
    • Durable, vandal-proof, easily repaired
    • Accessible for disabled visitors
    • Access by flexible modular boardwalk system
    • Environmentally responsible and energy efficient construction
    • Little or no mechanical excavation
  • Project proposal:
    • No set budget, but construction costs should not exceed $200,000.
    • Submit four A2 presentation boards (no video files accepted)
    • Registration fees: $90-140 per submission, depending on when you register (discounts for students)
    • Enter as individual or team (max four members)

Theme:

  • None

Qualification:

  • Open to all, no professional status required

Outcomes:

  • Prizes and publicity for winners, plus permanent construction for first-place project
  • Publicity for six commended projects
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12 May 2019

LAGI 2019 – environmentally sensitive artwork for Masdar City site

Organiser: Land Art Generator
Location: Abu Dhabi 
Info: website

Medium:
Design

Key elements:

  • Design an iconic work of art for a landmark site within Masdar City that uses renewable energy technology as a medium of creative expression
  • Submit proposals by 12 May, shortlist notified during August
  • First prize: $40,000 plus construction. Second: $10,000
  • Project spec:
    • “A 3D sculptural form that has the ability to stimulate and challenge the minds of visitors [and] inspire the world about the beauty of renewable energy infrastructures [with] a positive message about life in a post-carbon future”
    • A permanent installation that will serve as a contemporary, relevant, and lasting cultural attraction
    • Self-powered – capture energy from nature, convert it into electricity, store it and/or transmit power to a grid connection point
    • Generate no environmental pollution
    • Not exceed $20 per watt of installed capacity
    • Include spaces for recreation, events, and interaction
    • Site approx 300m x 90m

Theme:

  • “Return to the Source” (puns on the meaning of Masdar)
  • In practice the land art should celebrate the values of renewability, sustainability and community

Qualification:

  • Open to “anyone to enter who believes that the world can be powered beautifully and sustainably”

  • In practice the public access constraints and the technology components probably require a team approach

Outcomes:

  • Prizes for winners, plus permanent construction for first-place project
  • Award ceremony and exhibition at 24th World Energy Congress, Abu Dhabi 9-12 Sept
  • Shortlisted submissions featured in book to be launched January 2020 at  World Future Energy Summit.
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31 May 2019

Le Grand Prix du Carré Hermès: Scarf Design Competition

Organiser: Designboom for Hermès
Location: International 
Info: website

Medium:
Design/illustration/art

Key elements:

  • Design a scarf for Hermès. According to Hermès’ artistic director, it should be “enigmatic yet clear, simple yet luxuriant, meaningful yet mysterious right down to the tiniest detail; enclosed within a limited space yet free, open to infinite interpretations”
  • Cash prize of €5,000 for up to three winners
  • Register on the website with a profile and examples of previous work
    • Phase 1: Shortlist of “around 100″ notified mid-July
    • Phase 2: shortlisted candidates present their project with sketches and explainer (250 words max)

    • Phase 3: “around 10″ will spend two days at Hermès in Paris during November for a “period of immersion”

    • Final design to scale (90×90 cm) submitted mid-January

    • “One to three” winners named 1 March 2020

  • No entry fee

Qualification:

  • Open to “professionals, students and design enthusiasts, alone or in artists’ collective, from every country in the world”

  • Requirement for “examples of previous work”  implies a career design professional or illustrator

  • Any who has already sold a drawing to Hermès is ineligible

Outcomes:

  • Two-day workshop at Hermès for “around 10” finalists (travel and accommodation provided)

  • Cash prize €5,000 (exc taxes) for up to three winners, including the purchase of the winning designs “with a view to reproduction in one of its future collections”

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26 June 2019

Commercial Interior Design Awards

Organiser: Commercial Interior Design magazine (ITP)
Location: Dubai 
Info: website

Medium:
Interior Design

Key elements:

  • Awards “recognise and reward those regional and international players that have gone above and beyond in terms of their industry contribution
  • 17 categories covering projects, design firms and individuals:
    • Interior Design Of The Year: Hotels
    • Interior Design Of The Year: Bars & Clubs
    • Interior Design Of The Year: Food & Beverage
    • Interior Design Of The Year: Office
    • Interior Design Of The Year: Public Sector
    • Interior Design Of The Year: Residential
    • Interior Design Of The Year: Retail
    • Best Outdoor Design of the Year 
    • Interior Fit-Out Project of the Year 
    • Best Interior Design Concept of the Year 
    • Behind The Scenes Award
    • Young Interior Designer of the Year
    • Interior Designer of the Year 
    • Interior Design Boutique Firm of the Year
    • Interior Design Firm of the Year
    • Fit Out Firm of the Year 
    • Best Use Of Lighting In Interior Design 
  • Third-party and self-nominations are accepted
  • Shortlists in each category determined by CID editorial team, then independent judges decide final placings
  • Submit statement (500 words or less) plus supporting documents, renderings and images in a single DFF of up 10MB
  • No entry fee

Qualification:

  • Commercial and residential projects from the MENA region

  • Must have been completed between July 2018 and July 2019.

Outcomes:

  • Winners announced at the Commercial Interior Design Awards ceremony (ticketed black-tie gala event) on 11 September 2019
  • No cash prize, but plenty of kudos and industry recognition
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