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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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”

Theme:

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

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 

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

Theme:

  • as above

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

Theme:

  • None stated

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”

Theme:

  • None stated, but see above

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 committed to supporting them through the application, production, and exhibition process

Outcomes:

  • Winning work exhibited at NYUAD in October 2019
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22 Jan 2019

 

Young Filmmakers’ Circle

Organiser: ADMAF
Location: UAE
Info: website

Medium:

Film

Key elements:

  • Selection of a small group of filmmakers (number unspecified) who undergo a year’s training and mentoring
  • Includes professional intensive capacity building programme in collaboration with Film Academy Baden-Württemberg and Orient Meets Occident
  • Eight sessions total (approx three days each) between March 2019 and March 2020
  • Two best participants get a grant (amount and usage limitations unspecified) including one semester’s study abroad in Filmakademie’s International Class, Oct 2020 to Feb 2021
  • Apply with work samples, filmography, plot outline for an undeveloped project

Theme:

  • None stated

Qualification:

  • No specific requirements listed, but applicants must presumably be …
    • UAE resident
    • able to commit the time required

Outcomes:

  • Hands-on experience, networking, professional career development
  • Work-in-progress teaser shorts may be shown at Abu Dhabi Festival 2020
  • Further training in Germany for two winners
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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

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