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

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7 Sept 2019

Nature Based Generations

Organiser: UAE Modern
Location: Dubai
Info: website

Medium:
Urbanism, environment, society

Key elements:

  • Call for entries aimed at collecting “best practices, projects, products, researches, applications, initiatives and solutions adopting a nature-driven approach in tackling economic, social and environmental challenges”
  • Five categories
    • cities
    • communities
    • materials and processes
    • nutrition
    • energy
  • Apply with AV file (up to 5 mins) plus text
  • Wide-ranging: potential candidates include NGOs, international and local institutions, teams, to individuals
  • No entry fee 
  • Selected applicants notified by 11 Sept

Theme:

  • Submissions should have a “nature-driven approach”

Qualification:

  • None stated, but clearly a professional background is implied

Outcomes:

  • Five submissions rated highest will feature in a panel discussion to take place on main stage during Dubai Design Week, 11-16 Nov (and presumably will be exhibited or digitally accessed as well)
  • Travel and accommodation expenses paid
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extended to
10 Sep 2019

Sabeel 2020

Organiser: Art Jameel / Expo 2020 Dubai
Location: Dubai
Info: website

Medium: Design

Key elements:

  • Design a fresh-water drinking fountain for Expo 2020 public spaces
  • Applicants must have prior experience of working to brief or commission on public projects, but anyone in the creative sector can apply
  • Three winners, selected by jury comprising …
    • Asif Khan, key architect for Expo 2020’s arrival plazas and concourses 
    • Christopher Turner, Keeper of Design, Architecture and Digital at V&A London
    • Hani Asfour, Dean of Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation
    • Manal Ataya,  DG Sharjah Museums Authority
    • Marjan Faraidooni, Chief Pavilions and Exhibitions Officer at Expo 2020
    • Nasser Abulhasan, Principal, AGi architects
    • Shumon Basar, writer/curator
  • “At least” one design will be selected for production and installation at around 45 sites
  • Design should be …
    • functional yet design-oriented
    • simple yet innovative
    • easily recognised
    • robust
    • flexible and adaptable
    • a good match to Expo 2020’s sustainability strategy
  • Apply with draft budget, up to three hi-res preliminary visuals, up to three tech drawings, CV and up to 10 visuals of relevant previous work
  • No entry fee

Theme:

  • Draws from the Expo 2020 theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ and subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability

Qualification:

  • UAE nationals, residents “and those with a demonstrable and sustained relationship with the UAE and its values”
  • Work in creative industries (eg designers, architects, artists)
  • Experience working to brief or commission in the public realm 

Outcomes:

  • Three winners each receive AED 100,000
  • One or more designs will be selected for production (c.45 units installed around Expo 2020 site)
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15 Sept 2019

Rado Star Prize UAE

Organiser: Rado / Dubai Design Week
Location: UAE
Info: website

Medium:
Design

Key elements:

  • “Entry is open to all up-and-coming designers” (but see qualifications below)
  • No entry fee
  • Online entry with bio, short description, up to four visuals
  • No designs for watches “or other horological instruments”
  • Individuals only: no groups or teams
  • Only one design per entry, one entry per person
  • Five finalists selected by jury, notified 1 Oct, then submit 3D prototypes by 15 Oct
  • Jury:
    • Rawan Kashkoush, Creative Director Dubai Design Week
    • Suzanne Trocmé, furniture designer/ design festival consultant/editor at large for Wallpaper*
    • Hakim El Kadiri, VP Product Management Rado
  • IP remains with participants but Rado gets a perpetual right to use the entry royalty-free for marketing purposes

Theme:

  • “Design as something enduring, long-lasting and versatile. Permanence overcomes obsolescence as we look for designs that will prove their timeless appeal”

Qualification:

  • 18 years or older
  • UAE resident
  • Must be studying a design discipline “or otherwise aiming to become a designer” – ie cannot be a graduate designer “or employed as a designer in any capacity”

Outcomes:

  • Winner receives AED 20,000 and a Rado watch
  • Five finalists show their concepts during Dubai Design Week (11-16 Nov)
  • Additional Public Winner (to be chosen by visitors to the exhibition) will receive a Rado watch
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15 Sept 2019

Campus Art Dubai 8.0

Organiser: Art Dubai
Location: Dubai
Info: website

Medium:
Art, curation

Key elements:

 

  • Six-month seminar and residency programme (Oct 2019 – Mar 2020)
  • For “up to” five artists and one curator
  • Applicants must have an artist project or curatorial brief which they will work on during the programme 
  • Curriculum includes a “production residency” plus mandatory attendance at …
    • Group Critiques: participants present their project for group critique and feedback at least four times
    • One-on-One Critique with tutors and gallerists of their choice, on a rolling sign-up basis
    • Talks / Presentations by visiting tutors
    • Field trips (transportation provided)
    • Seminars – 11am to 6pm, twice a month on Saturdays from Oct 2019 to Jan 2020, with assigned reading and other materials 
  • Residency includes:
    • access to fully-equipped studio space for the duration
    • AED 7,345 to each artist/curator to cover material and research costs 
    • support in developing initial research ideas into work which can be exhibited
    • public events and open studios giving the public an opportunity to interact with the artists
    • final curated exhibition at Art Dubai 2020
  • Taught and led each year by a rotating faculty of academics, critics, curators, and artists
  • No entry fee

Theme:

  • n/a

Qualification:

  • “Open to all Emirati and locally-based artists and curators”

Outcomes:

  • Successful participants show in a group exhibition during Art Dubai 2020 (25 – 28 Mar)
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30 Sept 2019

Noon Art Award

Organiser: Sharjah Ladies Club
Location: Sharjah
Info: website

Medium:
Painting, photography, digital art

Key elements:

  • Female only exhibition 
  • Five awards in three sections:
    • Painting
      • Noon Artist Award (age 25-40)
      • Noon Rising Star Award (age 18-24)
    • Photography
      • Noon Artist Award (age 25-40)
      • Noon Rising Star Award (age 18-24)
    • Digital Art
      • Digital Art Award (age 18-40)
  • Works should be new
  • No entry fee

Theme:

  • After the rain – “works should showcase and express what the artist feels after the rain has passed”

Qualification:

  • UAE nationals and residents
  • Female only
  • Age range 18 to 40 years

Outcomes:

  • Prizes:
    • Noon Artist Awards: AED 10,000
    • Noon Rising Star Awards: AED 5,000
    • Digital Art Award: AED 4,000
  • Selected works exhibited 18-21 November 2019 at Kunooz Events and Catering
  • Artist receives 60% of sale price
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30 Sept 2019

Yasalam Emerging Talent Competition (ETC)

Organiser: Flash Entertainment
Location: Abu Dhabi
Info: website

Medium:
Design

Key elements:

  • Annual region-wide talent search for up-and-coming musicians 
  • Winners perform at Yasalam, Abu Dhabi’s city-wide music festival around the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
  • No entry fee
  • Shortlist announced in October, with accoustic performance and mentoring session to follow; final selection November
  • No restriction on genre

Qualification:

  • “Serious artists who want to advance their career in the music scene
  • Based locally or regionally (we assume GCC)

Outcomes:

  • Shortlisted artists get advice/mentorship and capsule acoustic performances
  • Selected artists perform in the village at du Arena during the F1 GP weekend (29 Nov – 1 Dec)
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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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