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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22 Aug 2019

Tamayouz International Graduation Projects Award 2019

Organiser: Tamayouz Excellence Award
Location: International
Info: website

Medium:
Student projects in architectural design

Key elements:

  • Open to graduation projects from architecture, urban design and landscape design students worldwide
  • Aims:

    • recognise excellence in architectural design and education

    • promote and provoke architectural debate

    • share experience and knowledge among young architects and academics

  • Individuals or team entries (though Team Leader only is required to register)

  • Assessment by independent international jury

  • Assessment criteria: “aspirational and transformative projects tackling local and global challenges informed by a holistic understanding of context”

  • Entry fee $50 (discounted to $30 for payment in May and $40 in June. Whole-course registration available too institutions for £250 

  • Register in advance; all entries are anonymous and referenced only by their registration number
  • Longlist announcement September, winners October 2019

Qualification:

  • Final-year students of Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Architecture Technology and Landscape Design

  • Submitted entries must be final year graduation projects (presented between 1 Sep 2018 and 31 Aug 2019)

Outcomes:

  • Winner: MSc Scholarship for two years at the University Polytechnic of Milan (accommodation, flights, fees) + Tamayouz Medal + Certificate + hotel and flights for Award Ceremony 
  • Two runners-up: $1,500 Travel Scholarship (accommodation, flights, workshop fees) for seven days to attend the Award Ceremony and five-day Design Workshop
  • Seven Honourable Mentions: Tamayouz Medallion + certificate
  • Shortlisted and longlisted entries featured in online publications and social media
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31 Aug 2019

Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival 2020

Organiser: Al Qasimi Foundation
Location: Ras al Khaimah
Info: website

Medium: Digital art, sculpture, film

Key elements:

  • Submit work for exhibition at the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival
  • Four categories:
    • Digital art (paintings, photographs, graphics, and other 2D mixed media: not video, apparently)

    • Sculpture (subcategory for use of recycled materials)

    • Film (max 30 mins, bilingual, subcategories for Animation, Documentary, Short)

    • Student (K12 or undergrad, submitted by school or individual)

  • No entry fee

Theme:

  • Connected Communities – “the Festival hopes to bring to life the many profound ways we experience community and the collective power they have for shaping our small, respective corners of the globe”

Qualification:

  • Open to “artists and directors of all ages and nationalities, regardless of their emirate or country of residence”

Outcomes:

  • Successful submissions are exhibited at Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival (1 Feb – 31 Mar)
  • First and second place awards for each of the four categories (total of eight awards)
    • First place: trophy and AED 5,000
    • Second place: trophy and AED 2,500
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31 Aug 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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1 Sept 2019

Rifat Chadirji Prize: Barjeel Museum for Modern Arab Art

Organiser: Tamayouz Excellence Award
Location: Sharjah
Info: website

Medium:
Architectural design

Key elements:

  • Design a museum of modern art with all services to house a collection of art from across the Arab world
  • Should be “an architectural and cultural landmark”
  • Should reflect Sharjah’s cultural heritage and environment without being “a historic  pastiche”
  • Plot location is predetermined (Al Tarfa, Sharjah), size approx 6,600m2 
  • Entry fee £75 (can enter with multiple designs). Early bird discount available to 1 June
  • Register in advance; all entries are anonymous and referenced only by their registration number
  • Submit one A0 board as JPG containing plans, sections, elevations, visualisations, diagrams, etc plus one Word doc of max 250 words
  • Assessment based on …
    • Relevance (contextual parameters identification of local challenges, construction, natural environment, living culture)
    • Response (clear, aspirational, transformative, original projects preferred)
    • Resolution (architectural intent and design vision)
  • Individuals or team entries (up to four per team)
  • Results in November 2019

Qualification:

  • None specified. Can be architects, students, engineers, designers (multidisciplinary teams welcome)

Outcomes:

  • Winner: Rifat Chadirji Prize Award + $5,000 + certificate + hotel and flights for Award Ceremony (location probably Amman)
  • Two runners-up: $1,000 + certificate + hotel and flights for Award Ceremony 
  • People’s Choice Award: $500 + certificate + hotel and flights for Award Ceremony (unclear how this will be determined)
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1 Sept 2019

Women in Architecture and Construction Award

Organiser: Tamayouz Excellence Award
Location: NENA (Near East and North Africa)
Info: website

Medium:
Architectural design, built environment

Key elements:

  • Women-only prize
  • Award aims to …
    • support women from NENA region working in the fields of architecture, construction and landscape
    • empower women working in male-dominated professions
    • recognise and celebrate achievements of young women
    • showcase female-driven achievements
  • Two categories:
    • Outstanding Achievements: positive contribution to architecture and the status of women in the field
    • Rising Stars: excellence in design, leadership, early career achievements and a bright future ahead
  • Potential candidates Include …
    • architects, landscape designers, civil engineers, site supervisors, project managers, urban designers, urban planners, site labourers, clients
    • academics and researchers in architecture or construction
    • activists promoting the environment and conservation of national heritage
    • public sector employees with architecture or construction backgrounds “who are making a difference locally or in the wider region”
  • Selection based on career achievements and contribution to the fields of architecture and construction
  • No entry fee 
  • Nominate or self-nominate
  • Judging (by independent panel) during October, winner announced November 2019

Qualification:

  • Women from the NENA region (eligible countries listed on the website)

  • Must be employed in the region in architecture and construction, or must have had a direct impact on the built environment in the NENA region

  • Also must have made “contributions in their communities”

Outcomes:

  • Winners receive Tamayouz Excellence Medal + hotel and flights for Award Ceremony in Amman
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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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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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