Open call for applications for Artist Residency

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The partners of A.I.R. Dubai – The Dubai Arts & Culture Authority, Delfina Foundation, Art Dubai and Tashkeel – are inviting locally based artists of all nationalities to apply for its 2015 residency programme, scheduled to run from January 25 to March 25, 2016.

This year, four participating artists from the UAE will be selected through a competitive open call for two-month artistic residencies in Dubai, with resulting works produced to be exhibited as part of Art Dubai Projects. Scheduled to run from January 25 to March 25, 2016, A.I.R. Dubai's programme will include two international artists, an international curator and an Emirati assistant curator working alongside the four selected artists from the UAE. The residency programme will give local artists the opportunity to engage in intercultural dialogue with the international residents, reiterating Dubai's position as a vibrant hub for art. All artists will be provided with studios at Tashkeel during the course of the residency with full access to the facilities at Tashkeel. The residency will also have access to a traditional house in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, for research or studio purposes. 

All six artists will be invited to propose site-specific works for Art Dubai Projects, the fair's non-commercial programme of new commissions.  In addition to the new works commissioned for Art Dubai Projects, the artists will also be required to commit to the expanded education and outreach programme, with talks and workshops taking place throughout the two-month residency, engaging local schools, universities and the arts community at large, with the guidance of the curator and assistant curator. Additionally, for the period of SIKKA, the appointed Al Fahidi house will be transformed into an exhibition space of previous A.i.R artists OR of research and evidence of studio practice collated during the 2016 residency.

 Prior to the residency the artists will be invited to visit Dubai for two weeks in September 2015 – from 13 to 27 September – during this time, there will be introductions to all the partners along with research period and opportunity to engage with the curator and fellow artists. With that in mind, the resulting Art Dubai Projects are intended to respond to the UAE, with proposals to be submitted by the artists prior to the commencement of the residency for both the project and workshops. The deadline for the project proposals is 31 October.

Applications are open to both UAE nationals and artists living and working in the UAE of all nationalities.

During the residency, the artists will be expected to:
  • Work closely with the curator and assistant curator with the aim of expanding their ideas, refining their approach and developing their practice
  • Be available full time and work from the allocated studios for the duration of the residency – January 25 to March 25, 2016
  • Propose works that relate to Dubai and UAE context for Art Dubai Projects by 31 October.
  • Propose workshops and talks by 31 October to take place between 25 January – 25 March 2016
  • Provide written and visual contribution to the blog on a weekly basis, with the guidance and support of the curator and assistant curator
  • Be available for press interviews – see media section below where preferences can be specified
  • Contribute to the public programme in support of A.i.R – these may be on site in the studios or on location at schools, universities and other institutions
  • A studio/workspace at Tashkeel for eight weeks along with access to the appointed A.i.R house in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
  • An artist fee (8,000dhs) and material budget (to a maximum of 10,000dhs) – the materials budget is available to the artists on an 'as-need' basis
  • Multiple, diverse platforms (e. g. talks, workshops, open studios) to discuss and showcase ideas and working practices during the residency with peers and professionals and during Art Week with international audiences


  • Emirati and locally based visual artists whose practice includes a strong degree of research that would make use of the residency experience
  • Able to be released from other work/study commitments in order to fully commit to the programme, during the residency and during Art Week (this includes not taking on additional exhibitions or commissions without the approval of A.i.R Dubai's partners)
  • Seeking a career-defining opportunity to research a bold, seminal artistic project
  • Able to demonstrate achievement or great potential in visually articulating ground-breaking and critically engaged ideas and concepts in an innovative and collaborative way
  • Resourceful and able to work in a cost-effective way
  • Able to demonstrate how the experience of this residency may benefit his/her practice and career development
  • Proficient in English

Applicants are expected to submit all of the below items and only the below items. Extra materials will not be considered.
  • The completed application form
  • Passport Copy (inc. visa page where applicable)
  • Brief Biography
  • Recent CV/resume
  • Portfolio – only one document/pdf file. Although there is no maximum number of images that will be accepted, we advise applicants to only submit relevant ones to reduce the size of email submissions. The images should be high quality but small in terms of file size. Please include captions or short descriptions in the file. For videos/films, please provide links to your own website, Vimeo page, YouTube page, etc. Do not attach actual video files.

Please submit all materials to this email address with A.I.R. DUBAI in the subject: submission@tashkeel.org

Please click here to download submission form

Please try to send all information in one email. If the files do not fit in one email, you may submit multiple emails. In this case, indicate in the subject line of the email the number of emails that you are sending to ensure that all of your emails are filed. (e.g. "A.I.R. DUBAI APPLICATION 1 of 3", "2 of 3", etc).

Closing date for applications:  21 AUGUST 2015.

All applicants will be notified of the panel's decision by 6 SEPTEMBER 2015.











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