Application Deadline: 19 March 2022
Artist in Residence is an annual nine-month art residency programme, from September to June, where artists are given studio space in one of the five floors of the Fire Station building. The residency is an opportunity for artists residing in Qatar to develop their art practice through the programme, which includes mentorship, working with curators, open studios and access to the building’s facilities (fabrication lab, woodshop and exhibition spaces).
Artists are also given the opportunity to showcase their artworks by the end of their residency in an exhibition in the Garage Gallery at the Fire Station.
This residency is open to Qatar-based artists aged 21+ with a valid Residency Permit (RP) for the duration of the residency. Students enrolled in an Academic program at the time of the residency are not eligible to apply.
The program is open to all artistic practices, including but not limited to visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, media art, installation, graphic arts, illustration, etc.), photography, film, sound art, design, and literature.
What the residency offers:
The residency includes 24-hour access to a private furnished studio space, per diem, access to the wood workshop and fabrication lab with technical assistance and support, mentorship, guidance and critiques throughout the program duration, networking opportunities and interactive sessions with artists and guest artists, media and social media coverage, interactive sessions with artists and guest critics (invited artists and curators), Open Studio Nights, and public talks.
Deadline: Applications are open.
Number of awards: 3
The ARAK Collection Annual Residency Fellowship Program aims to promote a better knowledge and understanding of Contemporary Sub-Saharan Art in the Middle East and Beyond through research of the extensive works part of their collection.
The resident guest curator is expected to research the collection with the intention of curating an exhibition and writing the exhibition catalogue at the end of the residency period, after in-depth research and the submission of a curatorial concept to be approved by the ARAK Collection Curatorial Advisory Committee.
The Residency Fellowship Program was created to support ARAK Collection’s Mission of developing and supporting young and mid-career artists and curators through promoting curatorial research, publications and exhibitions of their collection’s works. The exhibitions developed and produced by ARAK Collection aspire to be impactful and are all associated with relevant public programming.
THE SELECTED CURATOR WILL DEVELOP THEIR WORK IN TWO PARTS:
Research, firstly while in residence at ARAK Collection in Doha – Qatar, and after when traveling or back home. followed by an exhibition based on the results and approved curatorial concept submitted to the ARAK Collection Curatorial Advisory Committee. A comprehensive exhibition catalogue (English and Arabic) is expected to be published and released at the exhibition opening.
Each Fellowship Grant is approximately USD 20,000 the GRANT INCLUDES:
- USD 5000 for research expenses and fee.
- USD 15,000 to produce the exhibition and publish the catalogue.
STAGE 1 — RESEARCH
- Following the curators selection, the curator will receive approximately a USD 5000 research grant, paid in monthly disbursements throughout the 6 months duration of the project as agreed with the ARAK Collection Curatorial Advisory Committee.
- The budget and schedule will be submitted to the ARAK Collection team for approval.
- The curator will have 4 months of research time, after which he/she will send a Curatorial Concept to the ARAK Collection Curatorial Advisory Committee, which will determine whether the project is feasible and can be organized as an exhibition (stage 2).
STAGE 2 — PRODUCING & ORGANIZING THE EXHIBITION
If approved, the project will enter the production stage, supervised by the ARAK Collection team. The USD 15,000 budget, managed by the ARAK Collection team, includes:
- designing, setting up and taking down the exhibition as well as for providing security.
- invitation of the curator and, possibly, artists to Doha during opening week (and/or during the installation and public programing associated with the exhibition).
The curator will:
- select the works forming the body of the exhibition from the ARAK Collection
- draft a Curatorial Concept presenting the selection of exhibition works
- attend the exhibition opening week and participate in the associated public programming to be proposed by the curator and approved by the ARAK Collection team.