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Open call for International Curator, A.I.R. Dubai – The Delfina Foundation

Open call for International Curator, A.I.R. Dubai - The Delfina FoundationDeadline: 30 September 2011

Open to: curators interested in pursuing research, curatorial and critical writing opportunities in the Gulf.

Building on the success of last year’s pilot scheme, House 44, (A.I.R. Dubai) has been established to develop and strengthen artistic practice by providing career-defining opportunities for exchange, exposure and production involving international and Emirati cultural practitioners.  Each year, the project aims to create a very distinctive addition to the activities of and Art Week, including the newly established Sikka Art Fair in Al Bastakiya, the neighbourhood where the residencies will take place.

A.I.R. Dubai’s partners – Art Dubai, , The Dubai Arts & Culture Authority, and Tashkeel – are delighted to announce a new opportunity next year, in collaboration with .

Applications are open to curators interested in pursuing research, curatorial and critical writing opportunities in the Gulf. The dates of the residency are 8 January to 7 April 2012.

The selected curator will be an upcoming/mid-career curator from anywhere in the world, either working with an established institution (and able to take a sabbatical) or freelance.

 

Application process

The for A.I.R. Dubai is an application-based process. The recipient will be chosen by a jury comprising of representatives from each partner, guest curator November Paynter, and ArtAsiaPacific.

Applicants are expected to submit:

·      The completed application form

·      Recent CV/resume

·      A minimum of three writing samples (at least one must be a published work/article)

·      Two references

Please submit only electronic copies of the above in ONE email to: apply@delfinafoundation.com.  In the subject line of your email, please specify A.I.R. DUBAI CURATORIAL RESIDENCY.

Closing date for applications:  30th September 2011, 17:00 GMT

All applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by 31st October 2011.

A.I.R. DUBAI 2012 OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR A CURATORIAL RESIDENCY

Building on the success of last year’s pilot scheme, , Artists-in-Residence Dubai (A.i.R. Dubai) has been established to develop and strengthen artistic practice by providing career-defining opportunities for exchange, exposure and production involving international and Emirati cultural practitioners.  Each year, the project aims to create a very distinctive addition to the activities of Art Dubai and Art Week, including the newly established Sikka Art Fair in Al Bastakiya, the neighbourhood where the residencies will take place.

A.I.R. Dubai’s partners – Art Dubai, Delfina Foundation, The Dubai Arts & Culture Authority, and Tashkeel – are delighted to announce a new international curator-in-residence opportunity next year, in collaboration with ArtAsiaPacific.

Applications are open to curators interested in pursuing research, curatorial and critical writing opportunities in the Gulf.  The dates of the residency are 8 January to 7 April 2012 (three-months), which is the period leading up to and including the UAE Art Week 2012, which includes Art Dubai (March 21-24, 2012).  During Art Week, the residency house will open its studios to the public as part of Sikka Art Fair.

The curator will be in residence alongside three international artists and three Emirati artists, directly invited by the partners.  Each international artist will be commissioned to produce new work for Art Dubai Projects, the fair’s not-for-profit programme of activities, while all artists are expected to showcase new work (or ideas-in-progress) in the residency house for the open studios.

The selected curator will be an upcoming/mid-career curator from anywhere in the world, either working with an established institution (and able to take a sabbatical) or freelance.  The jury will be seeking applicants who have demonstrated interest in the UAE/Gulf/Middle East with the capacity for in-depth research and writing.   It is expected that the curator will use the opportunity to further develop links within and knowledge of the Gulf, with a view to working with artists based in, or ideas developed within, this region in the future.  During the residency, the curator will be expected to:

  • conduct studio/gallery visits

  • provide curatorial support to A.I.R. Dubai’s resident artists and their respective commissions

  • work with partners to develop / curate A.I.R. Dubai’s open studios, which might include a written contribution to exhibition materials

  • participate in an educational programme around A.I.R. Dubai and its partners (such as Tashkeel, Art Dubai’s Education Programme and Sikka Art Fair)

The selected curator will receive:

  • A 12-week residency in Dubai, including one economy return flight, a bursary for per diems, a local travel allowance, and accommodation in A.I.R. Dubai’s residency house provided by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

  • A fee of £1,000 or 6,000 UAE Dirhams

  • Support in accessing artist studios, galleries and institutions in the UAE

  • An opportunity to be involved in developing research and discussion with the project partners

  • An opportunity to shape A.I.R. Dubai’s open studios education and exhibition programme

Application process

The curatorial residency for A.I.R. Dubai is an application-based process.  The recipient will be chosen by a jury comprising of representatives from each partner and ArtAsiaPacific.

About A.I.R. Dubai’s Partners

About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority:

The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Dubai Culture plays a critical part in achieving the vision of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 of establishing the city as vibrant, global Arabian metropolis that shapes culture and arts in the region and the world. The organisation has announced several initiatives that strengthen the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai. Their art projects include: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards: A first-of-its-kind regional initiative to honour patrons of the arts from around the world for their valuable support in encouraging and strengthening the cultural scene of the Emirate. Sikka Art Fair: An annual art fair aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE. Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre: An annual festival that celebrates and fosters the art of theatre in the UAE. For more information on Dubai Culture’s many other programmes: www.dubaiculture.ae

Art Dubai:

Art Dubai is the leading international art fair for the Middle East and South Asia, featuring over 75 dynamic regional and international galleries each year, plus a range of talks and debates; commissioned artists’ projects; performances; educational initiatives; and new works by the recipients of the annual Abraaj Capital Art Prize. The sixth edition of the fair takes place March 21-24, 2012, at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. The critically-acclaimed Global Art Forum runs alongside the fair, beginning in Qatar at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art on Monday March 19, and continuing at Art Dubai, March 21-23. The vibrancy of the Gulf arts scene is highlighted in Art Week, a collateral programme of arts exhibitions and projects programmed by galleries and partners across the Gulf to coincide with Art Dubai. www.artdubai.ae

The Delfina Foundation:

Founded in 2007 in London, The Delfina Foundation (DELFINA) develops interrelated programmes of residencies and public events, promoting critical discourse around global contemporary practices.  DELFINA currently facilitates cultural exchange with the greater Middle East and North Africa through its programmes for artists, curators and writers and by forging international collaborations that extend outside of the region. Over the last twenty-five years, the “Delfina” brand has become synonymous with artistic development. Renowned art patron Delfina Entrecanales established the organisation as the successor to her previous initiative, the Delfina Studio Trust, which held an unprecedented record in the international art world for nurturing and supporting over 400 artists and more than a dozen Turner Prize nominees. www.delfinafoundation.com

Tashkeel:

Established in Dubai in January 2008 by Lateefa bint Maktoum, Tashkeel is an independent resource for artists and designers. Tashkeel’s primary mission is to support, encourage and promote the work of artists of all nationalities living and working in the United Arab Emirates. Tashkeel is committed to facilitating art and design practice, cross-cultural dialogue and creative exchange. Tashkeel provides extensive communal studio facilities, a journal and reference library, a meeting room and members room, in addition to the gallery, which is open to the public. In January 2011 Tashkeel opened a second facility in the heritage area of Bastakiya, providing four individual artists’ studios and a dedicated members gallery. Tashkeel also organizes workshops in creative practice, led by practicing artists and open to both Tashkeel members and the general public.  www.tashkeel.org

ArtAsiaPacific:

ArtAsiaPacific (AAP), established in 1993, is the leading English-language periodical covering contemporary art and culture from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. Since 2005, AAP has produced the annual Almanac edition, published in January, which surveys the past year in the 67 countries and territories covered in the magazine. AAP also publishes exhibition catalogs and artist monographs, often in collaboration museums and nonprofit arts organizations. www.artasiapacific.com

For more information, please contact:

Garine Aivazian, Projects Co-ordinator

The Delfina Foundation

+44 207 233 5344

apply@delfinafoundation.com

 Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:

http://www.delfinafoundation.com/news.php#news218

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