Arab Stages Volume One, Issue Two Now Online!

www.arabstages.org

The free and open access Arab Stages is devoted to broadening international awareness and understanding of the theatre and performance cultures of the Arab-Islamic world and of its diaspora. 14 contributions including essays, short plays and reviews.
Articles include
Essays
Science Fiction in the Arab World: Tawfiq al-Hakim’s Voyage to Tomorrow (Rihlatun ilal-ghad) by Rani Bhargav
Tawfiq al-Hakim and the Social Responsibility of the Artist by Majeed Mohammed Midhin
Junūn: Poetics in the Discourse of Protest and Love by Rafika Zahrouni
Ritual and Myth in Dalia Basiouny’s Magic of Borolos by Amal Aly Mazhar
Staging the Self: Autobiography in the Theatre of Sa’dallah Wannous by Ali Souleman
The Arab Theatre Festival by Jaouad Radouan
France’s Théâtre d’al-Assifa: An Arab-based Alternative Theatre Model by Magdi Youssef
A Dramatic Anticipation of the Arab Spring and a Dramatic Reflection Upon It by Eiman Tunsi
Rania Khalil’s Flag Piece by Dalia Basiouny and Marvin Carlson
Plays
Excerpts from Jihad Against Violence: Oh ISIS Up Yours! by Fawzia Afzal-Khan
Alternative Dramaturgy for Jihad Against Violence: Oh ISIS Up Yours! by Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Nesrin Alrefaai, Katherine Mezur
ReOrient Theatre Festival 2015:
Bitterenders by Hannah Khalil
Lost Kingdom by Hassan Abdulrazzak
Picking Up The Scent by Yussef El Guindi
The House by Tala Manassah and Mona Mansour
And more

ArteEast News November 2014

ArteEast News November 2014

 

Featured:

DAAR

An open call for a winter 2014 and Spring 2015 residency for architects, artists and cultural practitioners is offered by DAAR(Decolonising Architecture Art Residency), for those interested in exploring the intersection between space and politics in one of the world’s most conflict-charged areas, Palestine.  By joining the DAAR team, the participant will be invited to explore the concept of “exile”. Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV and cover letter, both in English, explaining their motivation in wishing to join DAAR residencies. Read more»
 
Deadline ASAP

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  • Open Engagement’s 2015 conference on “Place and Revolution” is welcoming submissions on proposals for projects, panels, presentations, and workshops that address issues around the notions of Place and Revolution for the free conference that will take place April 17-19, 2015.Read more» 
    Deadline: November 17
  • AlFilm's 6th edition will be taking place from April 8 to April 15, 2015. The official selection will be presenting a panorama of contemporary Arab film production including feature and documentary films, as well as short films, experimental films and video art. Submissions are open to narrative features, documentary films and short films which were directed by an Arab filmmaker, have been produced or co-produced in an Arab country or handle an issue that relates to the Arab world. Read more»
    Deadline: November 30
  • Diwan6, the sixth biennial convening of DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts is set for May 7-9, 2015, at the Arab American National Museum. Artists are encouraged to submit proposals for paper and panel presentations, workshops and interactive sessions. All artistic mediums are welcomed. Read more»
    Deadline: December 15

Rolling Application

Featured:

NYU Abu Dhabi – Art History Faculty Position

NYU Abu Dhabi seeks to appoint an innovative and accomplished professor of Art History with expertise in the art, architecture and visual cultures of Southeast Asia to complement existing faculty specializations at NYU Abu Dhabi and throughout NYU globally.  Read more»

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  • NAAS (Network of Arab Arthouse Screens) is looking for a Programs & Communications Coordinator working closely with the Executive Director to design and execute regional film programs, and develop communication strategies and platforms among the network and its key external constituencies. Read more»
  • The MET is seeking an Assistant/Associate Curator. This candidate is required to be a specialist in twentieth and twenty-first century art of the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey. S/he will be responsible for all curatorial duties, including: researching, studying, and publishing works in the collection in her/his area of expertise, recommending acquisitions, proposing future exhibitions and publications for the Metropolitan Museum and the Breuer project. Read more»
    Deadline: November 15, 6pm
  • The Armory Show has announced that London and Beirut-based artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan will be the commissioned artist for 2015. In this role for the fair, Hamdan will assist in establishing the fair's visual identity, take on an on-site project, and create a limited edition work to benefit New York's Museum of Modern Art. Read more»

 

Date: November 17 – 28

Featured:

Home Workspace Program presents Traction 2: Workshopping the Riwaq Biennial

The artistic director of the fifth Riwaq Biennial, Khalil Rabah, is one of the year's resident professor at Homes Workspace Program. The workshop, Traction 2, will begin with an introduction to the biennial program and the Riwaq agenda, and features extensive tours of sites that were pivotal to the Palestinian experience in and around Beirut. It will also address the promises and pitfalls of informal art education over recent decades. Finally, the workshop ends with a transregional investigation of the institutional memory of contemporary art since the 1990s. The first week of the workshop is open to the public – please note that some events have limited capacity and require registration. Read more»

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  • LUMA Foundation and Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS BARD) announce a major international symposium at Bard College to address the future of curatorial research.Given the extraordinary expansion of curatorial research and its surrounding debates the focus of this international conference, organized collaboratively by four of the world’s most prominent curatorial programs asks not “what is next” but rather the more urgent and durable question of “what futures?” This is a question asked with deliberate intention to carry forward the various critical projects framed within curatorial production of the last two decades. The question “What future?” becomes also “Whose futures?” and “Whose agency to frame possible futures?” Read more»
    Date: November 6 to 9
  • Goldsmiths, University of London, is seeking applicants for two PhD research programmes, a PhD in Art and in Curating. They develop Art and Curating PhDs through practice-based and non-practice-based routes. Offering an interdisciplinary environment for research in which ideas are tested and challenged and in which artists, curators and writers work alongside each other in an atmosphere of rigorous formal and conceptual experimentation. There are funding o
    pportunities that can be found in their Art Department Research Bursaries. Applicants from the EU are eligible to apply for the CHASE Scholarship Competition
    Read more»
    CHASE Deadline: November 15. Other applicants: January 15
  • Nuqat Kuwait, an arts organisation, is hosting their yearly conference that provides a platform of communication connecting and educating creatives within the Gulf and larger Middle Eastern region. Hosting around 70 speakers, from directors to designers and from social entrepreneurs to artists, Nuqat hosts an all-encompassing forum providing talks and workshops. There will be around 20 lectures including talks from Ahmed Mater and Gilles Gauthier, and 20 workshops on furniture and type design, arabic calligraphy, music improv and more. Read more»
    Date: November 13 to 18

Deadline: November 30

Featured:

ArteEast Fellowship for Art Omi Residency 

ArteEast is proud to announce that we have partnered with Omi International Arts Center on a Fellowship supporting one artist from the Middle East and North Africa to participate in the 2015 program at the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, NY. Artists from the MENA region are strongly encouraged to apply to participate in Art Omi’s 2015 prestigious residency program taking placing in Ghent, New York from June 18 – July 14, 2015. Read more»

Deadline: November 30

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  • The Getty Foundation is offering Getty Scholar Grants for established scholars, or writers who have attained distinction in their fields. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute, where they pursue their own projects free from academic obligations, make use of Getty collections, join their colleagues in a weekly meeting devoted to an annual theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty. Applications are welcome from researchers of all nationalities who are working in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Read more»
    Deadline: November  3
  • Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY have launched the second annual Alwan 3rd i Awards Competition and they are soliciting new, short films and/or video art (produced 2012 or later) by Arab/ Middle Eastern/ North African directors OR films about those regions and their diasporas by filmmakers of all backgrounds.
    Awards Categories are: $1000 for Best Narrative/Documentary Film, $1000 for Best Video Art Production, and $500 Alwan 3rd i Audience Award.
     Read more»
    Deadline: December 1

Featured:

Palestine Biennial to Go Ahead 

The second Qalandiya International is taking place this year and will be running until the fifteenth of November. They are hosting over 100 local and international artists exploring the theme “Archives Lived and Shared.”  Tina Sherwell, director of academic programs at International Academy of Art Palestine told the Art Newspaper “We aim to transcend the restrictions on movement, political stagnation, and the consequent impacts on our cultural life and practices. We aim to bring Palestine art and artists to the attention of the world." Read more»

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  • Starting November 4th, Darat al Funun- The Khalid Shoman Foundationwill be presenting an extensive survey of selected work from Emily Jacir’s oeuvre. The exhibition titled, A star is as far as the eye can see and as near as my eye is to me, will open on the 4th of November at E-Flux and include film and video works, audio works, interventions, installations and sculpture. Read more»

CIMAM's 2014 annual conference at Mathaf is taking place on the 9th to 11th of November. The conference is an important source and forum for cooperation and information exchange amongst art professionals. Bringing together museum professionals, visual arts works and artists within the modern and contemporary art field, it seeks to stimulate and foster dialogue and communication regarding modern day issues of museums . There will be three keynote speakers and ten case study presentations taking place that form the basis of a larger debate,“Museums in Progress: Public interest, private resources?”, amongst the conference’s 250 delegates expected to attend.  Read more»
Date: November 9 to 11
Syrian Filmmaking Collective Wins Social Justice Art Prize. The anonymous collective, Abounaddara, has won the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, given every two years to an artist or group whose work furthers social justice.
 Read more»

ArteEast Opportunities for Artists and Art Professionals Newsletter – Oct 2014


ArteEast Opportunities for Artists and Art Professionals Newsletter – Oct 2014

 

Deadline: Oct 15

Featured:

ArtsLink Awards 2015

CEC ArtsLink invites artists and arts managers in performing arts and literature from 37 eligible countries (including: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) to apply for structured residencies at U.S. arts organizations. The five-week residencies will take place in Fall 2015. For more details, see here.

More:

  • Center Stage has placed a call for nominations of performing arts ensembles in all disciplines (dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary) from Algeria, Egypt, Kenya and Tanzania for tours to the U.S. with Center Stage. Four to six individual month-long tours will take place during the period of June to December of 2016. For more details, seehere.
     Deadline: Oct 20
  • The Rauschenberg foundation, in partnership with Artsy, is hosting a competition for undergraduate and graduate students worldwide. Win the opportunity to mount a Rauschenberg exhibition at your campus. The competition intends to foster a new generation of curators by providing online access to digital resources and collections, as well as to explore new curatorial perspectives, scholarship, and dialogues on art. For more details, see here.
    Deadline: Oct 20
  • Apexart's Unsolicited Proposal Program is an opportunity for anyone, from anywhere, to submit a proposal for an idea-based exhibition at apexart. Three winning proposals will be presented at apexart in New York City as part of their 2015-16 season. Proposals are only accepted online for anonymous consideration by an international group of more than 100 individuals composed of artists, curators, writers, arts professionals, and individuals from other fields. For more details, see here.
    Deadline: Nov 1

Deadline: Oct 15

Featured:

Art Moves Africa: Re-launch of AMA Mobility Grants Program

AMA is thrilled to announce the re-launch of its mobility grants program. AMA remains committed to continue supporting mobility of African artists and cultural professionals living and working within the continent (including: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia and Western Sahara). For more details, seehere.

More:

  • SSRC's Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)offers 9-12 months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences (including Art History, architectural history, Classics, Drama/Theater, Film Studies, Performance Studies, and Literature) who are enrolled in PhD programs in the U.S. and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics regardless of citizenship. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. For more details, see here.
    Deadline: Nov 4
  • Darat Al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation is pleased to announce the open call for it’s 2015-16 dissertation fellowship for the study of Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World. The fellowship provides financial support of up to ten thousand US dollars to Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences. The duration can range from 4-10 months of residency at Darat al Funun in Amman, Jordan. For more details, see here.
    Deadline: Nov 15

Deadline: Oct 6

Featured:

Open School East

Applications are now open for London-based Open School East’s second year, starting January 2015. Open School East is a space for artistic learning that is free and structurally light, and which interacts socially with its surroundings. It is run according to principles of cooperation, experimentation and openness, and welcomes practitioners who engage with these notions in different ways. For more details, see here.

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  • Tamasi, a collective of 11 independent performing arts organisations with members based in Jordan, Egypt, Palestine (West Bank & Gaza) & Lebanon, is now accepting applications for a training program geared towards developing a core group of fundraisers for the MENA arts sector. Candidates based in the MENA region are especially encouraged to apply. The training will take place in Amman from November 17-19, 2014. For more details, see here.
    Deadline: Oct 15
  • The Lab at Amman-based Darat al Funun is an experimental space encouraging creative exploration by artists and curators from various disciplines. The Lab is now offering its space and is accepting proposals to work, produce, or curate innov
    ative art projects and/or organize a series of talks, workshops, or film screenings. This call is open to artists, filmmakers, designers, architects, performers, curators, and all creative minds. Application in English or Arabic. For more details, see here.
    Deadline: Nov 15
  • Ashkal Alwan is happy to announce the start of the fourth edition of its interdisciplinary arts study program in Beirut, running from October 6, 2014 – July 3, 201. Home Workspace Program 2014-2015 has the theme of Setups / Situations / Institutions and is led by Resident Professors:Kader AttiaJoana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige,Walid RaadKhalil RabahLina SanehGregory Sholette, andWhat, How, & for Whom(WHW). For more information, please seehere.

Featured:

Shangri La: Imagined Cities

As part of Los Angeles / Islam Arts Initiative (LA/IAI), this exhibition curated by Baghdad-born founder of SADA, Rijin Sahakian, provides a critical juxtaposition to Doris Duke’s Shangri La through the presentation of contemporary works that produce a multiplicity of worlds, interpretations, and investigations without ignoring the implications of organizing around particular geographic or religious lines. For more information, see here

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  • In collaboration with Qatar Museum and Qatar Foundation, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern art introduces its long-term project, Mathaf Encyclopedia of Modern Art and the Arab World (MEMAAW) to provide a major resource on Arab artists and their histories. The bilingual Encyclopedia is a free online scholarly comprehensive resource that will provide basic facts and in depth information on modern art of the Arab world. The Encyclopedia aims to standardize the data on Arab artists and to encourage multiple perspectives on modernism in the Arab world while providing a comprehensive view on its development. For more information, sees here.
  • Tangier-based artist Yto Barrada takes the esteemed 2015 Abraaj Group Art Prize. Yto Barrada’s newly commissioned work, produced for The Abraaj Group Art Prize, will be part of an exhibition at Art Dubai, March 18-21, 2015. The exhibition will also feature previous works by the three shortlisted artists—Sarnath BanerjeeSetareh Shahbazi and Mounira Al Solh, and Omar Kholeif, who has been selected as 2015 Guest Curator. The award affords the winner the opportunity of developing an ambitious project, which wouldn’t otherwise be possible. For more information, see here.
  • Khaled Mattawa, poet and translator, co-founder of the Arete Foundation of Arts and Culture in Libya, and Associate Professor at the Department of English Language and Literature, University of Michigan has been awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, also known as a "genius grant," for 2014. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. For more information, see here.

Deadline: Oct 15

Featured:

Open call for Art Facilitators and Art Assistants at the Jamjar

The jamjar is looking for enthusiastic art loving individuals to join their Projects Team. In their commitment to making art accessible to all thejamjar hosts several targeted art workshops throughout the year, at various art fairs and festivals. For more details, seehere.

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  • The Art History Program at VCUQatar seeks a full-time 9-month faculty member at the Assistant Professor level to teach undergraduate art history courses in support of the BA in Art History curriculum. The program seeks a specialist in Modern and Contemporary Art, within the context of a global discourse. Candidates whose teaching and research interests include modern and contemporary art of the Middle East along with candidates with experience in teaching museum studies, museum education and exhibition strategy are encouraged to apply. For more details, see here.

US Embassy Grant: Joint culture project with Saudi Kingdom

US Embassy Grant: Joint culture project with Saudi Kingdom

Web:  [No direct URL]  www.grants.gov —  locate Grant #  S-SAECI-13-GR-050-NEA-061813 

 Saudi-American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grants

Saudi-American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grants support innovative forms of collaboration between Saudi and U.S. non-governmental and community organizations, universities, entrepreneurs, cultural organizations and qualified individuals to expand the diversity of activities in theU.S.-Saudi partnership and develop the next generation of leaders, especially among youth, young professionals and women, to promote mutual understanding and respectthrough long-term partnership and cooperation between our two countries. 

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now accepting proposals from Saudi and U.S. non-governmental and community organizations, universities, entrepreneurs, cultural organizations or qualified individuals who propose to work together to develop or expand educational, professional and cultural exchange activities and promote dialogue and partnership between the people of the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

 

The Embassy is especially interested in identifying and supporting U.S-Saudi partnerships that include a focus on the development of exchanges, projects and partnerships between U.S. and Saudi youth or women; or that involve the development of professional linkages in business, healthcare or media, including social media; or that build on Saudi efforts to modernize and build acknowledge-based economy; or that expand Saudi-U.S. educational partnerships; or that are submitted by or involve alumni of exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. or Saudi governments. 

Projects may include, but are not limited to:

·      Academic and professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs; 

·      Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions; 

·      Cultural heritage conservation and preservation projects;

·      Cultural, professional and academic exchanges and projects;

·      Professional development workshops and training.  

Requests for funding provided by the U.S. Embassy should be at least $3000 and not more than $25,000; the most

competitive proposals will include significant funding from other sources as cost-share in the project budget.  

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis from qualified U.S. or Saudi individuals and organizations. Proposals must include a letter of support from the proposed U.S. or Saudi partner, whether a qualified individual or organization. The proposal or letter of support from the Saudi partner must confirm the ability and willingness of the Saudi partner to sponsor the visa(s) for the U.S. partner, if necessary, and to assume responsibility for all travel and logistics within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia is not able to assist with visas or travel arrangements funded through the grant. 

Proposals will be evaluated for funding by an Embassy committee on a monthly basis. The committee

will identify projects with outstanding artistic, cultural, and educational merits for funding. In deciding which projects to support, the committee will give consideration to the full range and diversity of American and Saudi

educational and cultural traditions and seek to target geographically and demographically diverse audiences.  Projects that involve direct, in-depth professional interaction, with the potential for sustained collaboration and that show evidence of professional accomplishment and innovation will receive priority.

 

The proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria: 

·       The proposal demonstrates that the Saudi and U.S. individuals and/or organizations have sufficient

expertise, skills and capacity to implement the project. 

·       The project will make a substantive contribution to the expanding types of partnerships between Saudi and U.S. individuals, organizations and institutions. 

·       The individuals and/or organizations demonstrate that they have a clear understanding of the topic or issue that the project is aiming to address. 

·     The individuals and/or organizations have identified appropriate beneficiaries or target groups to maximize project outputs and outcomes and the project has a clear focus and manageable scope. 

·   The project idea and approach is innovative yet proposed project activities are concrete and detailed and supported by a work plan. 

·      The project budget is well-organized, detailed and reasonable.  There are no budget lines labeled “miscellaneous expenses.”  The budget demonstrates that the individual or organization has devoted time to plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project instead of providing rough estimates. No grant funds are proposed for the purchase of food, drink, or entertainment.

·      The proposal clearly articulates how the partners will assess and measure performance throughout the project implementation phase using quantitative and
qualitative assessment tools. 

·     The proposal describes clearly the approach that will be used to ensure the sustainability of the project or partnership. 

 The following types of projects are not eligible for funding: 

• Requests by organizations and individuals who are neither Saudi nor American;

• those relating to partisan political activity;

• humanitarian or charitable activities;

• conferences and individual trips abroad;

• trade activities;

• fund-raising campaigns;

• commercial projects; 

• scientific research; 

• projects aiming only at primary institutional development of the organization; or

• projects that duplicate existing projects.

 How to Apply

Qualified Saudi and/or American organizations and individuals may submit proposals to the U.S. Embassy on a rolling basis. There is no deadline. Proposals are reviewed on a monthly basis. Proposals approved for funding will be processed and funded based upon the availability of funds. 

 

You will need to submit a completed application form, available through the U.S. Embassy Riyadh website at RiyadhGrants@state.gov. Proposal submissions must include an original signature on the last page.

Proposals will not be considered until all information is received. Proposals should be completed in English, or accompanied by an English translation. Supporting documents may be in Arabic. 

 

The proposals should be submitted via email to RiyadhGrants@state.gov and should include a written narrative in English, and follow these guidelines:

1.    Name of the organization, address, phone/fax number/e-mail address, name and title of director (or person who is to sign the grant) and other significant staff members, particularly those who will be involved in the project and budget specifics.

2.    Types and amounts of funding

your organization has received for the current project including other partners.  Also, please include also all previous grants from the U.S. Embassy and/or U.S.

government agencies. 

3.    Program Description/Executive Summary. What is the nature of the project? The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. The more specific, detailed, and clear the program description, the better. Please do not exceed one page. 

4.    Project Goals and Objectives.  This section specifies what the project is intended to create at its completion or its Goal. How will it further the collaborative relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia?  The Objectives refer to the intermediate accomplishments and should be able to be achievable and measurable. 

5.    Project Activities refers to activities the project will have that will accomplish the objectives. 

6.    Monitoring and evaluation.

This is an important part of successful grants. Throughout the time-frame  of the grant, how will the activities be monitored to ensure they are happening in a timely manner and how will the program be evaluated to make sure it is meeting the goals of the grant? 

7.   Project justification. This is a very important aspect of the proposal and applicants should pay particular attention to it. What are the unique merits of the project? What new or underrepresented aspect of the U.S-Saudi partnership is the focus? Why is it innovative? 

8.    Proposed dates and venues. Please include precise dates, times, and locations of planned program or events. 

9.   A detailed budget. In order to be sure that the Embassy understands why there is a need for money, the applicant should prepare a line-by-line list of expenses that will be generated by this project. The budget should be prepared in a logical manner and offer enough detail that a reviewer will be able to understand exactly what the figures mean and how they were determined.  Budgets must be calculated in Saudi Riyal (Saudi applicants) or U.S. dollars (U.S. applicants). Please note that the Fly America Act requires that anyone whose air travel is financed by U.S.

Government funds to utilize the economy class services of a U.S. flag carrier. Please be aware these grants do not include any funding for food or beverages; if you desire refreshments for any of your activities you may want to include them as your part of cost-sharing. 

For more help on filling out the proposal please see the detailed instructions for the

Saudi-American Education and Cultural Initiative Grants Program (SAECIG)

Proposal.

 

3. The Canary Islands declaration of Artistic and Cultural Mobility 

On 19th and 20th June 2014 six independent[1] cultural mobility funds from different parts of the world met in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands).

The idea of the meeting was initiated by the Roberto Cimetta Fund, in partnership with the Association of Cultural Managers of the Canary Islands. The Government of the Island of Tenerife and the Government of the Canary Islands backed the initiative as well as the Gulbenkian Foundation.

The international mobility actors present were the Safar Fund (Arab world), Art Moves Africa (Africa), CEC ArtsLink (USA), the Russian Theatre Union (Russia), Arts Network Asia (Asia) and the Roberto Cimetta Fund (Euro-Arab zone). All these organisations:

1)           Underline that artistic and cultural mobility is an integral part of cultural rights as stated in international treaties of human rights and should be considered a public responsibility.

2)           Assert that mobility contributes to artists’ and cultural operators’ freedom of expression and freedom of choice.

3)           Aim to provide travel grants for individual artists and cultural activists as a way of protecting the diversity of cultural and artistic expression.

4)          Affirm that facilitating face to face encounters is necessary to set up long term partnerships or alliances based on trust, reciprocity and fair exchange.

5)           Believe that supporting the mobility of artists and cultural operators serves the public interest and local development.

6)           Believe that artistic and cultural mobility provides creative learning opportunities that are crucial for the healthy growth of individuals and communities.

7)   Consider that in addition to long-distance mobility, local and regional mobility initiatives (intercity, regional, cross-border) contribute to enhancing a shared sense of humanity.

8) Seek to address global imbalances, be they artistic, geographic or directional, and the many obstacles to mobility by enabling connections between cultural practitioners and the wider community.

To advance this agenda the above-mentioned organisations have agreed to work as a coalition and advocate and encourage the dissemination of these principles.

[1] Independent mobility funds are re-granting organisations set up by cultural operators. These funds re-grant funding received from private foundations or public institutions to individual artists and cultural operators.

Fonds Roberto Cimetta

c/o ONDA, 13bis rue Henri Monnier

F – 75009 PARIS

Tél : 00 33 1 45 26 33 74

Fax : 00 33 1 48 74 16 03

E-mail : info@cimettafund.org

Skype : cimettafund

www.cimettafund.org

US Embassy Grant: Joint culture project with Saudi Kingdom

US Embassy Grant: Joint culture project with Saudi Kingdom

Web:  [No direct URL]  www.grants.gov —  locate Grant #  S-SAECI-13-GR-050-NEA-061813 

 Saudi-American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grants

Saudi-American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grants support innovative forms of collaboration between Saudi and U.S. non-governmental and community organizations, universities, entrepreneurs, cultural organizations and qualified individuals to expand the diversity of activities in theU.S.-Saudi partnership and develop the next generation of leaders, especially among youth, young professionals and women, to promote mutual understanding and respectthrough long-term partnership and cooperation between our two countries. 

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now accepting proposals from Saudi and U.S. non-governmental and community organizations, universities, entrepreneurs, cultural organizations or qualified individuals who propose to work together to develop or expand educational, professional and cultural exchange activities and promote dialogue and partnership between the people of the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

 

The Embassy is especially interested in identifying and supporting U.S-Saudi partnerships that include a focus on the development of exchanges, projects and partnerships between U.S. and Saudi youth or women; or that involve the development of professional linkages in business, healthcare or media, including social media; or that build on Saudi efforts to modernize and build acknowledge-based economy; or that expand Saudi-U.S. educational partnerships; or that are submitted by or involve alumni of exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. or Saudi governments. 

Projects may include, but are not limited to:

·      Academic and professional lectures, seminars and speaker programs; 

·      Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions; 

·      Cultural heritage conservation and preservation projects;

·      Cultural, professional and academic exchanges and projects;

·      Professional development workshops and training.  

Requests for funding provided by the U.S. Embassy should be at least $3000 and not more than $25,000; the most

competitive proposals will include significant funding from other sources as cost-share in the project budget.  

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis from qualified U.S. or Saudi individuals and organizations. Proposals must include a letter of support from the proposed U.S. or Saudi partner, whether a qualified individual or organization. The proposal or letter of support from the Saudi partner must confirm the ability and willingness of the Saudi partner to sponsor the visa(s) for the U.S. partner, if necessary, and to assume responsibility for all travel and logistics within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia is not able to assist with visas or travel arrangements funded through the grant. 

Proposals will be evaluated for funding by an Embassy committee on a monthly basis. The committee

will identify projects with outstanding artistic, cultural, and educational merits for funding. In deciding which projects to support, the committee will give consideration to the full range and diversity of American and Saudi

educational and cultural traditions and seek to target geographically and demographically diverse audiences.  Projects that involve direct, in-depth professional interaction, with the potential for sustained collaboration and that show evidence of professional accomplishment and innovation will receive priority.

 

The proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria: 

·       The proposal demonstrates that the Saudi and U.S. individuals and/or organizations have sufficient

expertise, skills and capacity to implement the project. 

·       The project will make a substantive contribution to the expanding types of partnerships between Saudi and U.S. individuals, organizations and institutions. 

·       The individuals and/or organizations demonstrate that they have a clear understanding of the topic or issue that the project is aiming to address. 

·     The individuals and/or organizations have identified appropriate beneficiaries or target groups to maximize project outputs and outcomes and the project has a clear focus and manageable scope. 

·   The project idea and approach is innovative yet proposed project activities are concrete and detailed and supported by a work plan. 

·      The project budget is well-organized, detailed and reasonable.  There are no budget lines labeled “miscellaneous expenses.”  The budget demonstrates that the individual or organization has devoted time to plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project instead of providing rough estimates. No grant funds are proposed for the purchase of food, drink, or entertainment.

·      The proposal clearly articulates how the partners will assess and measure performance throughout the project implementation phase using quantitative and
qualitative assessment tools. 

·     The proposal describes clearly the approach that will be used to ensure the sustainability of the project or partnership. 

 The following types of projects are not eligible for funding: 

• Requests by organizations and individuals who are neither Saudi nor American;

• those relating to partisan political activity;

• humanitarian or charitable activities;

• conferences and individual trips abroad;

• trade activities;

• fund-raising campaigns;

• commercial projects; 

• scientific research; 

• projects aiming only at primary institutional development of the organization; or

• projects that duplicate existing projects.

 How to Apply

Qualified Saudi and/or American organizations and individuals may submit proposals to the U.S. Embassy on a rolling basis. There is no deadline. Proposals are reviewed on a monthly basis. Proposals approved for funding will be processed and funded based upon the availability of funds. 

 

You will need to submit a completed application form, available through the U.S. Embassy Riyadh website at RiyadhGrants@state.gov. Proposal submissions must include an original signature on the last page.

Proposals will not be considered until all information is received. Proposals should be completed in English, or accompanied by an English translation. Supporting documents may be in Arabic. 

 

The proposals should be submitted via email to RiyadhGrants@state.gov and should include a written narrative in English, and follow these guidelines:

1.    Name of the organization, address, phone/fax number/e-mail address, name and title of director (or person who is to sign the grant) and other significant staff members, particularly those who will be involved in the project and budget specifics.

2.    Types and amounts of funding

your organization has received for the current project including other partners.  Also, please include also all previous grants from the U.S. Embassy and/or U.S.

government agencies. 

3.    Program Description/Executive Summary. What is the nature of the project? The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. The more specific, detailed, and clear the program description, the better. Please do not exceed one page. 

4.    Project Goals and Objectives.  This section specifies what the project is intended to create at its completion or its Goal. How will it further the collaborative relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia?  The Objectives refer to the intermediate accomplishments and should be able to be achievable and measurable. 

5.    Project Activities refers to activities the project will have that will accomplish the objectives. 

6.    Monitoring and evaluation.

This is an important part of successful grants. Throughout the time-frame  of the grant, how will the activities be monitored to ensure they are happening in a timely manner and how will the program be evaluated to make sure it is meeting the goals of the grant? 

7.   Project justification. This is a very important aspect of the proposal and applicants should pay particular attention to it. What are the unique merits of the project? What new or underrepresented aspect of the U.S-Saudi partnership is the focus? Why is it innovative? 

8.    Proposed dates and venues. Please include precise dates, times, and locations of planned program or events. 

9.   A detailed budget. In order to be sure that the Embassy understands why there is a need for money, the applicant should prepare a line-by-line list of expenses that will be generated by this project. The budget should be prepared in a logical manner and offer enough detail that a reviewer will be able to understand exactly what the figures mean and how they were determined.  Budgets must be calculated in Saudi Riyal (Saudi applicants) or U.S. dollars (U.S. applicants). Please note that the Fly America Act requires that anyone whose air travel is financed by U.S.

Government funds to utilize the economy class services of a U.S. flag carrier. Please be aware these grants do not include any funding for food or beverages; if you desire refreshments for any of your activities you may want to include them as your part of cost-sharing. 

For more help on filling out the proposal please see the detailed instructions for the

Saudi-American Education and Cultural Initiative Grants Program (SAECIG)

Proposal.

 

3. The Canary Islands declaration of Artistic and Cultural Mobility 

On 19th and 20th June 2014 six independent[1] cultural mobility funds from different parts of the world met in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands).

The idea of the meeting was initiated by the Roberto Cimetta Fund, in partnership with the Association of Cultural Managers of the Canary Islands. The Government of the Island of Tenerife and the Government of the Canary Islands backed the initiative as well as the Gulbenkian Foundation.

The international mobility actors present were the Safar Fund (Arab world), Art Moves Africa (Africa), CEC ArtsLink (USA), the Russian Theatre Union (Russia), Arts Network Asia (Asia) and the Roberto Cimetta Fund (Euro-Arab zone). All these organisations:

1)           Underline that artistic and cultural mobility is an integral part of cultural rights as stated in international treaties of human rights and should be considered a public responsibility.

2)           Assert that mobility contributes to artists’ and cultural operators’ freedom of expression and freedom of choice.

3)           Aim to provide travel grants for individual artists and cultural activists as a way of protecting the diversity of cultural and artistic expression.

4)          Affirm that facilitating face to face encounters is necessary to set up long term partnerships or alliances based on trust, reciprocity and fair exchange.

5)           Believe that supporting the mobility of artists and cultural operators serves the public interest and local development.

6)           Believe that artistic and cultural mobility provides creative learning opportunities that are crucial for the healthy growth of individuals and communities.

7)   Consider that in addition to long-distance mobility, local and regional mobility initiatives (intercity, regional, cross-border) contribute to enhancing a shared sense of humanity.

8) Seek to address global imbalances, be they artistic, geographic or directional, and the many obstacles to mobility by enabling connections between cultural practitioners and the wider community.

To advance this agenda the above-mentioned organisations have agreed to work as a coalition and advocate and encourage the dissemination of these principles.

[1] Independent mobility funds are re-granting organisations set up by cultural operators. These funds re-grant funding received from private foundations or public institutions to individual artists and cultural operators.

Fonds Roberto Cimetta

c/o ONDA, 13bis rue Henri Monnier

F – 75009 PARIS

Tél : 00 33 1 45 26 33 74

Fax : 00 33 1 48 74 16 03

E-mail : info@cimettafund.org

Skype : cimettafund

www.cimettafund.org

ArteEast: Opportunities for Artists June 2014-Middle East

ArteEast: Opportunities for Artists June 2014-Middle East

The Palestinian Museum

Deadline Ongoing

The Palestinian Museum team has begun working on the Museum’s opening exhibition, “Never-part”.  The exhibition explores Palestinian identity through the stories of ordinary people and personal objects they have kept with them throughout their lives. The museum hopes to discover how meaning is given to everyday material objects, and ultimately craft an alternative yet familiar narrative of 20th and 21st century Palestinian history through the remarkable stories it has collected.

For more information and to submit, please click here.

More:

  • The Abraaj Group Art Prize is now accepting applications for curators and artists from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia for their annual prize.
    For more information and to submit, please click here.
    Curators' Deadline June 22
    Artists' Deadline June 29
  • The Queens Museum Studio Program invites all artists to apply for a subsidized studio at the museum, available for one year, with a possible extensiion for a second year.
    For more information and to apply, please click here.
    Deadline July 7
  • Frieze Writer’s Prize, an annual international award to discover and promote new art critics is now open for entries. Aspiring art critics are invited to submit one unpublished review of a recent contemporary art exhibition.
    For more information and to submit, please click here.
    Deadline July 21

Deadline July 8

Featured:

Sundance Documentary Fund and Awards

Sundance Documentary Fund and Awards are a core component of theDocumentary Film Program (DFP). The Fund provides creative and financial support to cinematic, feature documentaries from independent filmmakers globally. The Sundance Documentary Fund provides grants to filmmakers worldwide and accepts submissions in three categories:Development,Production/Post-Production, and Audience Engagement.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

More:

  • With the support of the Getty Foundation, the Fundación Cisners/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and Qatar Museums,International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art(CiMAM) offers 20 grants to support the attendance of modern and contemporary curators and museum or collection directors to CiMAM’s 2014 Annual Conference.
    For more information and to apply, please click here.
    Deadline June 30
  • The Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) will begin accepting applications in their worldwide search for the next generation of contemporary Iranian visual artists.
    For more information and to apply, please click here.
    Deadline July 31
  • The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture is now accepting applications for its 2014 cinema open call as part of its 2014 general grants program. The call is open to Arab directors and producers living in the Arab region or its diaspora.
    For more information and to apply, please click here.
    Deadline August 1

Deadline June 27

Featured:

Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University invites applicants for a full-time, nontenure track position asAssistant Professor/Faculty Fellow to begin September 1st, 2014.

They are looking for an outstanding junior scholar in any social science or humanities discipline whose research offers a critical perspective on the contemporary Middle East and would complement the strengths of our existing faculty in Middle Eastern Studies. We are especially interested in receiving applications from women and minority candidates. 

For more information and to apply, please click here.

More:

  • Dia Art Foundation seeks a full-time Major Gifts Officer, a Part-TimeGallery Attendant, and a Full-Time Bookshop Attendant.  Based in New York City, Di
    a Art Foundations is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of extraordinary artists.
    For more information and to apply, please click here.
    Deadline June 30

  • The Beirut Art Center is currently looking to hire a Communications Manager whose responsibilities would include management of the center’s daily external communication and the organization of its affairs.
    For more information and to apply, please click here.
    Start Date July 2014
  • Mathaf is offering job opportunities for full-time employment based in Doha, Qatar for: Curator, Publication Coordinator, Head of Communications, Translator specializing in art history and criticism, and School Programs Specialist
    For more information, please click here.
    Deadline Ongoing

Dates July 16-Sept 28

Featured:

New Museum

New York’s New Museum will present Here and Elsewhere, a major exhibition of contemporary art from and about the Arab world. Here and Elsewhere is the first museum-wide exhibition in New York to bring together more than forty artists from over twelve countries in the Arab world, many of whom live and work internationally.

For more information, please click here.

More:

  • The Human Rights Watch Festival in New York is taking place this week at IFC and Film Society Lincoln Center and features eight films from the MENA region.
    For more information, please click here.
    Dates June 12 – June 22
  • Parle pour toi is a programme of videos and films curated by Maria Muracciole dedicated to the representation and circulation of speech. This section, titled Transitions, will feature a talk with artists at the gallery.
    For more information, please click here.
    Dates June 27-July 4
  • Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York will show The Middle East Revealed: A Female Perspective featuring work by Boushra Almutakwakel (Yemen), Shadi Ghadirian (Iran), Rania Matar (Lebanon), and Reem Al Faisal (Saudi Arabia).
    For more information, please click here.
    Dates June 26 – August 30

ArteEast: Opportunities for Artists: May 2014ArteEast: Opportunities for Artists: May 2014

ArteEast: Opportunities for Artists: May 2014

Featured:

Talents Beirut Call for Entries

Talents Beirut  is an initiative of the Metropolis Association in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Lebanon in collaboration with the Berlinale Talents and the FID Marseille festival.

Talents Beirut is a project that aims to support film talents from the Arab World, allowing them to reflect on their own works by connecting with other emerging and established talents, and by discovering new ways to approach the art of film making, whether from technical or theoretical point of views.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Deadline: May 23

More:

  • Autopoiesis invites submission of visual and textual material from people who are either from or living in/visiting the United Arab Emirates. The aim is for people to reflect on issues concerning their identities and cultures in relation to their daily lives in the UAE.
    For more information and to submit your work, click
    here.
    Deadline: May 17
  • In Fall 2014 the Goethe-Institut will host a six-week training on Cultural Management in Germany. The program aims at professionalizing Arab cultural workers, developing a sustainable pan-Arabian network between cultural institutions and promoting cooperation between Arab and German cultural institutions.
    For more information and to apply, click
    here.
    Deadline: May 17
  • Beirut Art Center is now accepting submissions for its annual group showExposure 2014 – Under Construction. The theme of the show is  in reference to the participating artists and the early stage at which they are building their practice. It also refers to Beirut, a city in a continuous process of transformation; its landscape is regularly destroyed, rebuilt, hence redrawn.
    For more information and to apply, click
    here.
    Deadline: June 19

 

Deadline June 9

Featured:

Open Call for Research Fellowship

Delfina Foundation is inviting applicants from India and the Arab world for the Research Fellowship 2014, which is in partnership with Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and Goldsmiths College’s Department of Visual Cultures and the PhD Program in Curatorial/Knowledge.

The Research Fellowship 2014 aims to provide an opportunity for intensive research in the field of visual culture by curators and researchers, and  priority will be given to ideas that can be reasonably developed during the three-month residency into a blueprint for a future project (e. g. publication, exhibition, etc.). 

For more information and to apply, click here.

More:

  • The Production Awards program seeks to assist young Arab creators of all disciplines under the age of 35. The program offers young artists grants of up to $6,000 to support creative projects in the fields of literature, music, theater and visual arts, and of up to $10,000 in the fields of film and video.
    For more information, click here
    .
    Deadline May 28
  • Culture Vultures invites designers, visual artists, installation artists, writers, musicians, performers, researchers or conceptual artists to apply for a one-month artist residency exploring the techniques, materials and personalities of the traditional crafts masters of Fez alongside a Fassi or Sefrouian artisan.
    For more information, click here
    .
    Deadline June 3
     
  • ArteEast and The Watermill Center invite artists of all discplines from or based in the Middle East and North Africa to apply for our 2015 Residency Program.
    For more information, click here
    .
    Deadline June 11

Deadline: May 31

Featured:

Contemporary Image Collective (CIC) seeks an Artistic Director

CIC is seeking a highly motivated individual to take on the role ofArtistic Director. The Artistic Director will work closely with the Managing Director to further the depth and breadth of CIC’s mission.

The Artistic Director should have a demonstrable knowledge of contemporary visual art practices and discourse, as well as a strong interest in researching and engaging the expanded field of the image, its languages and modes of production and circulation.

For more information and to apply, click here.

More:

  • ArteEast is looking for a short-term volunteer to help edit video footage and lend their graphic design skills to a current project. 10-15 hours max, can work remotely. 
    For more information, email
    nalireza@arteeast.org
    Deadline: May 16
  • artellewa is looking for an experienced Managing Director for a two-year contract for the overall management of artellewa art space. 
    For more information and to apply, click here
    .
    Deadline: May 20
  • Ashkal Alwan is seeking a Senior Cultural Manager to work closely with the Director and the team in carrying out programming and administrative duties. 
    For more information and to apply, click
    here.
    Deadline: May 30

 

Dates: May 9
– 12

Featured:

Frieze New York 

This year marks the third iteration of Frieze New York, an art fair that takes place annualy on Randall's Island. In addititon to featuring over 190 of the world's leading contemporary galleries, there are also new artists' commisions (Frieze Projects) and Frieze Talks.

Galleries include : CRG Gallery, galerie kamel mennour, Sfeir-Semler, and The Third Line.

For more information, click here.

More:

  • Leila Heller Gallery returns uptown with a 16,000-square-foot, six-floor space in Midtown Manhattan that she will operate in addition to the Chelsea location. 
    For more information, click here
    .
  • The Mosaic Rooms and aria (artist residency in algiers), are pleased to present Intervening Space: From The Intimate To The World.  This exhibition, curated by Yasmina Reggad for aria, is the first London group show of six contemporary Algerian artists, featuring newly-commissioned and reimagined works.
    For more information, click
    here.
    Dates: May 16 – June 28
  • Recognizing the Invisible Monument a talk with Fadi Shayya and Fouad Asfour is an informal discussion about public space, urbanism and the politics of memorialization, that will take place at 98 Weeks in Beirut.
    For more information, click
    here.
    Date: May 21

Press release – Guide to Mobility Funding Opportunities for Artists and Culture Professionals – Focus on 13 Arab Countries

Press release – Guide to Mobility Funding Opportunities for Artists and Culture Professionals – Focus on 13 Arab Countries

April 23, 2014 – On the Move, the Arab Education Forum and Korea Arts Management Service launch the online Guide to Funding Opportunities for theInternational Mobility of Artists and CultureProfessionals – Focus on 13 Arab Countries, a key tool for cultural mobility from, to and within the Middle East and North Africa!

The guide, which is the first of its kind ever published for this region, gathers together regular funding opportunities that are accessible online and that areopen to artists and culture professionals in most artistic and cultural fields. Such opportunities also cover travel costs, either partially or completely. The guide focuses on resources that are needed to ensure the mobility to and from Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen as well as the mobility in the region.

Listing national, regional and international funding sources, the guide is also a useful tool for foreignnationals who live in the region or those who areinterested in the Arab / MENA region. In addition, itcan provide inputs for funders and policy makers who arewilling to make up for what lacks in funding international cultural exchange.

This guide builds on research conducted by the Arab Education Forum in 2008 mapping mobility operators in the Arab world, and will constitute one of the tools to advocate for greater opportunities and resources to support the mobility of artists and social entrepreneurs” says Serene Huleileh from Arab Education Forum.

“Although South Korea is geographically close to the Arab countries, its artistic networking with them has not yet systematically developed, contrary to that with European countries. Under these circumstances, this guide came to be published to meet the Arab countries’ needs; its specific goal is to boost the mobility of local artists by providing them with information on funds, programs and institutions that support international exchange between South Korea and the Arab countries” says Jae-wal JUNG, President of Korea Arts Management Service.

“On the Move is convinced that making relevant information on mobility opportunities available for free is crucial to help artists and culture professionals who arewilling to internationalise their careers. This guide, which is the result of the fruitful collaboration with our member Arab Education Forum and Korea Arts Management Service, goes just in this direction” says Maria Tuerlings, President of the Board of Administration of On the Move.

The Guide to Funding Opportunities for theInternational Mobility of Artists and CultureProfessionals – Focus on 13 Arab Countries is supported by Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS). The research was coordinated by the Arab Education Forum in cooperation with the Jordanian Hashemite Fundfor Human Development and the Queed Zein Al- Sharaf Institute for Development.

Free download from On the Move’s website:

http://on-the-move.org/news/article/16189/guide-to-mobility-funding-opportunities-focused/

The guide is modelled on two previous publications co-authored by On the Move:

– Guide to Funding Opportunities for the InternationalMobility of Artists and Culture Professionals in Europe (in partnership with the Interarts Foundation)

– Mobility Funding Guide – Funding Opportunities for International Cultural Exchange in Asia, initiated and funded by the Asia-Europe Foundation and its online cultural portal http://www.culture360.org

ArtEast: Spring 2014 Quarterly

ArtEast: Spring 2014 Quarterly

Spring 2014, ArteZineArt after the Remnants
Guest editor: Hrayr Eulmessekian

Armenians have had a unique and complex relationship with the Arab world, and Lebanon in particular, ever since the first waves of refugees wandered over during the Aghed, or “Catastrophe,” of 1895–1923.  Drawn by Lebanon’s more liberal outlook and a confessional system of government that offered minority communities a political voice, many of the political and cultural leaders from the very short-lived first republic of Armenia settled there.

Though meaningful dialogue between the two cultures was (and remains) sporadic and haphazard at best, Lebanese Armenians revived their political aspirations for an Armenian state as well as their arts and culture. The outbreak of the Lebanese civil war of 1975 brought these promising Armenian cultural advances to an abrupt halt. In this issue of ArteZine, four contributing artists deploy their personal narratives and artistic practices to explore this community’s identity formation within a context of living through the civil war, its ravages, and its visible and invisible traumas.

For this issue of ArteZine, click here.

Spring 2014, Gallery: Mapping Arab Art through the Sultan Gallery
Guest curator: Kristine Khouri

Kuwait City’s Sultan Gallery was initiated in 1969 by brother and sister duo Ghazi and Najat Sultan. With a mission to promote and exhibit “modern young Arab artists,” the gallery was the first of its kind in the Gulf and at the center of a network of galleries that emerged in the Arab world in the 1970s.

On a research residency supported by ArteEast in 2011, Kristine Khouri spent time in the Sultan Gallery’s archives and performed interviews with individual stakeholders in the gallery, including visitors, buyers, or friends. The residency concluded with an exhibition titled The Founding Years: 1959–1973, presenting artwork and documents from the first five years of the gallery’s exhibitions. This issue of Gallery presents archival materials from Khouri’s residency at the Sultan Gallery and the accompanying essay explores the origins of the gallery alongside the early development of a regionalized art scene in the 1970s, which included not only galleries and artists, but also artist unions and ministries of culture and extended from Baghdad to Beirut, Kuwait to Casablanca.

For this issue of Gallery, click here.

2015 ArteEast-Watermill Center Residency Deadline: June 11, 2014

2015 ArteEast-Watermill Center Residency Deadline: June 11, 2014

Support ArteEast

Since 2011, ArteEast has been proud to partner with The Watermill Centerto support annual residencies for artists from the Middle East and North Africa. 

We invite artists of all disciplines to take up residence at The Watermill Center in 2015, and create collaborative works that critically investigate, challenge, and extend the existing norms of performance practice. These residencies are aimed at supporting the development of new work or further development of works-in-progress.  

Artists will be selected by The Watermill Center Selection Committee as well as by members of the ArteEast staff. Travel expenses for the receipients of the residency will be fully covered by ArteEast.

Past Artists-in-Residence have included performance and theater artists, filmmakers, sound designers, puppeteers, architects, composers and musicians, visual artists, dramaturgs, scholars, and authors. Recent recipients of the ArteEast-Watermill Residency Include:

2011:  Abbas Akhavan (Iran)
2013:  Dictaphone Group (Lebanon)
          Ibrahim Queraishi (Yemen/Pakistan)
2014:  Mohammed Kazem (United Arab Emirates, forthcoming in May 2014)

For more information, guidelines, and to apply through Slideroom, click here.

* Eligible artists for the ArteEast-Watermill Center Residency must be citizens and/or residents of the following countries:

Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

 About The Watermill Center:

The Watermill Center is an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities completed in 2006 on the Long Island, NY site of a former Western Union communication research facility. Founded by theatre and visual artist Robert Wilson as a place for young and emerging artists to work, learn, create, and grow with each other, Watermill integrates performing arts practice with resources from the humanities, research from the sciences, and inspiration from the visual arts. Watermill is unique within the global landscape of experimental theatrical performance, and regularly convenes the brightest minds from all disciplines to do, in Wilson’s words, "what no one else is doing." For more information on the Watermill Center, click here.

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