In addition to Sharjah Art Foundation’s year-round open calls and grants, which support emerging and established artists working in contemporary art, below is a compiled list of reputable local, regional and international open calls, opportunities and residences for artists and art practitioners. Part of the Foundation’s commitment to supporting the community, this list is a reference tool that will be updated on a regular basis and includes grants, exhibitions and educational opportunities.

Opportunities for artists, curators, musicians, filmmakers, writers and academics

Open Call: Misk Art Grant

Deadline: 7 April 2021

Misk Art Institute


Misk Art Grant is an annual, pioneering initiative launched by Misk Art Institute in 2020 to support and promote emerging and mid-career artists and designers by offering them the opportunity to realize their dream projects. The Grant’s 2021 edition widens its geographic borders to include artists and designers from the Middle East and North Africa alongside Saudi nationals. Applicants are invited to submit proposals as groups or individual artists practicing visual art, painting, sculpture, photography, or multidisciplinary art.

Additionally, the Institute has doubled the Grant funds to 1,000,000 Saudi Riyals (USD 266,632). The chosen theme for the Grant’s second edition is under construction.

Apply here: https://miskartinstitute.org/initiatives/misk-art-grant

Open Call: Darat Al Funun Summer Academy 2021

Deadline: 15 April 2021

Darat Al Funun


Darat al Funun welcomes your application to join its upcoming Summer Academy program, taking place from 1 June to 30 July 2021.The academy offers participants the space to develop their art practice within a critical setting that encourages experimentation, knowledge-sharing, and communal learning. Taking place as part of the Postcolonial Ecologies exhibition project, this year’s program will be curated around a set of fundamental questions concerning ecological crisis, systems of value, and life futures, in light of which the participants will explore new conceptual and aesthetic strategies that entangle both artistic and ecological practices.

Apply here: https://daratalfunun.org/?event=summer-academy-2021

Open Call: Jordan Film Fund

Deadline: 20 April 2021

Royal Film Commission


The Royal Film Commission – Jordan supports the activities and programs that develop the potential of the independent local film industry, as well as its economic viability and continuity. To that end, the Jordan Film Fund (JFF) has been established to enable filmmakers to tell their stories, especially in Jordan.

With a budget of JOD 250,000 (two hundred and fifty thousand Jordanian Dinars) this year 2021, the JFF will support feature-length narrative and documentary projects (60 minutes and above) at their development, production and post-production phases; short (5 to 25 minutes) narrative or documentary, including animation, at production phase; TV series at the development phase.

To apply: http://www.film.jo/Contents/Jordan-Film-Fund.aspx

Open call: Visual Arts Grant

Deadline: 30 April 2021

Arab Fund for Arts and Culture


The Visual Arts grant supports painting, sculpting, photography, installations, audio-video arts, publications (artist book or other publications) and multi-media works of a contemporary and innovative nature. The grant can support exhibitions, visual arts book publications as well as art production. The program provides annual grants ranging from a few thousand U.S. dollars up to a maximum of 20,000 U.S. dollars for individuals and teams and 35,000 U.S dollars for institutions and collectives.

To apply, visit: https://www.arabculturefund.org/Programs/22

Open call: Creative and Critical Writings

Deadline: 30 April 2021

Arab Fund for Arts and Culture


The Creative and Critical Writings grant provides support to critical writings on the arts and culture, theatrical writings, children and youth literature (including both the adaptation of classical Arabic and international literature as well as original stories), graphic novel, short story, poetry, in addition to online publishing platform. The final product should be in Arabic language.

Launched in 2018, Creative and Critical Writings is a new grants program that builds on AFAC previous support for literature through the Literature Grant (2007-2013) and the AFAC Novel Writing Program (2014-2016), but which expands into areas that are in need of support.

To apply, visit: https://www.arabculturefund.org/Programs/14

Open Call: Arab Documentary Photography Programme

Deadline: 30 April 2021

Arab Fund for Arts and Culture


The Arab Fund for Art and Culture and the Prince Claus Fund in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in partnership with the Magnum Foundation in New York, USA, launched the Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) in 2014. The ADPP is a program jointly funded by AFAC and PCF (in the framework of the Fund's Mentorship Awards), targeting creative documentary photographers in the Arab region. A jurors’ committee comprised of Arab and international experts will select up to 12 grantees to receive financial and professional support to complete their proposed photography projects.

To apply, visit: https://www.arabculturefund.org/Programs/17

Call for Applications: Fund the Arts in Beirut

Deadline: 1 May 2021



Over the previous months, and as an attempt to address the extraordinary circumstances arts communities are facing, Mophradat has launched several open calls for projects specifically in Beirut. In our conversations with practitioners in the city, several desires continue to resurface: activating dialogue amongst the art community in balanced and amicable ways, restructuring resources towards broader equality in accessing opportunities, and investigating the possibilities at the intersections of art and activism, as well as a need to bring resources and visibility to new actors and ideas as the city’s demographics drastically change. With the intention of forwarding experimental ideas and actions, we are launching this open call to support projects that try to achieve these goals in practical, imaginative, and speculative ways.

To learn more and apply, visit: https://mophradat.org/open-calls/fund-the-arts-in-beirut/

Open Call: Performing Arts Grant

Deadline: 14 May 2021

Arab Fund for Arts and Culture


The Performing Arts grant is open to classical, folk, and experimental theatre for all age groups including children and youth; dance performances, including but not restricted to contemporary dance; public intervention performances, street art, live art, interactive and site-specific format, documentary theatre, and festivals. It also supports playwriting, acting, directing, dancing, and choreography workshops.

To apply, visit: https://www.arabculturefund.org/Programs/23

Open Call: AFAC Documentary Program

Deadline: 14 May 2021

Arab Fund for Arts and Culture


The AFAC Documentary Program supports creative documentary films in the Arab region. The program welcomes submissions of short and medium-length documentary in production and post-production, and feature documentary film projects that are in development, production or post-production phases.

The program provides annual grants ranging from a few thousand U.S. dollars up to a maximum of ten thousand U.S. dollars for Development grants, up to fifty thousand U.S. dollars for Production and a maximum of twenty-five thousand U.S. dollars for Post-production grants.

To apply, visit: https://www.arabculturefund.org/Programs/7

Call for Applications: Prince Claus Seed Awards

Deadline: 11 May 2021

Prince Claus


Building on 25 years of experience supporting, honouring and connecting artists and cultural practitioners in the fields of culture and development, the Prince Claus Fund is excited to issue an open call for the Prince Claus Seed Awards.

The Prince Claus Fund will annually recognize 100 emerging artists and cultural practitioners within the first five years of their careers. With the Prince Claus Seed Awards, we aim to contribute to flourishing arts scenes globally, where emerging artists can develop their practice on their own terms.

To apply: https://princeclausfund.org/open-call-seed-awards

Open Call: Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant

Deadline: 19 May 2021

The Andy Warhol Foundation

New York

The Arts Writers Grant supports both emerging and established writers who are writing about contemporary visual art. Ranging from USD$15,000 to USD$50,000 in three categories—articles, books and short-form writing, these grants support projects addressing both general and specialised art audiences, from short reviews for magazines and newspapers to in-depth scholarly studies. The grant supports art writing that engages criticism through interdisciplinary methods or experiments with literary styles.

Call for Submissions: Toronto International Film Festival

Deadline: 28 May 2021

Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival ranks among the most prestigious international film festivals in the world. For 10 days, film lovers, filmmakers, industry professionals, and media watch the best in new cinema from established masters and new talent.

Submit your film here: https://filmfreeway.com/TIFF

Call for Submissions: 17th Zurich Film Festival

Deadline: 30 June 2021

Zurich Film Festival

The 17th ZFF will take place from September 23 to October 3, 2021. ZFF is looking for cinematic discoveries from all over the world.

Submit your film here: https://filmfreeway.com/ZurichFilmFestival

Open Call: Research Fellowship Programme

Deadline: 15 July 2021

The Africa Institute

The Africa Institute Research Fellowships Program provides the opportunity for both junior and senior scholars of African and African diaspora studies to focus on a research project and participate in ongoing scholarly and intellectual activities during their term at the Institute. The inaugural cohort includes two senior fellows and two postdoctoral fellows, and will offer fellows the opportunity to interact with scholars and academics in their area of research with the aim of enriching their scholarly experiences and future projects.

Call for Submissions: Aarhus Arab Film Festival

Deadline: 29 September 2021

Aarhus Arab Film Festival
Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus Arab film festival’s goal is to show the vast diversity of the Arab world by providing an insight into Arabic films, cultures and thoughts through the organization of an internationally-oriented film festival aimed at a Danish audience, with the best of the Arab film world. We saw with Syrian Film Days that there is a large audience for Syrian movies and are sure that this also applies to Arabic movies in general.

‏The selected films will show that there is room for independent, innovative and provocative thoughts in the Arab world, and will provide an insight into a varied and rich culture through the decline of film art from a part of the world that we are very much in touch with , but know too little about.

Call for Applications: Cultural Emergency Response Fund

Deadline: N/A

Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development


The Prince Claus Fund provides quick help to evacuate, stabilise or rescue cultural heritage that is under imminent threat of destruction or that has been damaged by man-made or natural disasters through the Cultural Emergency Response programme (CER). They often work in collaboration with other international heritage conservation organisations, such as UNESCO, ICCROM, the Smithsonian Institution, Gerda Henkel Stiftung, and the Whiting Foundation.


All the information shared here has been sourced from the aforementioned institutions’ online platforms.