Along with announcements of our year-round open calls and grants, which support emerging and established artists working in contemporary art, Sharjah Art Foundation has compiled a list of reputable local, regional and international open calls, educational opportunities, grants and residencies in other institutions. In keeping with the Foundation’s commitment to supporting the art community, this reference tool is updated on a regular basis.

Anhar: Culture and Climate Platform
Art Jameel, Jeddah, and the British Council, London
Deadline: 15 January 2024

Anhar: Culture and Climate Platform is a new programme supporting ambitious arts projects that engage with the climate emergency. The open call invites applications from individual artists, collectives and cultural organisations based in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The programme supports practitioners in the Arab world through awarded grants, building on findings and key priorities that emerged through the Culture and Climate Summit organised by Art Jameel and the British Council in March 2023.


Research and Practice Platform
Art Jameel, Dubai, and Dubai Culture
Deadline: 15 January 2024

Aligned with the UAE’s Year of Sustainability and COP28, which took place in Dubai, Art Jameel and Dubai Culture introduce the second iteration of the Research and Practice Platform. This edition invites individual UAE-based artists and creative practitioners as well as small-scale collectives to submit proposals that meaningfully engage with the climate emergency. The programme awards grants of AED 3,600 (USD 1,000) to AED 22,000 (USD 6,000).


Curatorial Research Fellowship for Curators of African Descent Based Anywhere in the World
Independent Curators International, New York
Deadline: 15 January 2024

This Curatorial Research Fellowship is specifically intended to support curators of African descent in developing their curatorial practice. It will encourage independent research study, writing and/or the development of a curatorial project. Fellows may be based anywhere in the world, and they will receive regular virtual mentorship sessions. Each fellow will receive an award of USD 10,000.

As part of the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative in honour of the late Okwui Enwezor, this fellowship is available exclusively to curators of African descent based anywhere in the world. Open to curators working independently or with institutional affiliations. Minimum 5 years of experience working with contemporary artists.


Open Call: Art Residency Programme 2024
Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi
Deadline: 15 January 2024

The six-month programme provides a platform for professional artists, designers, architects, writers, performers, researchers, filmmakers and other cultural practitioners to advance their skills and practice through dedicated studio spaces and resources. The residency programme enables participants to produce and exhibit works within the Cultural Foundation, thereby providing unparalleled visibility and endorsement.


The Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award 2024
New York University Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation
Deadline: 31 January 2024

Under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, The Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award 2024 is given for the proposal and creation of an artwork that can be publicly exhibited and enjoyed. Applicants are invited to propose work in any form: photography, film, land art, sculpture, painting, illustration, multi-media. Work can be shown inside or outside.


K11 Artist Prize: Open Call 2024 for Applications from Asian Artists
K11 Art Foundation International Council, Central Hong Kong
Deadline: 7 February 2024

The K11 Artist Prize aims to provide emerging Asian artists with a significant platform for recognition and advancement on the international art scene. The Prize presents a unique opportunity for the selected artist to participate in an exhibition organized by the K11 Art Foundation.

Applications from Asian or ethnic Asian artists of all ages and art practices are welcome, with no restriction on the current place of residence or work. Applicants must have been active in the art industry within the past five to ten years.


The information shared here has been sourced from the online platforms of the listed institutions.