In addition to our 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 residencies for artists and art practitioners. In keeping with Sharjah Art Foundation’s commitment to supporting the community, this reference tool, updated on a regular basis, includes grants, exhibitions and educational opportunities.

Brooks International Fellowship Programme 2024
Delfina Foundation and Tate, London
Deadline: 12 October 2023

Delfina Foundation and Tate jointly invite applications from candidates based globally for the Brooks International Fellowship Programme 2024.

Three Brooks International Fellows will be hosted in 2024. One will be in Tate Collection Management, one in Tate Visitor Communications and one in Tate Modern Curatorial.

As part of a team at Tate, the fellows actively participate in gallery projects and discussions, with special access to Tate’s programme, collection, staff and wider networks. During the fellowship, the fellows will reside at Delfina Foundation and participate in and contribute to its programme.


Production Awards
Culture Resource, Beirut
Deadline: 13 October 2023

The programme supports artists and writers from the Arab region, below the age of 35, by offering grants to enable them to produce their first creative projects. Grants of up to 8,500 EUR are available for projects in literature, music, performing arts and visual arts and of up to 13,000 EUR for projects in cinema and video. Every year, 25 projects are selected for the grants, five in each artistic category.


Art Jameel Curatorial Open Call
Art Jameel, Dubai and Jeddah
Deadline: 15 October 2023

Art Jameel launches a Curatorial Open Call for exhibition proposals, to be developed for Hayy Arts’s first floor gallery at Hayy Jameel in Jeddah for May 2024.

Art Jameel is interested in projects that engage with themes pertaining to the Red Sea – its connected geographies, histories, ecologies and the movement of people and ideas.

The awarded curator will work alongside the Art Jameel team who will provide guidance on the exhibition’s development, exhibition production and design, logistics and installation.


Jameel Prize 7 Open Call
Art Jameel, Dubai and Jeddah
Deadline: 15 October 2023

Organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in partnership with Art Jameel, the vision of the Jameel Prize is to recognise the influence of Islamic tradition on contemporary culture and celebrate contemporary practitioners inspired by Islamic design and visual culture.

The next edition of the Jameel Prize is now accepting applicants. The seventh Jameel Prize is dedicated to moving image and new media work, inviting applications from contemporary artists and designers working with film, video and installation as well as with evolving and emerging technologies—including digital art, animation, virtual reality, projection mapping, 3D printing and the internet.


International Photography & Film Awards
Xposure, Sharjah
Deadline: 30 October 2023

The International Photography & Film Awards offer a prize pool value of over 50,000 USD across multiple genres. All photographers and filmmakers over the age of 18 are eligible to enter. The panel of judges are looking to award an Overall Winner from the photography categories and a winner and runner-up from each category, including moving images and short films.


The Bagri Foundation Grant
The Bagri Foundation, London
Deadline: 15 November 2023

The Bagri Foundation provides support, in the form of grants, ranging from 5,000 GBP to 150,000 GBP, towards artistic and educational projects. Financial support can be requested by non-for-profit arts organisations actively working in the areas listed below.

● Promotion of arts and culture of all Asia and the diasporas.
● Supporting established and mid-career level artists.
● Partnerships that explore global topics in creative ways.
● Courses, lectures, research projects, exhibitions and symposiums that cover a wide range of topics from Asia.
● London is our prime city for showcasing talent. International projects and those in other parts of the UK are considered occasionally.


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