Sharjah Art Foundation is inviting submissions for the fourth edition of the Publishing Grant, furthering the Foundation’s commitment to advance and support the practice of independent publishing.

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.

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

Studio & Research Residency Program 2023–2024

Amant, New York
Deadline: 15 November 2022

Following their aim of slowing down the art-making process, Amant provide artists with space, resources and guidance to support long-term research projects and archival work. The Studio & Research Residency Program awards artists from around the world with research-oriented residencies on its campus in Brooklyn, New York. The program welcomes experimental practices in visual arts, cultural theory, performance, filmmaking and writing.

The Studio & Research Residency Program places a special emphasis on thinking alongside narratives that have not been validated, interpreted or recorded by art history and history, fostering an active dialogue with local organizations and communities, art professionals and cultural producers at large.

Each residency period has a duration of three months, with four residents at a time. There is an autumn residency and a spring residency.


Brooks International Fellowship Programme 2023

Tate Modern, London
Deadline: 16 November 2022

Tate, in collaboration with Delfina Foundation, invites applications for the Brooks International Fellowship Programme 2023.

The six-month fellowship opportunity will be hosted in Tate's Digital and Innovation Department. The Brooks Fellow will conduct research into one of three priority research areas for digital practice at Tate:

Option 1 - User research: An end-to-end understanding of audiences who engage with Tate digitally
Option 2 - User research: Assessing Tate's approach to understanding and supporting digital audiences
Option 3 - User research: Digital learning

The Brooks Fellows will be part of a Tate team, actively participating in gallery projects and discussions, with special access to Tate’s programme, collection, staff and wider networks.

The Fellows will reside at Delfina Foundation, where they will contribute to its own programme by presenting on their research or practice to a range of audiences and participating in its public programmes.


First Chapter: ELF Seddiqi Writers’ Fellowship

Seddiqi Holding, Dubai
Deadline: 25 November 2022

First Chapter, the ELF Seddiqi Writers’ Fellowship, is a year-long programme, and accepted writers will take part in:

• Six 60-minute one-to-one mentorship sessions (at a mutually agreed time and date)
• 40 hours of talks and workshops (these will take place monthly on Saturdays in person, and occasionally online)

First Chapter is aimed towards serious writers who are on their way to publishing a novel (adult fiction, YA or Middle Grade), but want to elevate their work to a global standard. However, if you are just beginning your writing journey, and think you have exceptional potential, you are encouraged to apply too.

Applications are open to anyone who calls the United Arab Emirates home.

There will be 10 successful applicants for the 2023 intake, which will be a mix of Arabic and English writers. However, all applicants will need a high level of understanding of English.


Call for Entries: Tanween 2023

Tashkeel, Dubai
Deadline: 27 November 2022

Tashkeel announces the call for entries for the 10th edition of the Tanween design programme. Each year, practitioners are selected to embark on a journey of experimentation and learning that includes the development of products, from concept to completion, that contribute towards defining a UAE design aesthetic. The final products become part of the Tanween Collection and are revealed to the world at Dubai Design Week. Tashkeel then continues its support by providing funding, marketing and sales resources for a limited-edition product line, enabling each designer to gain entry into the market.

The call is open to all designers, artists, engineers and scientists living and working in the UAE who:

• Are over the age of 21 as of March 2022.
• Work in any design discipline.
• Currently reside in the UAE.


Film Submission

Deadline: 1 December 2022

Call for entries for 35 FILMFEST DRESDEN 2023 is now open.

FILMFEST DRESDEN is one of the best endowed short film festivals in Europe and sees itself as a podium to present the potential and diversity of current international short film production to interested audiences and the industry. The films in the competitions are awarded by various juries, which are newly appointed by the festival every year.

Eligible for submission are short films up to 30 minutes running time (including credits). FILMFEST DRESDEN is not a premiere festival; therefore, a film premiere is not necessary. For the National and International Competition, only short fiction and animation films (including hybrid forms such as AnimaDoc, experimental or documentary fiction) produced after 31 December 2020 will be considered. For the International Competition, all production countries except Germany; German co-productions are accepted.


IDFA Bertha Fund

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
Deadline: 10 December 2022

Applications to the IDFA Bertha Fund can be made in a variety of funding categories. In all categories, the fund is looking for films that use strong visual treatments to tell compelling stories and have the potential to reach a global audience.

The funds offer development and production support to filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Oceania.

IBF Classic – Project Development

This grant is meant to support directors in their research, writing and/or with the production of visual material for the project presentation. The maximum contribution for project development is 7,500 Euros.

IBF Classic – Production and Post-production

Financial support for production and post-production allows filmmakers to actually realise their projects. The maximum contribution for production and post-production is 25,000 Euros.


Open Call for Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators

Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi
Deadline: 15 December 2022

If you love spinning tales for children, apply to the open call for children’s books writers and illustrators that celebrates and promotes those that spark the imagination of children through their stories. The best three entries will be awarded cash prizes.


Homebound Residency: Digital Communities 2023

Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi
Deadline: 7 January 2023

Warehouse421’s Homebound residency programme aims to support creative practitioners in the region in producing new work and exploring community engagement in their practices while working remotely. The six-month online programme will offer residents curatorial support as well as a production budget up to 20,000 AED.

This residency will challenge creative practitioners to think deeply about connection, communication and multidimensional interaction with each other and their communities as well as the various ways in which we reside in urban spaces and the digital realm.

For its third edition, titled Digital Communities 2023, taking place from April to September 2023 the residency will be led by guest curator Sara bin Safwan. Selected participants will identify interlocutors that can help guide them through the residency process along with the guest curator.

The Warehouse421 Homebound residency programme is open to all creative practitioners in the West Asia, North Africa and South Asia region.


Art-Time Residencies: Performance

Mophradat, Brussels
Deadline: 10 January 2023

Mophradat has partnered with Kunstencentrum BUDA in Belgium to offer two opportunities to performing artists from the Arab world.

• A one-week residency in BUDA for an artist in a research phase to continue developing their project using BUDA’s facilities.

Mophradat will support the selected applicant (working with maximum two collaborators, i.e. up to three individuals in total) and will cover their travel, visa costs, and per diem. BUDA will cover accommodation and meals.

• A three-week residency for artists in the last phase of their project to use BUDA’s facilities to finalise their piece. The new work will be performed during the 2023 edition of NEXT Festival, which takes place in Kortrijk and Tournai in Belgium, and Lille and Valenciennes in France.

The selected applicant will have their travel and visa costs, per diem and honoraria covered, in addition to receiving a contribution to their project’s production costs as well as a presentation fee for the performance at NEXT Festival.


The Christo and Jeanne Claude Award

New York University Abu Dhabi
Deadline: 31 January 2023

Under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, The Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award, presented by New York University Abu Dhabi in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF), has been established to nurture artistic talent in the United Arab Emirates. It is an annual award produced in collaboration with The NYUAD Art Gallery.

The award is given for the proposal and creation of an artwork that, in the spirit of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work, can be publicly exhibited and enjoyed.

Applicants are invited to propose work in any form: photography, film, land art, sculpture, painting, illustration or multi-media. Work can be shown inside or outside.

The winning work will be exhibited in Abu Dhabi in November 2023. The winning artist will directly receive 10,000 USD to enable the production of the new work.


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