Art Jameel Commissions is an annual programme anchored at the Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai. The programme runs in a 3-year cycle, focusing on sculpture (2018); arts writing and research (2019); and drawing and painting (2020). Between August 1 and December 1, 2018, Art Jameel is holding an Open Call for the 2019 programme, inviting applications from writers, critics, art historians, curators and artists whose primary medium is writing, with a mandate to support the development of innovative research and the production of a substantial piece of writing.
Its 2018-2019 jury includes writer, curator and Director of Dar al-Ma’mun, a library and artists’ residency in Marrakech, Morocco, Omar Berrada and independent writers and critics, Negar Azimi and Nida Ghouse. Art Jameel Commissions is open to artists from or based in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, as well as those from around the world with an interest in and familiarity with these regions.
Art Jameel Commissions: Arts Writing and Research is open to all areas of enquiry, although preference will be given to those who engage with the thematic focusses within Jameel Art Centre’s current programming which are:
Confluence: Inspired by the UAE’s standing as an international meeting place and point of convergence, as well as Jameel Arts Centre’s waterside location on Dubai Creek.
Museology: As a new independent arts institution, the Centre is invested in critically investigating modes of art production and exhibition making.
The GCC: While the scope of its programme is intentionally international, the Centre is also rooted in its local context and includes artists’ works and projects that explore experiences of living and working in the Gulf countries.
The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2018.