Art Jameel Commissions is an annual programme anchored at Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai. The art programme runs in a 3-year cycle, focusing on sculpture (2018); arts writing and research (2019); and drawing and painting (2020). On February 27, 2019, Art Jameel announced that Nadia Christidi, a Syrian, Palestinian, and Greek researcher and writer has been awarded Art Jameel Commissions: Arts Writing and Research. Christidi’s winning proposal will see her create a publication during her three-month residency at Jameel Arts Centre; her interests include impending water crises, and the present plans and future planning scenarios that have emerged in response. The research and publication will likely focus on climate change, disaster capitalism, global competitiveness for climate change solutions, and the manufacture of futures through culture and design.
Art Jameel Commissions: Arts Writing and Research
The 2018-2019 jury included 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.