In addition to Sharjah Art Foundation’s on-going open calls Vantage Point Sharjah 8 and Sharjah Film Platform, 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 residences for artists and art practitioners. Part of the Foundation’s commitment to supporting the community, this list is a reference tool that will be updated on a regular basis and includes grants, exhibitions and educational opportunities.

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

Call for submissions: Sundance International Film Festival 2021

Feature films: 17 August, 7 September and 2 October 2020
Short films: 7 August, 24 August and 14 September 2020
Sundance International Film Festival
United States

Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programmes, the institute seeks to discover, support and inspire independent film, media and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work. The Sundance International Film Festival recognises the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has greatly affected storytellers and their projects. Sundance film festival has constructed the policies and procedures for submitting projects for 2021 festival consideration, and worked to account for and address those disruptions. To that end, the festival extended deadlines and will also consider projects that were previously invited to other events that were subsequently cancelled or postponed.

Apply now for the Hodder Arts Fellowship

Deadline: 15 September 2020
Princeton University
United States

The Hodder Fellowship will be given to artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the 2021–22 academic year. Potential Hodder Fellows are composers, choreographers, performance artists, visual artists, writers or other kinds of artists or humanists who are selected more ‘for promise than for performance’ and have ‘much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts’ as traditionally defined. Given the strength of the applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own fields; the Hodder is designed to provide Fellows with the ‘studious leisure’ to undertake significant new work. Hodder Fellows spend an academic year at Princeton, but no formal teaching is involved. An 84,000 USD stipend is provided for this 10-month appointment as a Visiting Fellow. Fellowships are not intended to fund work leading to an advanced degree. US citizenship not required to apply.

Call for applications: Research on the Arts Programme

Deadline: 18 September 2020
Arab Fund for Arts and Culture

The Research on the Arts Programme (RAP) is a joint programme between the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) and the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) which aims to support research on all artistic practices across disciplinary boundaries and methodological approaches on key themes of concern to, and in, the Arab region. Applicants must be citizens of an Arab country (defined as a member of the League of Arab States) or nationals of an Arab country (defined as long-term residents, even if they do not hold citizenship as in the case of refugees or stateless residents) and must be based in the Arab region.