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 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

Pro Helvetia Cairo’s Landscape analysis: art, science and technology in the Arab region

Pro Helvetia Cairo
Deadline: 14 September 2022

Pro Helvetia Cairo seeks to recruit researchers to conduct a comprehensive landscape analysis of individuals, collectives and institutions in the Arab region, whose work lies at the intersection of art, science and technology.

Responding to a noticeable trend within the art world, which increasingly sees artists and curators engaging with science and technology in their work, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has established a new focus area for 2021–2024 titled ‘Art, Science and Technology’. Its aim is to create an enabling framework for projects at the interface of these three fields of activity on a local and international level by facilitating exchanges and cooperation between key players from Switzerland and the Arab region, and offering transversal support schemes to promote forward-looking projects.


Dastaangoi’s Artist-in-Residence Programme

Dastaangoi, Islamabad
Deadline: 15 September 2022

Dastaangoi is launching a residency programme that will operate in October 2022 in Islamabad. Strategically located in the heart of Islamabad, between Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Dastaangoi Artist Residency sits on a 14-acre vineyard, farm and garden. Dastaangoi will offer artists a two-week residency with on-site accommodation and studio space. Studio spaces range in size depending on residents’ needs. Residents are invited to live in the guest house on the farm, but encouraged to spend majority of their time exploring and taking in the natural surroundings. A programme of talks, workshops and other events will be run by Dastaangoi in collaboration with the residents to promote interaction and exchange of ideas both among the residents and with the wider community. Dastaangoi Artist Residency will be open to visual, sculpture and new media artists.


Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts’ Grants to Individuals

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago
Deadline: 15 September 2022

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts offers two types of grants to individuals: Production and Presentation Grants as well as Research and Development Grants. These grants assist individuals with the production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualisation to realisation and public presentation. These projects include, but are not limited to, publications, exhibitions, installations, films and new media projects.


Mophradat’s Self Organizations

Mophradat, Brussels
Deadline: 15 September 2022

Self Organizations aims to provoke inventive ways of working together and collaborating by offering support to projects where different arts practitioners take the initiative and join forces to define a mutual resource or interest that’s important for their work, and propose how to share or develop it. The overall purpose of the programme is to incite productive conversations, encourage the development of bespoke protocols for collaboration, and push for new art experiences to take place.

The programme will involve a diversity of participants working according to the specific guidelines in order to try different formats and methodologies. It will also require from the participants to participate in an online workshop that aims to provide useful tools to support them in navigating organisational disagreements. Arts practitioners from all disciplines and stages of their careers are welcome to apply. Priority will be given to proposals taking place within the Arab world.


Culture Resource’s Wijhat

Culture Resource, Beirut
Deadline: 15 September 2022

Wijhat (Destinations) provides grants of up to 7,000 euros to artists and cultural actors from the Arab region to support their travels within the Arab region or to any destination abroad. It thereby contributes to acquainting others with the artistic and cultural production from this region while enabling the grantees to present their works to new audiences and to engage in diverse cultural exchange experiences.

Wijhat offers 25 to 30 grants a year in three rounds. The funding covers ticket costs, visa costs, accommodation, internal transportation and partial coverage of living expenses. Culture Resource estimates the amount allocated for the partial support for living expenses which should be regarded as travel support rather and should not be presumed to cover living expenses in full during the travel period. Culture Resource can also provide a recommendation letter to the relevant embassy in order to support a grantee’s visa application, if necessary.


Riyadh Art’s 4th Tuwaiq Sculpture

Riyadh Art
Deadline: 18 September 2022

For the 4th Tuwaiq Sculpture, 30 local and international sculptors will be invited to participate in the symposium, where they will create large-scale sculptures in a live setting, made from either granite or Riyadh stone. Applications are open to stone sculptors from around the world with at least five years of experience exhibiting permanently or temporarily in outdoor spaces or galleries.

The theme for the 4th Tuwaiq Sculpture is ‘Energy of Harmony’, encouraging artists to reimagine sculptural possibilities and capture manifestations of ephemeral processes of introducing and witnessing change. A jury comprising five renowned experts in their field have been chosen to review each application, and 30 artists will be commissioned to create new works at Tuwaiq Sculpture.


Dubai Culture and Arts Authority’s Al Marmoom Short-Film Competition

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority
Deadline: 23 September 2022

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority is inviting emerging filmmakers to participate in the Al Marmoom Short-Film Competition which is part of the Al Marmoom: Film in the Desert 2022 festival.

This competition comes within the framework of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority’s efforts to discover and nurture talents in the short-film industry, activate the film sector in the emirate, and enhance Al Marmoom as a cultural and tourist destination.


EPFL CDH Artist-in-Residence Program

EPFL College of Humanities, Lausanne
Deadline: 3 October 2022

The EPFL CDH Artist-in-Residence Program is open to emerging and established Swiss and international artists interested in the area where arts, science, media and technology intersect. The program enables invited artists to develop interdisciplinary projects and carry out their research in conjunction with scientists and the PhD and Master students at EPFL. It offers an opportunity to access the cutting-edge engineering, infrastructure, materials and science developed or made available at EPFL, thus fostering intense experimentation in new forms of expression. At the end of each residency, the resulting project will be presented in a public exhibition or event held at EPFL Pavilions, Amplifiers for Art Science and Society.


Art Jameel Research Grant: Mapping the Arts in KSA (1940–2000)

Hayy Jameel, Jeddah
Deadline: 30 October 2022

In order to deepen understanding of modern art, its exhibition histories and artist networks in Saudi Arabia and the wider region, Art Jameel is supporting a grantee whose areas of inquiry delve into the following topics, including (but not limited to):

Exhibition Histories in Saudi Arabia (1940–2000)
Artist Networks in Saudi and the wider Gulf (1940–2000)
Art Education in Saudi and/or the Gulf (1940–2000)

Through this grant, Art Jameel aims to support researchers in the field to conduct original research into one or more of the above mentioned topics, through the following:

Resources/expenses of up to 25,000 SAR for research travel to access archives, collections, libraries, conduct interviews, etc.
Support, where possible, in contacting relevant individuals and or institutions for interviews and meetings.


The information shared here has been sourced from the aforementioned institutions’ online platforms.