This year, Sharjah Art Foundation’s Production Programme is inviting art practitioners to propose imaginative and inspirational projects that will transform our understanding of art and how it can be experienced. A total of 200,000 USD is available in this application cycle.

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 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

Open Call: Writing Sabbaticals

Mophradat, Belgium
Deadline: 15 January 2022

Mophradat is supporting emerging creative writers from the Arab world working in contemporary fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Published writers currently working on a new text for publication and who need time to focus on its completion can apply to this programme.

The programme offers a short sabbatical period for two or more writers per open call. The participant would receive an amount that ranges from 600 to 1,300 USD per month determined by Mophradat based on the local living costs in the writer’s country of residence, and covers a period from one month up to three months, depending on the writer’s need. Applicants must have a publisher interested in their upcoming work (online or print. Independent publishers, periodicals, and other literary or cultural journals qualify). At the end of the sabbatical period, they will connect with one of the advisors (from the selection committee) for a feedback session concerning their manuscript.


Call for Applications: Landskrona Foto Festival 2022

Landskrona Foto Festival, Scandinavia
Deadline: 18 January 2022

Landskrona Foto Festival is organised by Landskrona Foto, the umbrella term used since 2013 to designate a centre for the photographic image, covering activities such as exhibitions, collections, events and residencies. The festival’s aim is to become Europe’s most relevant meeting place for photography where the established and the experimental come together and stimulate the general public’s understanding of photography and its value to society.

This vision is expressed during 17 days in September 2022 when the 8th edition of Landskrona Foto Festival takes place. The festival embraces photography from the widest reaches of the globe and the exhibited works become part of the public space, visible in parks and shops as well as in museums and galleries.

The festival has become an important meeting place for photography professionals with a large number of exhibitions, artist talks, dummy award, photobook days and much more.


Call for Submissions: The Christo and Jeanne Claude Award

NYUAD Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi
Deadline: 31 January 2022

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 and in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF), has been established to nurture artistic talent in the UAE. It is an annual award produced in collaboration with the NYUAD Art Gallery.

Applicants are invited to propose work in any form: Photography, film, land art, sculpture, painting, illustration and multi-media. Work can be shown inside or outside. The winning artist will directly receive 10,000 USD to enable the production of the new work. To apply, all entrants need to complete an application form, which includes a proposed budget.
The winning work will be exhibited in Abu Dhabi in November 2022.


Call for Applications: A 10-day residency between 1 April and 31 May 2022

Mophradat, Belgium
Deadline: 20 January 2022

Mophradat has partnered with Nyege Villa in Kampala to provide a residency for a composer/s (with up to two collaborators) or a band comprised of maximum three musicians from the Arab world to spend focused time working on a specific project, creating new compositions, or exploring and researching new ideas.

Contemporary composers from the Arab world can apply for a 10-day residency at Nyege Villa between 1 April and 31 May 2022. Specific dates will be determined upon consultation with the resident(s). The invited resident(s) will have access to professional recording studios and equipment throughout their stay, to which they will receive a technical introduction. They will be accommodated in a private room on site with use of a shared kitchen. The composer(s) must be comfortable working autonomously, be open to collaboration, and be able to work under a variety of conditions. In addition to the aforementioned, Mophradat will provide the selected resident(s) with economy return airfares, and per diems, and reimburse visa costs and any required COVID-19 tests in compliance with the regulations in effect at the time of travel.


Call for Applications: Fellowship Programme for Art and Theory 2022–23 (Austria)

Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Germany
Deadline: 28 January 2022

Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen invites visual and media artists, art critics, theorists and curators to apply for a fellowship in 2022–2023 (3 October 2022–17 June 2023).

Within the framework of the Fellowship Programme for Art and Theory, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen provides a platform that facilitates the development and production of artistic and art-theoretical projects in a critical context. At the same time, it provides a forum for direct exchange between professionals–artists, theorists, critics and curators–from the region and abroad as well as a point of interaction with local, interested audiences. Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen is a section of the Tiroler Künstler: innenschaft (the Tyrolean Artists’ Association), the major association of visual artists from the region.

Büchsenhausen brings together two programmes under one roof. On the one hand, it is the site of the Fellowship Programme for Art and Theory. On the other hand, it is the location of several studios for artists based in Tyrol who are looking for a working space in a professionally interesting environment. Four apartment studios are used by the participants in the Fellowship Programme. The other six studios are available to artists based in Tyrol. The project and presentation space is equipped with multimedia facilities and is at the fellows’ disposal.


Open Call: Nur 2022

Casa Árabe, Madrid
Deadline: 31 January 2022

Casa Árabe and the PHotoESPAÑA Festival are jointly presenting the second edition of Nur نور [light]. It is an open call for the selection of a photographic exhibition proposal that will be presented at the Casa Árabe headquarters in Madrid within the framework of the PHotoESPAÑA International Photography Festival in its 25th edition of PHotoESPAÑA International Photography Festival that will take place in June of 2022.

The purpose of this open call is to continue to give visibility and reaching out a project that offers a look at one or several aspects of Arab societies from a contemporary curatorial perspective. The purpose of this call is to reward innovation efforts as well as convey current content that has to do with the realities of the contemporary Arab world. The call is addressed to curators and institutions. The selection of the project will be done by a jury and an assessment committee, which this year will include two new partners: the Bienal Fotografia do Porto and Tribe Photo Magazine.


Call for Applications: Counter Histories

Magnum Foundation, New York
Deadline: 1 February 2022

Counter Histories is an initiative supporting projects that creatively reframe the past to engage with questions of the present and future. Magnum Foundation is calling for proposals from photographers and artists working with photography who would like to expand and complete a project and be an active member of a creative community fostering interdisciplinary exploration and collaboration. Up to 12 selected participants will receive a grant of 10,000 USD, take part in project development workshops and connect with collaborative partners and networks. Applications are due 1 February 2022.


Call for Applications: Art Residency l Albalad 2022

Ministry of Culture, Saudi Arabia
Deadline: 5 February 2022

Organised by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture, Art Residency | Albalad is a new residency programme in the vibrant, historical district of Jeddah. Art Residency | Albalad supports the creative development of exceptional art practitioners through fully funded residencies that provide dedicated time and space, considered collaborations and a supportive working environment.

The programme is open to Saudi-based and international artists, curators, art writers, historians and critics. It promotes critical thinking, cultural exchange and community outreach. Residents are invited to draw inspiration from a city with a deeply rooted, yet little explored, history. Art Residency | Albalad aims to encourage dialogue and cultural exchange between the young and dynamic art scene that exists in the city as well as access to, and conversation with, the community who live and work in the location of the studios.

Residencies run from March–October 2022 in a series of six-week cycles.


Open Call: Production Programme 2022

Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE
Deadline: 10 February 2022

Sharjah Art Foundation is offering production grants to art practitioners working in a range of media, including sculpture, installation, time-based media, artist’s books and performance. A total of 200,000 USD is available in this application cycle. The submission deadline is 10 February 2022, and selections will be announced in March 2022. The selected projects will be developed and produced by the artist and Sharjah Art Foundation, with the time and place for the presentation of the completed project as agreed between the artist(s) and the Foundation.


Call for Applications: The Africa Institute–Tejumola Olaniyan Creative Writers-in-Residence Fellowship

The Africa Institute, Sharjah
Deadline: 28 February 2022

The Africa Institute, as part of its African Languages and Translation Programme, announces the Tejumola Olaniyan Creative Writers-in-Residence Fellowship. This residency programme is created in honour of the late Nigerian Professor Tejumola Olaniyan and his remarkable intellectual legacy in the field of African literature and critical theory. The residency programme welcomes applications from creative writers including novelists, short story writers, playwrights, poets and scriptwriters related to Africa and the African diaspora for a grant of 45,000 AED (10,700 EUR) in total. The proposed project can be in Arabic or English (other languages will be considered). The residency invites recipients to Sharjah for a period of three months to complete their work.

Recipients will have the opportunity to publish their texts through The Africa Institute’s publications programme. Projects relating to theatre and film scripts can also be published as texts or receive support in facilitating productions. The project could be new or a work-in-progress and should be feasible for completion within the timeframe of the residency.


Call for Applications: Paper Architecture and Projects

Luca Biennale Cartasia 2022, Italy
Deadline: 5 March 2022

Lucca Biennale Cartasia is the world’s biggest art event dedicated to paper art. In 2022, the biennale will be held from the 31 July to 25 September. The biennale is looking for emerging and affirmed artists to work in Lucca, Tuscany, during an artistic residency in July 2022.

LuBiCa was founded in 2004 to disseminate the knowledge of paper art through artistic expressions and is made up of nine sections that include Architecture. This particular section focuses on analysing in depth the use of paper and of cardboard in buildings, not only as a medium for the construction of small objects or as a support for drawings, but a truly exemplary material that is perfect for building temporary structures and suitable for creating longer-lasting and efficient edifices. Starting from the 2022 edition, Lucca Biennale Cartasia is launching a call for papers and projects with the following key themes: cardboard architecture, sustainability, innovation, design research and construction techniques.


Call for Submissions: Misk Art Grant

Misk Art Institute, Saudi Arabia
Deadline: 15 March 2022
The 2022 edition of the Misk Art Grant offers artists and designers from the Middle East and North Africa the opportunity to improve their artistic practices, work closely with a selection of curators and mentors, and increase creative production. The grant facilitates and provides technical and financial support to the selected applicants with a fund of 1,000,000 Saudi Riyals (266,632 USD) that will be distributed among the grant recipients.


Call for Submissions: Revelation Perth International Film Festival

Revelation, Australia
Deadline: 1 April 2022

Our international fall for entries is open and we want your film! Revelation is known around the world for the quality of the programme curated from the international call for entries and 2022 will be no exception! The call for entries is our barometer to the creative mood of the international creative community,
In looking at the films we don’t have groups of panels but rather we take a more active and curatorial approach. All titles submitted are viewed by the Festival Director. A shortlist is then made, usually made up of around 30 per cent of the titles submitted in each category and those films are then viewed by the Programme Director to ensure that all films selected (invited or through the call for entries) provide a complete and cohesive programme.


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