In addition to Sharjah Art Foundation’s 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 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

Warehouse421 Homebound Residency: DIGITAL COMMUNITIES

Deadline: 7 August 2021

Warehouse 421

Abu Dhabi

Warehouse421 announces the second iteration of its Homebound Residency programme. DIGITAL COMMUNITIES will take place between October 2021 and April 2022. Applications will be received in English and Arabic from 16 May to 7 August 2021.

The Warehouse421 Homebound Residency programme seeks to support creative practitioners from within the region in producing new works and exploring the digital forms of community engagement within their practices while working remotely. This six-month programme offers its residents curatorial support and a production budget of up to AED 20,000 to be employed for any equipment or material required for the completion and realisation of their projects.

Apply here: https://www.warehouse421.ae/en/opportunities/homebound-residency-digital-communities/

Tashkeel: First Solo Residencies

Deadline: 10 August 2021



Tashkeel invites applications for First Solo Residencies, a new addition to its Residency Programme‭ ‬which will enable UAE-based art‭ ‬and design practitioners to undertake a short term‭, ‬self-directed residency within the Emirate of Dubai‭ at Tashkeel House 10, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. The aim of the First Solo Residencies is to provide artists and designers who are members of Tashkeel with the opportunity to present an exhibition‭, ‬public outcome or work-in-progress‭. ‬The programme is intended to both support and nurture practice‭, ‬whilst‭ ‬providing the freedom within the space to experiment and build experience‭—‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Apply here: https://tashkeel.org/residencies/first-solo-residencies

Participate in the Al Murabbaa Art Festival

Deadline: 12 August 2021

Al Murabbaa


Al Murabbaa is a UAE initiative that gives local and regional artists a platform to exhibit and share their art with the world. This carefully curated portal supports artists across all mediums and styles.

Register today to participate in the Al Murabbaa Art Festival, a local, 10-day showcase of diverse and collaborative art experiences, installations, exhibitions, programmes, workshops, and more in Ajman.

Join their art festival to expand your exposure, share knowledge and exchange information with your community. Al Murabbaa welcomes artists, creators and speakers across art, design, workshops, literature and music, theatre and film/music, performance and film.

Apply here: http://almurabbaaarts.ajmantourism.ae/open-call

AFAC Cinema grant

Deadline: 16 August 2021

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.

The programme is co-funded by AFAC and the ACSS (funds to the ACSS are provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation). Grants are available to individual researchers (up to USD 15,000), teams of researchers or collectives (up to USD 25,000) and institutions (up to USD 35,000).

Apply here: https://www.arabculturefund.org/Programs/8

Mizna: The Experimental Issue

Deadline: 20 August 2021


Minnesota, United States

Mizna is a critical platform for contemporary literature, film, art and cultural production centring the work of Arab and Southwest Asian and North African artists. For more than 20 years, Mizna has been creating a decolonised cultural space to reflect the expansiveness of its community and to foster exchange, examine ideas and engage audiences in meaningful art.

For its winter 2021 issue, guest-edited by Tarik Dobbs, Mizna is seeking works that challenge conventional forms, language and ideas within the literary process. Experimental works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, comics and mixed print genres will all be considered.

Apply here: https://mizna.org/mizna-news/call-for-submissions-the-experimental-issue/

Call for Application: Prince Claus Mentorship Awards

Deadline: 26 August 2021

Prince Claus Fund


This mentorship is a year-long interdisciplinary programme that creates space for artists and cultural practitioners to explore critical artistic practices on the intersection of arts and environmentalism.

The mentorship brings together 12 emerging artists and cultural practitioners (± 8-15 years of relevant professional experience) with four mentors, all working across a range of disciplines and environmental issues in a year-long programme aimed at accelerating engaged cultural practices and fostering leadership. These 12 individuals each develop a body of work, form a peer group, and throughout the year receive mentorship guidance, exchange ideas, collaborate, and jointly delve deeper into their practices. The four mentors, all experts on the intersection of arts and the environment, guide the participants throughout the programme.

The programme consists of two Labs (week-long mentoring intensives, one in person and one online), bi-monthly online masterclass and peer-group sessions and an awards ceremony and visitors programme in Amsterdam and Berlin. Each participant receives an award of €6.000 to work on the concept for a body of work that they outlined in their application, with an additional €4.000 being available for either a collaboration with other participants, or if their concept solidifies in the process and needs extra budget to be realised.

Apply here: https://princeclausfund.org/open-calls/open-call-mentorship-awards-with-goethe-institut

Apply for Mudun Short Story Prize

Deadline: 1 September 2021

Barjeel Art Foundation


Barjeel Art Foundation announces the launch of Mudun Short Story Prize, an international competition that invites writers to showcase, in fiction, a city in the Arab world they know intimately.

The competition aims to produce stories and narratives that reflect the urban spirit of cities, neighbourhoods and structures in the region. Whether your story takes place in Aleppo, Beirut, Cairo, Rabat, or Sharjah, we want to experience the city as you do. By no means is this prompt a confinement to realism. Your story could spring into the realms of fantasy or even science fiction, but we would still need to see existing or past landmarks, streets, or buildings of the city of your choosing.

Apply here: https://www.barjeelartfoundation.org/news/mudun-short-story-prize/

Henry Moore Foundation Grants and Fellowships

Deadline: 2 September 2021

Henry Moore Foundation

Leeds and Hertfordshire, England

The Henry Moore Foundation is offering up to £20,000 in grants and fellowships in the following categories within sculpture and art research: new projects and commissions, acquisitions and collections and research and development.

Apply here: https://www.henry-moore.org/grants/grants-programme

Apply for Marrakech International Film Festival

Deadline: 8 September 2021

Atlas Ateliers 4th Edition 2021


The Atlas Workshops launches its call for projects in development and films in production or post-production by filmmakers from the Arab world and the African continent who are working on their first, second or third feature-length film.

The Atlas Workshops is an industry and talent-development programme initiated by the Marrakech International Film Festival in 2018 with the support of Netflix. The mission of the workshops is to work side by side with a new generation of Moroccan, Arab and African filmmakers, as well as to create a space for exchange between international professionals and regional talents.

The fourth edition of the Atlas Workshops will take place end of 2021; the exact dates will be announced later. The event offers participants the opportunity to present their projects in development and films in production or post-production via a co-production market that allows them to meet with international professionals. The participating projects compete for awards with a total cash value of €56.000.

Participants benefit from personalised mentoring prior to the Atlas Workshops events, tailored to the individual needs of each project with regard to scriptwriting, production, distribution, editing and/or scoring.

Apply here: https://atlasateliers.festivalmarrakech.info/en/call-for-applications

Phileas Funding and Collaborations in 2022

Deadline: 10 September 2021

Phileas: A Fund for Contemporary Art


Based in Vienna, Phileas is a philanthropic organisation that enables ambitious projects within the field of contemporary art. Its activities focus primarily on international exhibitions by Austrian and Austria-based artists. Phileas co-produces new works and their presentation in museum exhibitions and biennials as well as accompanying publications and symposia. Where possible, its support is extended to enable the acquisition of the works for public collections.

Apply here: https://www.phileasprojects.org/application.html

Call for Submissions: Aarhus Arab Film Festival

Deadline: 29 September 2021

Aarhus Arab Film Festival

Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus Arab Film Festival’s goal is to show the vast diversity of the Arab world by providing an insight into Arabic films, cultures and thoughts through the organisation of an internationally-oriented film festival aimed at a Danish audience, with the best of the Arab film world.

‏The selected films will show that there is room for independent, innovative and provocative thoughts in the Arab world, and will provide an insight into a varied and rich culture through the decline of film art from a part of the world that we are very much in touch with, but know too little about.

Apply here: https://filmfreeway.com/AARHUSARABFILMFESTIVAL

Call for Application: Artists’ Publications

Deadline: 15 October 2021

Prameya Art Foundation


Prameya Art Foundation is an initiative to support experimental practices as well as encourage trans-disciplinary collaborations. Prameya, meaning knowledge in Sanskrit is indicative of the Foundation’s approach to the arts as a discursive space, and dialogue as its future.

Prameya Art Foundation in association with Emami Art and Roli Books and our partners in South Asia, Britto Arts Trust (Bangladesh), Siddhartha Art Foundation (Nepal), Vasl Artists' Association (Pakistan), and Theertha International Artists' Collective (Sri Lanka) invites proposals for artist books from creative practitioners in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Visit: https://www.praf.in/PRAF-Publish.html

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Grants

Deadline: 31 October 2021

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

New York

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) partnering with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queens Theatre, to launch City Artist Corps Grants.

City Artist Corps Grants is part of City Artist Corps, a new USD 25 million recovery initiative designed to help artists who were both hard hit by the pandemic and who may have been left out of other local and federal funding opportunities.

City Artist Corps Grants are intended to support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The programme will distribute one-time USD 5,000 grants to over 3,000 artists to help sustain their practice and engage the public across New York City’s five boroughs this summer beginning July.

Apply here: https://www.nyfa.org/awards-grants/city-artist-corps-grants