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 reference tool, updated on a regular basis, includes grants, exhibitions and educational opportunities.

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


Deadline: 1 December 2022
Call for entries for 35 FILMFEST DRESDEN 2023 is now open.

FILMFEST DRESDEN is one of the best endowed short film festivals in Europe and sees itself as a podium to present the potential and diversity of current international short film production to interested audiences and the industry. The films in the competitions are awarded by various juries, which are newly appointed by the festival every year.

Eligible for submission are short films up to 30 minutes running time (including credits). FILMFEST DRESDEN is not a premiere festival; therefore, a film premiere is not necessary. For the National and International Competition, only short fiction and animation films (including hybrid forms such as AnimaDoc, experimental or documentary fiction) produced after 31 December 2020 will be considered. For the International Competition, all production countries except Germany; German co-productions are accepted.


IDFA Bertha Fund

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
Deadline: 10 December 2022

Applications to the IDFA Bertha Fund can be made in a variety of funding categories. In all categories, the fund is looking for films that use strong visual treatments to tell compelling stories and have the potential to reach a global audience.

The funds offer development and production support to filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Oceania.

IBF Classic – Project Development

This grant is meant to support directors in their research, writing and/or with the production of visual material for the project presentation. The maximum contribution for project development is 7,500 Euros.

IBF Classic – Production and Post-production

Financial support for production and post-production allows filmmakers to actually realise their projects. The maximum contribution for production and post-production is 25,000 Euros.


Getting Over The Color Green

Engage 101, Dubai
Deadline: 12 December 2022

Engage 101 invites UAE-based early and mid-career artists and artist collectives (currently not gallery-represented) to apply for the upcoming peer review programme and group exhibition, Getting Over the Colour Green.

Looking towards the future of the Gulf, how much green are we trying to encapsulate amidst our desert environment? Is green a toxic view of Khaleeji futurism? What does the colour green mean to you? And what does the process of ‘getting over the colour green’ look like?

Applicants are requested to submit proposals for work exploring the exhibition’s concept brief. The works can either be in progress or newly proposed works that will be developed through the peer review programme affiliated with the exhibition.


Connect India

Pro Helvetia, New Delhi
12 December 2022

Connect India will grant a funded residency to an individual artist from Switzerland and an individual artist from India. Connect India invites submissions from artists with a distinct interest in an interdisciplinary approach and a keen engagement with scientific thinking and fundamental science.

The dual residency comprises a residency at CERN in Geneva and a second residency at ICTS.

In 2021, Arts at CERN and Pro Helvetia launched Connect, a collaboration framework that marks the extension of their joint efforts in supporting and promoting the dialogue between artists and scientists.

Connect India is part of the Connect collaboration between Arts at CERN and Pro Helvetia New Delhi, the liaison office of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in South Asia, in collaboration with the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS-TIFR) in Bengaluru, India.


Open Call for Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators

Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi
Deadline: 15 December 2022

If you love spinning tales for children, apply to the open call for children’s books writers and illustrators that celebrates and promotes those that spark the imagination of children through their stories. The best three entries will be awarded cash prizes.


Open Call: Exhibition Designer

Sharjah Architecture Triennial
Deadline: 22 December 2022

Sharjah Architecture Triennial 2023 curator Tosin Oshinowo is inviting practitioners from around the globe to submit proposals for the exhibition design of the second edition of Sharjah Architecture Triennial. The curatorial title and theme, The Beauty of Impermanence: An Architecture of Adaptability, reflects on how issues of scarcity present in the Global South have created an enterprising culture of re-use, re-appropriation, innovation, collaboration and adaptation. This edition will explore design solutions that illuminate a pathway towards reorienting our conversation on sustainability and prioritise contextual solutions, resource sharing and waste reuse.

Sharjah Architecture Triennial is a platform for architecture and urbanism in a region that extends from West Asia to South Asia and the African continent. The Triennial editions seek to highlight topical aspects of architecture and urbanism that have local relevance and to engage Sharjah's existing built environment and social fabric.


Homebound Residency: Digital Communities 2023

Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi
Deadline: 7 January 2023

Warehouse421’s Homebound residency programme aims to support creative practitioners in the region in producing new work and exploring community engagement in their practices while working remotely. The six-month online programme will offer residents curatorial support as well as a production budget up to 20,000 AED.

This residency will challenge creative practitioners to think deeply about connection, communication and multidimensional interaction with each other and their communities as well as the various ways in which we reside in urban spaces and the digital realm.

For its third edition, titled Digital Communities 2023, taking place from April to September 2023 the residency will be led by guest curator Sara bin Safwan. Selected participants will identify interlocutors that can help guide them through the residency process along with the guest curator.

The Warehouse421 Homebound residency programme is open to all creative practitioners in the West Asia, North Africa and South Asia region.


Parenting Artist Residency

Cow House Studios, Wexford, Ireland
Deadline: 8 January 2023

The Parenting Artist Residency makes it possible for awarded artists to dedicate time to their work by offering all of the support necessary to do so.

Applications are open to all parenting artists; both Irish and international cultural practitioners working in any discipline.

The Parenting Artist Residency is designed specifically for parenting artists with dependents under 18 years of age; children and partners are welcome. This residency will make it possible for participating artists to develop new work, progress existing projects, or get back to their practice after taking time out to have children. This residency will offer childcare, a stipend of 500 €, accommodation and meals.

Selected artists and their families will come to Rathnure and reside at Cow House Studios from 3–16 April 2023.


Art-Time Residencies: Performance

Mophradat, Brussels
Deadline: 10 January 2023

Mophradat has partnered with Kunstencentrum BUDA in Belgium to offer two opportunities to performing artists from the Arab world.

• A one-week residency in BUDA for an artist in a research phase to continue developing their project using BUDA’s facilities.

Mophradat will support the selected applicant (working with maximum two collaborators, i.e. up to three individuals in total) and will cover their travel, visa costs, and per diem. BUDA will cover accommodation and meals.

• A three-week residency for artists in the last phase of their project to use BUDA’s facilities to finalise their piece. The new work will be performed during the 2023 edition of NEXT Festival, which takes place in Kortrijk and Tournai in Belgium, and Lille and Valenciennes in France.

The selected applicant will have their travel and visa costs, per diem and honoraria covered, in addition to receiving a contribution to their project’s production costs as well as a presentation fee for the performance at NEXT Festival.


2023 Curatorial Research Fellowships

Independent Curators International, New York
Deadline: 15 January 2023

Conceived to foster independent research, ICI’s Curatorial Research Fellowships offer a framework tailored to each curator’s field of critical inquiry. The fellows will receive mentorship specific to their research interests as well as 10,000 USD in financial support. They will have access to ICI’s international networks of collaborators and programmes to create opportunities for continued learning. Fellows may be based anywhere as mentorship sessions will be held virtually. The fellowship period is eight months, between March and October 2023.

ICI’s Curatorial Research Fellowships programme was expanded in 2021 with the support of the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative in honour of the late Okwui Enwezor, to include opportunities for curators of African descent based anywhere in the world and BIPOC curators based in the US. Additionally, ICI offers fellowships supporting curatorial research with a focus on the Mississippi River Basin as a site of cultural production.


The Christo and Jeanne Claude Award

New York University Abu Dhabi
Deadline: 31 January 2023

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

The award is given for the proposal and creation of an artwork that, in the spirit of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work, can be publicly exhibited and enjoyed.

Applicants are invited to propose work in any form: photography, film, land art, sculpture, painting, illustration or multi-media. Work can be shown inside or outside.

The winning work will be exhibited in Abu Dhabi in November 2023. The winning artist will directly receive 10,000 USD to enable the production of the new work.


The information shared here has been sourced from the online platforms of the listed institutions.