Alserkal Arts Foundation’s inaugural Research Grants are now open for applications. Announced earlier this year, the Research Grants are designed to support radical, innovative and contemporary research that challenges traditional modes of practice in a variety of fields. Unbounded by geography, the grants place an emphasis on interdisciplinary proposals, comparative studies and societal discourses that link the arts, humanities and social sciences in the context of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
The Alserkal Arts Foundation supports socially-engaged, multi-disciplinary practices and facilitates cross-cultural exchange through its four core initiatives: public art commissions, residencies, research grants and educational programmes. The Foundation offers cultural practitioners – either based in Dubai, or whose practice critically investigates themes pertinent to the region’s artistic community – opportunities for research, scholarship and artistic production.
The Foundation seeks applications especially from those individuals and collectives that dynamically aim to disrupt conservative boundaries between conventional disciplines. Potential grant awardees can include, but are in no way limited to, multidisciplinary visual and sonic artists, architects, writers of fiction and non-fiction, independent publishers, documentary filmmakers and educators, geographers, historians, economists and social scientists. Applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing broad, intersectional and experimental approaches to research in their respective fields are preferred.
Research grants will be up to $5,000 USD for individuals, $10,000 USD for duos/collectives or independent publishers. To be eligible to receive a research grant, all applicants must be over 21 years of age, have 5 years of experience and demonstrate an imaginative and maturing practice which creates space for accessible discourse and pedagogy.
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020