Open Call: Art Dubai’s 2013 Residencies

Art Dubai, Delfina Foundation, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, and Tashkeel collaborate to organize Artists-in-Residence (A.i.R) Dubai, an annual residency programme which supplies artists and curators with the opportunity to be based in Dubai before and during Art Dubai and Art Week every March. 
In 2013, the residencies will run from January 7 to March 31, overlapping with the 7th edition of Art Dubai.

Magdi Mostafa (2012 A.I.R. Dubai Resident Artist) - "The Sound Element" (2012), Installation, BastakiyaMagdi Mostafa (2012 A.I.R. Dubai Resident Artist) – “The Sound Element” (2012), Installation, Bastakiya

The programme hosts three Emirati artists, three artists from the Middle East and Asia, and an international curator-in-residence, all of whom will live and work in historic Al Bastakiya, which is in the heart of Dubai’s trading district alongside the Creek. A.i.R. Dubai provides artists with the opportunity to make new work and develop their practice; the selected artists all create work for Open Studios exhibitions in Bastakiya alongside March’s SIKKA Art Fair, while the international artists are also commissioned to create site-specific works for Art Dubai Projects, the critically-acclaimed, non-commercial programme which forms part of the fair’s programming.

There are now openings for applications from Emirati artists and international curators to apply for the residency positions, while the international artists-in-residence will be identified through a nomination and jury process, with the four residency partners and the 2013 Guest Juror, Cairo-based curator Sarah Rifky. Interested Emirati artists can explore a range of media and disciplines spanning painting, mixed media, sculpture, installation or video.

The deadline for submissions is September 16, 2012: for more details please contact Dubai Culture (Phone +971 4 8004003 or e-mail artsservices[at] 

2012 A.I.R. Dubai Resident Artist, Fayçal Baghriche discussing his work produced during his residency / Video by Berlin Art Link Productions

Curators living outside the UAE are encouraged to apply for the 2013 curator-in-residence position, which offers opportunities to carry out in-depth research, curatorial activities, and critical writing regarding the arts scenes of the UAE and the Gulf. Application forms and further details are available online, via the Delfina Foundation. The curator-in-residence programme is in collaboration with ArtAsiaPacific.

Please click here to see details regarding the 2012 artist residencies and commissioned works, and to view a documentary film, commissioned by Tashkeel, about the artists and their residencies.


About The Guest Juror

Sarah Rifky studied Visual Art and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo and received her MFA in Critical Studies from the Malmö Art Academy, Lund University in Sweden. She has been Curator of the Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art since 2009 and has taught at the American University in Cairo and MASS Alexandria in 2010. She was an agent for Documenta 13 (2012) and is the founding director of CIRCA (Cairo International Resource Center for Arts).

Art Dubai

Over the last six years, Art Dubai, the leading international art fair in the MENASA (Middle East/North Africa/South Asia), has become a cornerstone of the region’s booming contemporary art community. In 2012, Art Dubai welcomed 22,500 visitors – including 75 international museums groups – and hosted 75 galleries from 32 countries.

The seventh edition of Art Dubai takes place March 20-23, 2013, at Madinat Jumeirah. Besides the gallery halls, the fair’s extensive programme will include commissioned projects and performances, artists’ and curators’ residencies, educational workshops, the unveiling of works by the winners of the annual Abraaj Capital Art Prize winners and the critically acclaimed Global Art Forum.


Blog entry by Anna Purcell in Berlin; Sunday, July 29, 2012.

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