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OPEN CALL FOR ANNUAL CURATORIAL RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIP 2020 DOHA - QATAR (USD 20,000 GRANT).

ARAK Collection, based in Doha - Qatar is inviting applications from Curators from Sub-Saharan Africa, this is an opportunity for Young and Mid-Career Contemporary Art Curators to be selected for their Annual Curatorial Residency Fellowship Program based at their Collection Exhibition and Research Space in Doha - Qatar.



The ARAK Collection Annual Residency Fellowship Program will host their first guest resident curator in 2020 with the aim of promoting better knowledge and understanding of Contemporary Sub-Saharan Art in the Middle East and Beyond through research of the part of the extensive works of their collection.


The resident guest curator is expected to research the collection with the intention of curating an exhibition and writing the exhibition catalogue at the end of the residency period, after in-depth research and the submission of a curatorial concept to be approved by the ARAK Collection Curatorial Advisory Committee.


The Residency Fellowship Program was created to support ARAK Collection's Mission of developing and supporting young and mid-career artists and curators through promoting curatorial research, publications and exhibitions of their collection's works. The exhibitions developed and produced by ARAK Collection aspire to be impactful and are all associated with relevant public programming.


The Residency Fellowship Program exhibition aim is to provide an encompassing view of artworks at ARAK collection, in particular by Sub-Saharan regionally based artists who are addressing critical issues relevant to the contemporary Sub-Saharan and international art world practices and discourse.


The final Residency Fellowship Program exhibition will first be inaugurated at the ARAK Collection Doha Exhibition and Research Space and is expected to travel to other locations in the Middle East and internationally, including Africa.


GRANT


The USD 20,000 grant includes:

- USD 5000 for research expense and fee. - USD 15,000 to produce the exhibition and publish the catalogue.



THE SELECTED CURATOR WILL DEVELOP THEIR WORK IN TWO PARTS:

  • research, firstly while in residence at ARAK Collection in Doha – Qatar, and after when travelling or back home.

  • followed by an exhibition based on the results and approved curatorial concept submitted to the ARAK Collection Curatorial Advisory Committee. A comprehensive exhibition catalogue (English and Arabic) is expected to be published and released at the exhibition opening.


RULES OF PARTICIPATION


1. PURPOSE

The Curatorial Residency Fellowship Program was created to support ARAK Collection’s Mission of developing and supporting young and mid-career artists and curators through promoting curatorial research, publications and exhibitions of their collection’s works. Curators are expected to propose new and innovative approaches to the ARAK Collection’s works and submit unprecedented exhibition proposals and associated publications.


2. APPLICATION

Applications and associated files are accepted by email only, sent to: Fellowships@arakcollection.com or by completing the online application form on here.

The file must include the following :

Online Application Form:

a biography of the curator(s) (maximum 500 keystrokes), complete with training, research and contact details, and a portfolio (pdf) of various projects the curator has carried out or is working on.

a written statement of interest in the ARAK Collection Residency Fellowship Program and how it will contribute to the curators research and career interests and development. (maximum 3 000 keystrokes, word or pdf), an estimated research timetable and an estimated exhibition production timetable both for the exhibition and the catalogue. a recommendation letter from relevant art world professional, with whom the applicant has worked closely is welcomed, but not essential.


The texts must be in English only.


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