Sharjah Art Foundation Open Call: Production Programme 2012

Sharjah Art Foundation Open Call: Production Programme 2012

Sharjah Art Foundation Open Call: Production Programme 2012

Sharjah Art Foundation announces the 2012 Production Programme Open Call for grants to artists working in a range of media. Up to $200,000 is available in this application cycle. Deadline: 24 February 2012.

The Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) Production Programme broadens the possibilities for the production of art in the MENASA region through a commitment to support innovation and excellence in artistic practice by encouraging risk and experimentation. This commitment places artists at the core of the Foundation’s mission by offering grants and professional support for the realization of projects selected from an open call for proposals.

The past decade has seen an extraordinary rise in artistic activity throughout the Middle East, resulting in an increased visibility for artists both regionally and internationally. Within this context, the Foundation hopes to promote and encourage an environment of public and private patronage for the highest level of artistic endeavour. This programme focuses on supporting artists in their individual attempts to create work on a scale they have perhaps never imagined possible.

Arts practitioners are invited to propose imaginative, ambitious and inspirational projects that will transform our understanding of what art is and how it can be experienced. With this initiative we hope to engage and challenge the artists, our audiences and ourselves aesthetically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, politically or in ways new and unexpected.

In 2012 we are offering production grants to artists working in a range of media including sculpture, installation, time-based media, artist’s books and performance. Up to a total of $200,000 is available in this application cycle. The success of a proposal will be determined by merit rather than budget. To this end, projects with budgets that range from modest to ambitious scales will be considered. The submission deadline is 24 February 2012 and selections will be announced in March. The selected projects will be developed and produced by the artist and the Sharjah Art Foundation, with presentation of the completed project as agreed between the artist(s) and SAF.

For further information and applications please visit the www.sharjahart.org or contact productionprogramme@sharjahart.org

About the Sharjah Art Foundation:
Sharjah Art Foundation supports the flourishing arts environment in the Gulf by nurturing artistic opportunities and actively pursuing both a regional and international programme of cultural collaboration and exchange.

Sharjah Art Foundation builds on the pioneering role the Emirate of Sharjah has played in the artistic and cultural development of the Gulf region. Inspired by the cross-fertilization and rich cultural diversity of the Emirates, the Foundation provides both national and international leadership in the production and presentation of contemporary visual arts. Recognizing the central and distinctive contribution that art makes to society, the Sharjah Art Foundation cultivates a spirit of research, experimentation and excellence while acting as a catalyst for collaboration and exchange within the Middle East and beyond.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates
Maitha Al Jassim
Public relations & media officer
Tel: +971-6-544-4113, ext. 25
E: maitha@sharjahart.org

FITZ & CO, New York
Concetta Duncan
Assistant Director
Tel: +1 212-627-1455 x 232
E: concetta@fitzandco.com
t +971 6 568 5050 | f +971 6 568 5800 | PO Box 19989 Sharjah, UAE

Above: David Spriggs, Axis of Power, 2009, Mixed media, Installation view, Commissioned & produced by Sharjah Biennial 2009. Photo by Alfredo Rubio.