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University of Amsterdam / IMAGINART > PhDs in Socially Engaged Art and State Transformation (Hungary, Palestine, Lebanon, Italy)

Funded by the Netherlands’ Research Organization, the IMAGINART project explores the role of socially engaged art in reinventing failing public institutions and social structures. Three PhD positions are being made available at University of Amsterdam for researchers to work within the IMAGINART project. Each of these positions has a geographic focus – Hungary; Lebanon and Palestine/West Bank; and Italy – and will involve extensive field work. The projected start date is 1 September 2020. Deadline: 31 May 2020.

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Warehouse421 > Project Revival Fund

Warehouse421, an arts and design centre in the UAE, has launched the Project Revival Fund, part of the programme that aims to alleviate the disruption affecting the creative production impacted by the challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications are now open, to local and regional emerging and mid-career creatives across multiple disciplines in the MENASA region. Some of the selected projects will have the opportunity to be part of the Warehouse421 programme of exhibitions and community-wide initiatives. Deadline: 30 May 2020.

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Open Call for Tandem 360°

Tandem 360° are looking for 20 civil society and cultural activists from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and from Libyan initiatives and collectives displaced in these countries. Tandem 360° is a new addition to the six existing Tandem programmes for cultural exchange. In the spirit of ‘doing-it-together’, the one-year programme offers a space to experiment with multidisciplinary project ideas, ecosystem mapping and inventive approaches to create change through culture. Activities take place from May 2020 to September 2021. Deadline: 29 June 2020.

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Art Jameel > Research and Practice Platform

Art Jameel's research and practice platform for independent practitioners intends to primarily support those who work on a per-project basis and whose practices have been affected by programme cancellations and project changes, locally or globally, due to COVID-19. The programme is open to all practitioners based in the Middle East and North Africa region. Grants can be used for a number of activities, including experimenting with new digital formats. Deadline: 7 June 2020.

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Mophradat Grants for Artists from the Arab World

Mophradat creates opportunities for artists from the Arab world through an inventive approach to funding, commissioning, collaborating, and gathering. Grants can be used to pursue threads of research, stage an event, make new work, publish, travel, take part in a residency or workshop, or present an exhibition or performance. Applicants must come from the field of contemporary arts (all disciplines are welcome). Activities or projects can take place anywhere in the world, but must be by artists or arts practitioners from or living in the Arab world, and/or engaged with the Arab world. Deadline: 1 October 2020.

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Art Jameel > Digital Commission (United Arab Emirates)

The third round of Art Jameel Commissions aims to support the production of a digital artwork that will live online, on the Jameel Art Centre website, for audiences to engage with, regardless of where they may be, from autumn/winter 2020 to 2021. The theme of the commission is TIME. It is open to artists of any nationality or age who have links to, and a grasp of, the environmental and cultural nuances of the wider Middle Eastern region. Artists may be from or based in the Middle East, North Africa or Turkey – either living in the region or diaspora – and/or engaged in contributing to the various cultural scenes of the region. Deadline: 10 June 2020.

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L’Art Rue > Call for Creation Residencies 2020 (Tunisia)

L’Art Rue, a Tunisian association carrying out citizens’ and innovative art projects in public spaces, is offering two residency sessions for artists of any discipline from the Middle East and Africa. The first will take place from September to December 2020, and the second from January to April 2021. Regardless of which session(s) artists attend, all successful applicants must also participate in a thinking laboratory, taking place 5-18 October 2020. Deadline: 20 April 2020 (sessions 1 & 2) / 30 June 2020 (session 2 only).

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European Cultural Foundation and Compagnia di San Paolo > STEP travel grants

Through this grants scheme, the European Cultural Foundation funds emerging artists and cultural workers of 18 years old or older in 59 countries to explore and to exchange views, skills and inspiration, create long-lasting collaborations and to instigate a positive change in their communities. STEP travel grants closed its application procedure on December 2, 2019 In line with ECF’s new 2020 – 25 strategy, the team behind STEP is currently reviewing all their mobility support tools. Stay tuned for new cultural mobility and European experience programmes in 2020. The ECF e-zine will keep you up to date (

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Mobility First! Special Open Call: South-South Mobility

Given the persistent inequalities and inaccessibility to mobility opportunities for artists and cultural professionals from the Global South, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), through its Mobility First!travel grant, and Cambodian Living Arts are issuing a joint call for mobility support prioritising South-South mobility connected to 15 Asian countries. Applications will be received and accepted by both ASEF and CLA on a rolling basis and you can expect to hear feedback about your application within 2 weeks of submission.

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Mobility Fund by Prince Claus Fund

The Prince Claus Fund’s Mobility Fund supports the cross-cultural exchange of artists and cultural practitioners. The Mobility Fund is now accepting applications for countries listed in the DAC List (please check it). The Fund is currently closed. Stay tuned for further updates.

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80 organisations sign a joint statement on the revision of the Schengen Code of visas

80 organisations from the cultural sector joined forces in a call to the European Institutions to take into consideration the specific needs of the sector in the context of the trilogue negotiations on the Revision of the Visa Code. Read this statement signed by On the Move and share it!

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Culture Resource > Wijhat (Destinations) > International mobility fund for artists and cultural actors

Wijhat (Destinations) is a program developed by Culture Resource while merging the Mawa3eed and Tajwaal programs. It is designed to serve artists and cultural actors in the Arab region by offering grants of up to 8,000 US Dollars to support travel both within and outside the Arab region, thereby enabling the grantees to present their works to new audiences and to engage in new and diverse inter- and intra-Arab cultural exchange experiences. Applications are accepted throughout the year, but there are specific times for evaluating the applications and announcing the grantees.

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Institute of International Education (USA) > New programme to assist threatened artists

The Institute of International Education announced on 26 May the launch of a programme to save the lives and work of artists who face persecution in their home countries. The new Artist Protection Fund (APF), a three-year pilot programme supported by a $2.79 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will make life-saving fellowship grants to threatened artists from any field of artistic endeavor, and place them at host universities and arts centers in countries where they can safely continue their work and plan for their future.

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World Cultures Connect, a new international networking platform for the cultural and creative sectors

World Cultures Connect is an online meeting place for cultural managers and creative or artistic professionals to promote their work and services, discover and connect with new partners, tools and resources to support their international work. This newly launched project allows any individual or organisation to create a free profile to join a community of international artists and organisations talking about artistic exchange, global mobility and new opportunities. Join today and start connecting!

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Prince Claus Fund > Cultural Emergency Response (CER) programme (Disaster relief for cultural heritage)

The Cultural Emergency Response (CER) programme provides quick help to evacuate, stabilise or rescue cultural heritage under imminent threat of destruction or damaged by man-made disasters, natural disasters or conflict.

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