Saudi Arabia Ministry of Culture > Art Residency | Albalad

In 2020, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture is organising the first edition of ‘Art Residency | Albalad’, a new residency programme in the vibrant, historical district of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Art Residency | Albalad supports the creative development of exceptional art practitioners through fully funded residencies that provide dedicated time and space, considered collaborations, and a supportive working environment.

The programme is open to Saudi-based and international artists, curators, art writers, historians and critics. It promotes critical thinking, cultural exchange and community outreach. Residents are invited to draw inspiration from a city with a deeply rooted, yet little explored, history. Art Residency | Albalad aims to encourage dialogue and cultural exchange between the young and dynamic art scene that exists in the city as well as access to, and conversation with, the community who live and work in the location of the studios.

The residency will be housed in the heart of a UNESCO listed heritage site: Jeddah Historic District (JHD), an area that is rich with history, and one of the rare pedestrian neighbourhoods in the city. The unique location gives residents direct access and opportunities to encounter and interact with Jeddah’s community and to become familiar with the city’s customs and diverse cultures.

Research and production residencies are both available. Successful applicants will receive:

  • Access to one of seven open format studios, a living space, and a kitchenette in a historical building (in JHD) and accommodation in close proximity to the residency.

  • Round trip flight.

  • Hotel accommodation for the duration of the programme.

  • Breakfast at the hotel and lunch at the residency’s communal space.

  • Access to facilities such as a library, wood workshop and fab lab, among others, in collaboration with local partners and universities.

  • Stipend of USD 1800.

  • Production fund up to USD 4000 for those who apply for a production residency.

Residencies run from 11 May – 31 December 2020 in a series of six-week cycles, with each cycle hosting 4 Saudi and 3 international residents, who will begin and end the programme simultaneously.

Deadline: 29 February 2020

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