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Art Jameel: Curatorial Open Call for Exhibition Proposals (Saudi Arabia)

In a gallery textile artworks depict domestic scenes.

Art Jameel launches a curatorial open call for exhibition proposals, to be developed for Hayy Arts’ first floor gallery at Hayy Jameel in Jeddah for May 2024.

Art Jameel is interested in proposals that engage with the geography and history of Hayy Jameel’s location, particularly themes related to connections in and around the Red Sea – its connected geographies, histories, ecologies, and the movement of people and ideas.

The awarded curator will work alongside the Art Jameel team who will provide guidance on the exhibition’s development, exhibition production and design, logistics, and installation.

The call is open to curators and collectives (with a focus on early-career curators) working anywhere whose research and exhibition making engages with the following topics: Jeddah/ Hejaz histories; Red Sea ecologies; Red Sea histories of migration – the movement of people and ideas; connected geographies across the Red Sea (e.g. Egypt, Saudi, Yemen, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Palestine, Jordan).

Applicants must be able to travel to Jeddah for:

  • One scoping visit between November and December 2023 for up to 3 days.
  • To work with the team for up to two weeks between January 2023 and March 2024.
  • For up to two weeks to install and open the exhibition at the end of April and early May 2024.
  • For up to one week for exhibition de-install in early August 2024 if needed.

Art Jameel covers:

  • Curatorial fee of 37,500 SAR (~9100 EUR).
  • Curator travel and accommodation fees.
  • Artists fees, travel and accommodation.
  • All related exhibition fees to with producing, installing and promoting the exhibition.

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