Open call for Artist in Residence 2013
After the tremendous success of last year’s Artist in Residence (A.I.R) Dubai programme, the Dubai Arts & Culture Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for arts, culture, and heritage, in partnership with the Delfina Foundation, Art Dubai, and Tashkeel has opened the House 11 for 2013 inductees.
This project aims at bringing diversification through innovation. This year A.I.R partners have announced a unique opportunity; they have opened the doors of Al Bastakiya to three international artists, three native (UAE) artists and one curator.
This initiative aims at bolstering the skills of local aspiring artists; the platform will host many international art lovers. The galleria will display the work of domestic and foreign artists, while focusing particularly on the Middle Eastern culture.
Dubai hosts visitors from more than 110 countries every year, and the amalgamation of Western and Eastern art will promote the soft image of Dubai. Not alone it will bring the two heritages together but will also instigate a new thought paradigm in the contemporary arts. The conglomeration of six different artists from diversified background is a continuation of that plan.
Salem Belyouha, Projects & Events Director, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority shared his thoughts about the project.
“Today, Dubai is at the forefront of the arts scene, firmly establishing its credentials alongside international counterparts. The annual Artists-in-Residence program serves as the ideal platform to facilitate exchange of ideas and experiences, enabling the participating artists to derive inspiration from each other, from Al Bastakiya, and above all, from the city of Dubai.”
This year the theme will primarily focus Sikka Art. Al Bastakiya will display the new work from the artists living in the UAE. Moreover, there will be an exhibition from the A.I.R. The festivities will also offer a wide range of entertainment sessions; there will be music, film screenings and much more.
The participants will be provided with an opportunity to explore modern and classical art disciplines and there will be experts sharing their experience about film, paintings, mixed-media installations and visual art.
A.I.R is accepting applications from the international and Emirati curators. The deadline for the application submission is September 16, 2012.
For more than a decade Dubai has been on an all out campaign to sell its liberal and secular facade. Freedom of action, expression promoting human rights and safe guarding feminist’s interests are all in the continuity of the said plan.