Alserkal Residency

Alserkal Residency

Open only to GCC-based artists

Created as a platform for artistic and cultural experimentation and exchange, Alserkal Residency seeks to provide the infrastructure and support that would allow cultural practitioners to fully engage with the region. Founded by Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal and the Alserkal family, the residency focuses on research-based and socially-engaged practices. Its mission is to support cultural practitioners through a process of exploration, experimentation and research, and to foster an interdisciplinary community engaged with the cultural landscape of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. 

Split into three cycles – Spring, Summer and Fall –  via a combination of open calls and solicited proposals, Alserkal Residency is open to emerging and mid-career artists, as well as curators, writers, and researchers working in related fields. They encourage application proposals that reflect, in a broad sense, an interest in the regional context. The primary focus of the Residency is to foster an exploration of ideas. While there is no production requirement, residents are expected to take part in a dynamic public programme that engages local and regional audiences, establishing dialogue with both their peers and the UAE community. Based in a new 6,000 sq. foot warehouse space located in the heart of Alserkal Avenue, designed by UAE-based architectural collective ‘a hypothetical office’, each cycle can accommodate up to six residents.

The Alserkal Residency Summer Cycle is open only to artists, writers, curators and researchers who are currently citizens of or resident in the GCC. The programme will run from 1 May 2018 - 31 July 2018. Proposals are reviewed competitively by the selection committee.

Residency resources include:

  • Return flights from the resident’s home city to Dubai
  • Single-room accommodation, in a shared space with up to five other residents
  • Monthly living stipend
  • Production stipend
  • Programming stipend
  • 24-hour access to an individual studio at Alserkal Avenue
  • Support from Alserkal Residency team
  • Introductions, mentorship and critiques from international and local art professionals, who are part of Alserkal Avenue’s network of peers

Deadline for applying is  30 December 2017. All applicants are required to present the following materials as part of their application in a single PDF. Please make sure to upload a PDF file - no larger than 2 MB - containing the following information in the order outlined below. Incomplete applications will not be considered:

  • Full CV 
  • Professional statement of no more that 250 words.
  • A statement of intent: approximately 500 words, that includes a description of what the cultural practitioner would like to research or develop whilst in residence. The statement should also mention if there are any specific media or studio requirements. 
  • Initial ideas for the public programme element of the residency, not to exceed more than 250 words.
  • Portfolio (the portfolio will not take the place of the statement of intent) - documentation should be of recent work (dating back no longer than 5 years) and should contain up to 15 images. An image list should be included containing the title, date, size and materials. If your portfolio is larger than 2 MB, please include a link to where we can view the files.
  • If images are not possible due to the nature of the applicant’s work, they also accept up to 4 video/audio URL links that support the application (no longer than 5 minutes each). Please be sure to insert the links to the server/website where the file can be viewed within the portfolio.
  • Curators / Writers / Researchers should include a minimum of two writing samples of 500 words each.