Art Jameel, an independent organisation that supports arts, education and heritage in the Middle East, announced an open call for proposals for its commissions to promote writing and research.
It has invited applications from writers, critics, art historians, curators and artists whose primary medium is writing, with a mandate to support the development of innovative research and the production of a substantial piece of writing or body of written work. Reflecting a commitment to nurturing critical dialogue and research, this writer-focused residency is the first of its kind in the region.
Called ‘Art Jameel Commissions: Arts Writing and Research,’ it is an annual programme in a three-year cycle and is foundational to the programming of the Jameel Arts Centre, reflecting the institution’s aims to be a multidisciplinary, exploratory space.
The Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai will open on November 11, 2018 – the first contemporary arts institution of its kind in the emirate – and will present curated exhibitions and act as a hub for educational and research initiatives.
The commission is open to all areas of enquiry, although preference will be given to those who engage with the thematic focuses within Jameel Art Centre’s current programming.
Confluence: Inspired by the UAE’s standing as an international meeting place and point of convergence, as well as Jameel Arts Centre’s waterside location on Dubai Creek, a strand of the Centre’s program and collection will explore notions of confluence: spaces of coming together and exchange across geographies or temporalities, and the global historic and contemporary identities of port cities.
Museology: As a new independent arts institution, the Centre is invested in critically investigating modes of art production and exhibition making. Related programming will consider historical practices of museology; audience and artwork dynamics; forms of display; and revisiting regional art histories.
As part of the Art Writing and Research Commission, grantees will have the opportunity to reach out to Jameel Arts Centre’s extensive network of academic, arts and cultural organizations in the UAE and across the region.
Access to additional original research material, collections, archives or other sites of interest can also be facilitated.
In addition to leaving a material trace of the research at Jameel Library, awardees are expected to instigate, and participate in, public events at Jameel Arts Centre.
Located in Jadaf overlooking Dubai Creek, Jameel Arts Centre is a three-storey multi-disciplinary space designed by UK-based firm Serie Architects that includes over 1,200-square meter of dedicated gallery space, a 300-square meter open-access research center and library, flexible studio and events spaces, a restaurant and shop.