OPEN CALL FOR ANNUAL CURATORIAL RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIP 2020 – DOHA – QATAR

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Opportunity Description

ARAK Collection, based in Doha – Qatar is inviting applications from Curators from Sub-Saharan Africa, this is an opportunity for Young and Mid-Career Contemporary Art Curators to be selected for their Annual Curatorial Residency Fellowship Program based at their Collection Exhibition and Research Space in Doha – Qatar.

The ARAK Collection Annual Residency Fellowship Program will host their first guest resident curator in 2020 with the aim of promoting better knowledge and understanding of Contemporary Sub-Saharan Art in the Middle East and Beyond through research of the part of the extensive work of their collection.

The resident guest curator is expected to research the collection with the intention of curating an exhibition and writing the exhibition catalogue at the end of the residency period, after in-depth research and the submission of a curatorial concept to be approved by the ARAK Collection Curatorial Advisory Committee.

The Residency Fellowship Program was created to support ARAK Collection’s Mission of developing and supporting young and mid-career artists and curators through promoting curatorial research, publications and exhibitions of their collection’s works. The exhibitions developed and produced by ARAK Collection aspire to be impactful and are all associated with relevant public programming.

The Residency Fellowship Program exhibition aim is to provide an encompassing view of artworks at ARAK collection, in particular by Sub-Saharan regionally based artists who are addressing critical issues relevant to the contemporary Sub-Saharan and international art world practices and discourse.

The final Residency Fellowship Program exhibition will first be inaugurated at the ARAK Collection Doha Exhibition and Research Space and is expected to travel to other locations in the Middle East and internationally, including Africa.

THE SELECTED CURATOR WILL DEVELOP THEIR WORK IN TWO PARTS:

  • research, firstly while in residence at ARAK Collection in Doha – Qatar, and after when traveling or back home.
  • followed by an exhibition based on the results and approved curatorial concept submitted to the ARAK Collection Curatorial Advisory Committee. A comprehensive exhibition catalogue (English and Arabic) is expected to be published and released at the exhibition opening.

THE USD 20,000 GRANT INCLUDES:

  • USD 5000 for research expenses and fees.
  • USD 15,000 to produce the exhibition and publish the catalogue.

ARAK Collection is an independent, Qatari-based initiative, that aims to promote through exhibitions, publications, research and educational programs, Contemporary Sub-Saharan African Art and Artists.

The collection is a resource for Artists, Curators and Researchers, it hosts in-house and travelling exhibitions, it also lends artwork to regional and international organizations, institutions and museums, producing print and online publications, and impactful public programs associated with the exhibitions it produces and hosts.

ARAK Collection is a public platform to foster critical dialogue around contemporary art practices with a focus on Sub-Saharan African Artists and educational programs that have an educational and developmental impact in the local community.

The collection consists of paintings, paper and prints of more than 170 young and mid-career artists of Sub Sahara African countries.

How to Apply

Applications and associated files are accepted by email only, sent to Fellowships@arakcollection.com, or by completing the online application form here.

The file must include the following :

  • a biography of the curator(s) (maximum 500 keystrokes), complete with training, research and contact details, and a portfolio (pdf) of various projects the curator has carried out or is working on.
  • a written statement of interest in the ARAK Collection Residency Fellowship Program and how it will contribute to the curator’s research and career interests and development. (maximum 3 000 keystrokes, word or pdf), an estimated research timetable and an estimated exhibition production timetable both for the exhibition and the catalogue.
  • a recommendation letter from a relevant artworld professional, with whom the applicant has worked closely is welcomed, but not essential.
  • The texts must be in English only.