May 2, 2010 - Sharjah Art Foundation - Production Programme Calls for Submissions
May 2, 2010

Production Programme Calls for Submissions

Photo By Alfredo Rubio

In The Background: 
Dan Perjovschi, I Draw, 2007

Commissioned & Produced By Sharjah Biennial 8

Production Programme:
Open Call For Submission

PO Box 19989 Sharjah
United Arab Emirates
productionprogramme [​at​]

The Sharjah Art Foundation will be accepting submissions for the Production Programme Open Call until June 1, 2010. This funding cycle will offer three artists grants of up to 100,000 USD for the realisation of individual projects.

The Sharjah Art Foundation Production Programme broadens the possibilities for the production of art in the MENASA region through a commitment to support innovation and excellence in artistic practice by encouraging risk and experimentation. This commitment places artists at the core of the Foundation’s mission by offering grants of up to 100,000 USD and professional support for the realisation of projects selected from an open call.

The past decade has seen an extraordinary rise in artistic activity throughout the Middle East, resulting in an increased visibility for artists both regionally and internationally. Within this context, the Foundation in its overall mission hopes to promote and encourage an environment of public and private patronage for the highest level of artistic endeavour, while this programme focuses on supporting artists in their individual attempts to create work on a scale they have perhaps never imagined possible.

Arts practitioners are invited to propose imaginative, ambitious and inspirational projects that will transform our understanding of what art is and how it can be experienced. With this initiative we hope to engage and challenge the artists, our audiences and ourselves aesthetically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, politically or in ways new and unexpected.

In 2010 we are offering up to three production grants to artists working in a range of media including sculpture, installation, time-based media, artist’s books and performance. Submissions will be accepted between 1 April and 1 June 2010 with the selections announced in early October. The selected projects will be developed and produced by the artist and the Sharjah Art Foundation with presentation of completed works in 2011 and 2012.

The Production Programme was originally launched in 2008 in recognition of the need for funding to allow artists to work free from economic and political constraints. Over 500 submissions were received, 230 applications were considered and 28 projects selected for production.

For further information and applications please visit the or contact

Sharjah Art Foundation

Sharjah Art Foundation
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