Open call: Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium 2021

Open call: Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium 2021

Riyadh Art

April 23, 2021
Open call: Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium 2021

Submission deadline: May 7, 2021
Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium 2021: November 10–December 6
JAX District, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium (TISS) invites all stone sculptors of all nationalities with at least five years of experience exhibiting works to apply to participate in the symposium.

Entries can be submitted online from April 1–May 7, 2021 here.

Tuwaiq’s International Sculpture Symposium brings artists from different nationalities to create their art and showcase it, with an aim to expand the understanding and appreciation of international art, to educate and effect social change in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as to create a platform for intercultural dialogue. 

Riyadh Art continues to transform the city into a gallery without walls with the launch of TISS, its second initiative. The 27-day Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium (November 10–December 6) will bring together 20 international and Saudi artists to create public sculptures in a live setting. The theme of TISS 2021 is “The Poetics of Space,” exploring the connections between matter and emptiness, light and shadow. TISS invites participating artists to create mesmerizing sculptures that manifest poetry in motion and create their own space while being in harmony with the surrounding public realm of JAX District, Al Diriyah. The completed works will be exhibited for five days at the end of the symposium (December 2–6, 2021) before moving to various outdoor locations across the city. 

Applications are open to stone sculptors of all nationalities with at least five years of experience exhibiting works permanently or temporarily in outdoor spaces or galleries. An expert panel comprised of curator Ali Jabbar and five renowned members will review each application, and a final list of 20 artists will be commissioned to create new works at TISS. ​​

Applicants should submit all supporting material to tiss.invitation [​at​] with the subject line: “[Full Name] - Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium 2021.” ​

Applications should include: 
–Applicant Portrait
–Five (5) photos of previous stone sculpture works
–Digital images (JPEG format) of the white stone project proposal
–Digital images (JPEG format) of the black stone project proposal
–The Artist Open Call Invitation document with your signature in Appendix 1

​Honorarium and prizes
After the completion of the symposium, the curator Ali Jabbar and the expert panel and will select the best sculptures based on an artwork-selection criteria and award the final prizes as follows: ​​

1st Prize: 75,000 SAR ​
2nd Prize: 37,500 SAR
3rd Prize: 18,750 SAR​

Additionally, an honorarium of 37,500 SAR will be paid to every participating artist.​

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