Reminder: open call for applications to the Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium

Reminder: open call for applications to the Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium

Riyadh Art

View of the Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium 2019, JAX District, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Courtesy of Riyadh Art. 

May 3, 2021
Reminder: open call for applications to the Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium
Final week to apply
May 7, 2021
Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium: November 10–December 6
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Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium (TISS) once again invites stone sculptors of all nationalities with at least five years of experience exhibiting works to apply to participate. Curated by artist Ali Jabbar and with an expert panel comprising of leading figures in the international art world, TISS provides an unprecedented opportunity for sculptors worldwide to convene and produce a new work in Riyadh’s JAX district. Entries can be submitted here for one more week until May 7, 2021. 

TISS 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. 

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.

The 2021 expert panel includes: Cristiana Collu (director of National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy); Nicholas Cullinan (director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, UK); Yuko Hasegawa (artistic director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan); Marina Loshak (director of The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia) and Eike Schmidt (director of Uffizi Galleries, Florence, Italy). The panel, along with curator Ali Jabbar, 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 via the application form here.

Applications should include
–Applicant portrait
–Five (5) photos of previous stone sculpture works
–Digital images (JPEG format) of the white stone project proposal from different angles
–Digital images (JPEG format) of the black stone project proposal from different angles
–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.​

For more information, click here

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