01 Jun 2023 - 01 Dec 2023
01 Jun 2023 - 01 Dec 2023
04 Dec 2022 - 16 Mar 2023
The Misk Art Grant is an annual initiative created to support, promote, and assist emerging and mid-career artists and designers who work across several media in realizing their dream projects. The first of its kind in the Kingdom, each year the Grant presents a theme and offers selected recipients opportunities to improve artistic practices by working closely with a selection of curators and mentors.
This year the Misk Art Grant theme asks artists from the Middle East and North Africa to reflect upon notions of tradition, of an Arab’s society's inherited rituals, practices, stories, and ways of thinking, that have changed over time. How can we safeguard our traditions and ancient customs in the contemporary world?
The social and cultural codes have transformed over recent years and adapted to changing socio-economic and environmental conditions. Artists are asked to explore traditions that rely on understanding the interplay between the larger shared history of the region and the dynamic regional and local identities that make this a culturally rich and diverse area of the world.
Misk Art Grant Objectives:
The Grant champions artistic research by providing funding and access to mentorship. Grant recipients are able dedicate time and effort to creating works that tackle the chosen thematic focus while also expanding ongoing dialogs.
In short, the Grant:
Provides funding opportunities for emerging and mid-career Saudi and Arab artists
Provides technical and conceptual advice and support from mentors
Aims to enhance the quality of local creative production
Provides the opportunity for recipients to engage with and become a part of the regional art scene
Looks to encourage the production of regional artworks
Allows artists to experiment with novel and innovative ideas
Who’s it for?
Emerging and mid-career visual artists from the MENA who have previously participated in solo or group exhibitions, residencies, and/or participated in international galleries.
The Misk Art Grant Structure:
Grant recipients are given an orientation meeting welcoming them to the program and answering any lingering questions. Once contracts are signed, a kick-off meeting is arranged where recipients meet with from selection committee to discuss their project and how it can be developed. Committee members are assigned to each artist based on the expertise needed to support them and develop their work, whether conceptually, technically, or aesthetically.
Breakdown of sessions
Kick-off meeting: Welcoming meeting with the grant recipients and the committee members
Session One: Recipients present their initial proposal for feedback from the mentors
Session Two: Give constructive feedback to the artists on their progress
Session Three: The artists present the final stage of the artwork with final comments from the mentors
Recipients are offered additional educational programing, which include masterclasses, and one-on-one sessions with mentors. The overall program aims to help enhance the artist's skills, inspire them, and develop an art community.
Previous Grant Recipients:
2020: Muhannad Shono, Alaa AlGhufaili , Saad AlHowede, Ayman Zedani, and Hmoud AlAttawi
2021: Rashed AlShashai, Obaid AlSafi, Mishari AlNajjar, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Basmah Felemban, Latifa Saeed, Afra AlDaheri, Noor Alwan, and Mira AlMazrooei and Jawaher AlMutairi
2022: Abdulmohsen AlBinali, Athoub AlBusaily, Juri AlFadhel, M’hammed Kilito, Rawdha AlKetbi, and Zeinab AlHashemi
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