Masaha Residency Cycle 5

26 Feb 2023 - 10 Jun 2023

Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Arts Hall



Application deadline: 

Feb 1st, 2023


Feb 26th - Jun 10th. 2023


Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Arts Hall

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A three-month visual arts residency in the heart of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, focusing on the role of cultural tradition in the arts.

Misk Art Residencies aims to support artistic development and practice by promoting the possibilities of meaningful exchange between the local community and the global cultural landscape. The Masaha Residency is designed to cultivate the art sector by facilitating discourse, research, and experimentation around themes that concern the local community.

This year, the Masaha Residency will focus on bringing together emerging artists and Arabic writers to deliberate the topic of tradition. Tradition is an element that defines a society; it is coveted and practiced. It reflects cultural identity, collective values, and historical aesthetics. It is uniquely specific to a place yet simultaneously connected with surrounding geographies. And so, with so much change in the air, how do we preserve, conserve, and deploy it in our current moment?

In collaboration with guest curator Lulwah Al Homoud and three expert mentors, the fifth cycle of Misk Art Institute’s biannual Masaha Residency invites ten emerging visual artists and two Saudi Arabic writers to interrogate the means and methods of implementing their cultural traditions within the arts.

With a mix of local and international artists and experts, this residency asks if the discourse surrounding the history of traditional art requires interrogation; whether art can be utilized to safeguard cultural tradition; what artistic inspiration occurs through different cultural exchanges; and how to bridge the outdated narrative gap between tradition and innovation.

Program Structure

  • Weekly mentorship

  • Three sessions with a guest curator

  • Up to four masterclasses

  • Up to four workshops and lectures

  • Weekly lunches/meetings

  • Development of project and budget proposals

  • Up to four trips to cultural/historical sites in Riyadh

  • Public engagement through open studios and resident-led educational programing

  • Networking sessions via studio visits by veteran artists and art practitioners

  • Up to four crit sessions with external and internal collaborators 

  • Final group exhibition showcase, funded by Misk Art Institute


Who’s It For?
The Masaha Residency is open to 

Ten full-time emerging Saudi and international visual artists who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • 3+ years of fine arts experience

  • 3+ years of exhibiting history

  • Actively practicing and engaging in the arts

Two full-time Saudi Arabic art writers, preferably with professional writing experience—not creative writers.


Residents Will Gain

  • Time and space to focus on researching a new theme-related project

  • External and internal experts to advise, provide feedback, and critique your research and project

  • Long-lasting contacts within the Saudi and international arts network

  • Exposure to and from important members of the art community (such as artists, press, curators, etc.)

  • Group showcase exhibiting your new body of work

  • Professional development as an artist/writer 


Additional Programing For Writers 

  • Professional art writing development exercises

  • Writing one article about each of their fellow residents

  • An art writing project that engages critically with the theme "tradition"

Useful Information

The 3-month Masaha Residency is specifically designed to support 10 artists and 2 Arabic writers-in-residence to conceive and create pivotal art projects. The Residency is designed to allow artists to pursue new projects and ideas with the aid of cutting-edge supplementary programing to further their artistic development. The Masaha Residency supports regional, national, and international artists in the creation of new art, engaging with local communities towards global art practices and experiences.

  • Submit a strong project proposal that is on theme 

  • Full commitment to the three-month residency program including all the educational programing

The Three-Month Residency Program Offers:

  • Visas to Saudi Arabia, roundtrip flight, accommodation, transportation, and breakfast and dinner at accommodation site*
  • Generous research and production budget and a private studio space 
  • One-on-one mentorship with an art professional to help guide and develop project proposals
  • Masterclasses, lectures, and workshops
  • Group exhibition to showcase final projects
  • Marketing 
  • Local and international networking contacts from press, artworld, and more
  • Day trips to experience the artistic and cultural landscape of Riyadh
  • Opportunities to engage with the public through open studios and resident-driven education programing
  • Access to the Misk Art Institute alumni network
  • Chances to exhibit internationally through Misk Art Institute
  • Access to an extensive reference library (Prince Faisal bin Fahd Arts Hall)

*Only for those who are not based in Riyadh.