International Micro-Residency: Weaving

01 - 31 May 2023

Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Center. Giza. Egypt


Application deadline: March 31, 2023

Duration: May 1 - 31, 2023


Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Center. Giza. Egypt

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A one-month intensive residency in Egypt focusing on traditional weaving crafts.

In collaboration with Ramses Wissa Wassef, Misk Art Institute is proud to host an Egyptian-based immersive textile weaving micro-residency. Located near the pyramids of Giza, the Ramses Wissa Wassef Arts Center was founded in the 1950s to preserve—while innovating upon the methods and techniques of—traditional weaving techniques of the region. This micro-residency thus invites artists interested (or already acquainted) with weaving to spend over four weeks at the center in Egypt to learn and practice the art of weaving with no distractions. 

What you will gain

  • A fully immersive, four-week, textile weaving micro-residency

  • Mentorship from weaving artists with 40+ years of experience 

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

  • Masterclasses, workshops, and lectures given by experts

  • Time and space to focus on developing unique weaving skills

  • A chance to work in a shared environment 

  • Access to resources and assistance for your research and final works

  • Chances to exhibit internationally through Misk Art Institute

  • Develop long-lasting contacts within the Egyptian arts community

  • New skills, inspiration, and techniques to incorporate within your practice 

Who’s it for?
Full-time Saudi visual artists who meet the some or all of the following criteria:

  • 3+ years of fine arts experience

  • 3+ years of exhibiting history

  • Actively practicing and engaging in the arts

  • Has an interest in textile/weaving art practices

The applicants must also be fully committed to prioritizing this one-month program, with no exceptions. 

Useful Information

In collaboration with Ramses Wissa Wassef, the micro-residency is a unique space comprised of workshops and showrooms; a pottery and sculpture museum; houses and farm buildings, constructed entirely of mud brick. The vaulted and domed mud brick structures represent something quintessentially Egyptian as these forms weren adopted in turn by Paranoiac, Coptic, and Islamic civilizations. The choice of this traditional technology also reflects the founder Wissa Wassef’s desire to transmit the values of handicraft to succeeding generations in a rapidly industrializing country and region.

  • Well rounded portfolio 

  • Full commitment to this one-month program

  • Roundtrip flight to Egypt, accommodation, and per diem

  • Studio space

  • Expert mentorship

  • Networking opportunities

  • All materials needed within program (loom, fabric, dyes, etc.)