Masaha Residency Cycle 6

17 Sep 2023 - 03 Dec 2023

Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Arts Hall



Application deadline: 

June 30, 2023


Sep 17 - Dec 3. 2023


Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Arts Hall

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Conceptualize the Future Through Tradition

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 cycle of Masaha Residency invites artists to interpret the future of tradition through visual art, conceptualizing imagined futures of the Kingdom, the region, and the world. 

Art movements such as Afro, Gulf, and Arab Futurism have attempted to visualize future generations through a complex web of well-informed speculations. Can we imagine new technologies informed by traditional cultural practices? Can we create innovative urban landscapes inspired by materials used by ancestors? Can we revise and alter current visualizations of the future to pick up the pace of today’s world?

In collaboration with a guest curator and expert mentors, the sixth cycle of Misk Art Institute’s biannual Masaha Residency invites ten emerging visual artists and two Saudi Arabic writers to consider possible transformations that might shape the future. 

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 "Traditions of the Future"

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.