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Fikra x Misk Art Institute

The Fikra Designer-in-Residence 2019 program is initiated and organized by Fikra in partnership with Misk Art Institute.

The Fikra Designer-in-Residence Program is an annual design residency program aimed at international and U.A.E. based designers who seek to conduct design research and delve into an experimental process of making. The program is designed to encourage the creation of new work and engage in intellectual discourse relating to contemporary design practice and visual culture.

The 2019 program provides 4 residents designers [2 from the U.A.E. and 2 from Saudi Arabia] with a unique opportunity to develop a self-directed design project, which will be exhibited in both countries after the completion of the residency.

*Duration of Residency*

The duration of the residency will be three months; from the 15th of September 2019 to the 13th of December 2019.

*Criteria for Applying*

Designers interested in the residency program should download and complete the Application Form found in the beginning of the page and provide a portfolio of work. Completed forms and supporting documents should be emailed to

The deadline to submit is on the 24th of August 2019. Once the application period has closed, a selection panel, made up of the organizers and other respected industry practitioners, will assess all the applications on a variety of criteria which shall include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Artistic merit and qualifications
  • Professional development and personal aspirations
  • Bilingual (Arabic and English)
  • Strong interest in Islamic Culture
  • Research based design projects

*Successful applicants will be notified on the 1st of September 2019.

Deadline for submission:

24 August, 2019

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