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Misk Art Grant

An annual art grant

Misk Art Grant is an annual, pioneering initiative launched by Misk Art Institute in 2020 to support and promote emerging and mid-career artists and designers by offering them the opportunity to realize their dream projects. The first of its kind in the Kingdom, each edition of the Grant presents a theme, mentorship programs with curators, and specialists as well as technical support.

Misk Art Grant 2021 / 2nd edition

Applications closed

Misk Art Grant 2020 / 1st edition

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Misk Art Grant 2021

2nd edition

The Grant’s 2021 edition widens its geographic borders to include artists and designers from the Middle East and North Africa alongside Saudi nationals. Applicants are invited to submit proposals as groups or individual artists practicing visual art, painting, sculpture, photography, or multidisciplinary art.

Additionally, the Institute has doubled the Grant funds to 1,000,000 Saudi Riyals (USD 266,632). The chosen theme for the Grant’s second edition is UNDER CONSTRUCTION.


Grant theme for 2021

As our globalization efforts increase and begin to adopt new technologies and infrastructures, resulting in dramatic structural and cultural changes, we continue to learn, grow, and undergo rapid developments. As we move past western orientalist fantasies, the Arab region has morphed into reconstructed urban cities while looking for the balance between cultural homogeny and a holistic reconstruction of identity representation. In this sense, we have not told our full story yet, we are incomplete, ongoing, and the possibilities are endless. Prompting the question, are we still "under construction"?

The second annual Misk Art Grant's theme, 'Under Construction', derives from the symbolic state of Arab society as emerging cultural hubs concerned with perspective. In particular, how identity is perceived as an emblem of growth, continuity, and endless iterations of cultural representations throughout history. Artists and designers from the Middle East and North Africa are invited to address the theme as a process of displacement, repetition, distortion, and incompleteness in a time of synthesis, understanding, and promise for the future. As we attempt to reconfigure our identity within the Arab world's diverse framework, how can you reconstruct the understanding of your identity to encompass the notion of being ongoing or ‘under construction’?

Who is it for?

Visual artists working in traditional arts, applied arts, film, typography, architecture, textile design, furniture-making, stained glass, woodworking, metalworking, or other multidisciplinary art practice.


  • At least 1 years’ experience working professionally in the arts - this includes group and solo exhibitions as well as pursuing art sector opportunities.
  • Committed to the deadline given by the Institute.
  • Committed to participate in committee meetings and one-to-one mentorship sessions.

Terms & Conditions for Applicants

  1. The proposal must be exclusive to Misk Art Institute and Misk Art Grant.
  2. The artwork must be original and convey the 2021 theme UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
  3. The proposed creative project can be actualized.
  4. The artwork must be sustainable and not ephemeral as it will be displayed several times.
  5. The artwork must be produced within the duration of the grant, 4-5 months.
  6. The proposal must include approximate cost/budget breakdown that includes fees, material fees, and time frame for production.
  7. Incomplete proposals will not be accepted.

MAI accepts proposals in complete confidence and acknowledges that the information contained therein shall be shared and reviewed strictly by MAI and the appointed Misk Art Grant committee.

Misk Art Grant 2021 Committee

Reem Fadda
Reem Fadda

Director Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, and Curator of 6th Marrakech Biennale

Konstantinos Chatziantoniou

Head of Collections & Conservation at King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture.

Laila Alfaddagh
Laila Alfaddagh

Laila Alfaddagh has over 10 years’ experience in the cultural industry, including developing cross-cultural alliances. Such partnerships include the British Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Art Dubai. She was responsible for building the museum collection at Ithra, and overseeing the development of new exhibitions.

Myrna 2
Myrna Ayad

Art Advisor and Cultural Strategist.

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