The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) has launched the call for applications for the Artist Support Grant, in solidarity with artists and independent cultural practitioners under confinement across the Arab region, and whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by the Coronavirus crisis.
The Artist Support Grant aims to extend support to affected independent artists with a one-time $3000 grant to support their artistic practice over a period of 3 to 6 months.
Envisioned as a sabbatical grant, the support is meant to accommodate new ideas for projects under confinement as well as ongoing efforts to strengthen artistic practices through research, reflections, and writings, taking into consideration the appropriateness of the project’s nature and medium to the grant’s amount and duration.
In order to maximize the benefit of the grant, artists are encouraged to apply with ideas that do not require a team effort nor an implementation plan that goes beyond 6 months.
As such, the grant will support:
- An original work than can be developed under confinement;
- The continuation of an existing work;
- Research or design phase of an upcoming project; and
- The adaptation of current practices and creative projects using new mediums of delivery or new technology.
- The support scheme aims to reach independent artists from and residing in the Arab region.This Grant does not replace AFAC’s on-going grants programs.
Applicants can still apply to the current open calls as well as to the Artist Support Grant. With the coordination efforts among the different organizations offering emergency funds, priority will be given to those artists who did not benefit from other existing emergency support schemes.
The support scheme will also prioritize artists who do not currently have an open grant from AFAC.
The grant amount is USD 3,000.
The Artist Support Grant targets Arab artists and practitioners living in the Arab region.
- A jury of three professionals evaluates the applications based on a demonstrable need for support, including a convincing short-term creative idea or continued project.
- There are no geographic- or gender-based quotas even though as with all AFAC jury processes, the jurors consider diversity and inclusion in their final selection.
- Additionally, with the coordination efforts among the different organizations offering emergency funds, priority will be given to those artists who did not benefit from other existing emergency support schemes nor have a current open grant from AFAC.Apply by 2nd July.
For more information and application details, see; AFAC Artist Support Grants