Open Call for Annual Curatorial Residency Fellowship in Qatar

ARAK Collection, based in Doha – Qatar is inviting applications from Curators from Sub-Saharan Africa, this is an opportunity for Young and Mid-Career Contemporary Art Curators to be selected for their Annual Curatorial Residency Fellowship Program based at their Collection Exhibition and Research Space in Doha – Qatar.

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The ARAK Collection Annual Residency Fellowship Program will host their first guest resident curator in 2020 with the aim of promoting better knowledge and understanding of Contemporary Sub-Saharan Art in the Middle East and Beyond through research of the extensive works part of their collection.

The resident guest curator is expected to research the collection with the intention of curating an exhibition and writing the exhibition catalogue at the end of the residency period, after in-depth research and the submission of a curatorial concept to be approved by the ARAK Collection Curatorial Advisory Committee.

The Residency Fellowship Program was created to support ARAK Collection’s Mission of developing and supporting young and mid-career artists and curators through promoting curatorial research, publications and exhibitions of their collection’s works. The exhibitions developed and produced by ARAK Collection aspire to be impactful and are all associated with relevant public programming.

The Residency Fellowship Program exhibition aim is to provide an encompassing view of artworks at ARAK collection, in particular by Sub-Saharan regionally based artists who are addressing critical issues relevant to the contemporary Sub-Saharan and international art world practices and discourse.

The final Residency Fellowship Program exhibition will first be inaugurated at the ARAK Collection Doha Exhibition and Research Space and is expected to travel to other locations in the Middle East and internationally, including Africa.

 

RULES OF PARTICIPATION
1. PURPOSE

The Curatorial Residency Fellowship Program was created to support ARAK Collection’s Mission of developing and supporting young and mid-career artists and curators through promoting curatorial research, publications and exhibitions of their collection’s works. Curators are expected to propose new and innovative approaches to the ARAK Collection’s works and submit unprecedented exhibition proposals and associated publications.

2. APPLICATION

Applications and associated files are accepted by email only, sent to: Fellowships@arakcollection.com or by completing the online application form on here.

The file must include the following :

  • a biography of the curator(s) (maximum 500 keystrokes), complete with training, research and contact details, and a portfolio (pdf) of various projects the curator has carried out or is working on.
  • a written statement of interest in the ARAK Collection Residency Fellowship Program and how it will contribute to the curators research and career interests and development. (maximum 3 000 keystrokes, word or pdf), an estimated research timetable and an estimated exhibition production timetable both for the exhibition and the catalogue.
  • a recommendation letter from relevant artworld professional, with whom the applicant has worked closely is welcomed, but not essential.

The texts must be in English only.

3. RESEARCH & PRODUCTION

STAGE 1 — RESEARCH

  • Following the curators selection, the curator will receive a USD 5000 research grant, paid in monthly disbursements throughout the 6 months duration of the project as agreed with the ARAK Collection Curatorial Advisory Committee.
  • The budget and schedule will be submitted to the ARAK Collection team for approval.
  • The curator will have 4 months of research time, after which he/she will send a Curatorial Concept to the ARAK Collection Curatorial Advisory Committee, which will determine whether the project is feasible and can be organized as an exhibition (stage 2).

STAGE 2 — PRODUCING & ORGANIZING THE EXHIBITION

If approved, the project will enter the production stage, supervised by the ARAK Collection team.

 The USD15,000 budget, managed by the ARAK Collection team, includes:

  • designing, setting up and taking down the exhibition as well as for providing security.
  • invitation of the curator and, possibly, artists to Doha during opening week (and/or during the installation and public programing associated with the exhibition).
  • insurance
  • etc.

 The curator will:

  • select the works forming the body of the exhibition from the ARAK Collection
  • draft a Curatorial Concept presenting the selection of exhibition works
  • attend the exhibition opening week and participate in the associated public programming to be proposed by the curator and approved by the ARAK Collection team.
4. TIMETABLE

In view of the current COVID-19 Global travel restrictions and limitations on the movement of individuals across the countries benefiting from our Fellowships Program, a detailed Timetable will be announced after ARAK Collection announces the recipients of the Curatorial Fellowship to ensure it can be executed by the recipients.