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In the heart of the Middle East, where the sands of time meet the cutting-edge of technology, a beacon of creative exploration is emerging. Diriyah Art Futures (DAF), Saudi Arabia’s pioneering arts, research and education centre, invites the next generation of artistic visionaries to embark on a transformative journey through its Emerging New Media Artists Programme.

Hassan Ali Al-Shatti. Courtesy Schiattarella Associati

Set against the backdrop of Diriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage site steeped in history and tradition, DAF stands as a testament to Saudi Arabia’s commitment to embracing the boundless possibilities of the future. Developed by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with Diriyah Company, DAF represents the region’s first institution dedicated to New Media and Digital Arts, serving as a catalyst for interdisciplinary creativity at the nexus of art, science and technology.

DAF believes in the power of collaboration, exploration and production to shape the future of art and humanity. Through the Emerging New Media Artists Programme, the centre offers emerging artists from around the world and particularly the Middle East and Noth Africa a unique opportunity to explore the frontiers of creative expression, guided by a team of prominent international digital artists and scholars. This one-year fully sponsored programme provides access to cutting-edge professional equipment, a production budget and a diverse array of multidisciplinary learning opportunities, including theoretical seminars, technical workshops and personal mentorship.

Collaboratively developed with Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains in France, the Emerging New Media Artists Programme embodies DAF’s goal to fostering innovation and nurturing the next generation of artistic talent. DAF invites artists aged 35 and younger, at graduate or postgraduate completion stage, with a passion for exploring new forms of digital and New Media Arts to join the team on this transformative journey.

Through the Emerging New Media Artists Programme, participants will gain access to state-of-the-art facilities, including dedicated exhibition spaces, technical labs and studios, where they can unleash their creative potential and push the boundaries of artistic expression. Moreover, DAF serves as a vibrant hub for cultural and knowledge exchange, welcoming prestigious artists, technologists and scholars alike from around the world to engage in dialogue, collaboration and exploration.

Aligned with Saudi Vision 2030, DAF aims to establish Saudi Arabia as a global centre for New Media and Digital Art, amplifying the voice of the region in the global art discourse. By fostering cross-cultural exchange and collaboration, DAF seeks to create a dynamic ecosystem that celebrates diversity, innovation and creativity.

If you are an emerging artist eager to chart new territories and embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and artistic exploration, DAF invites you to join them at Diriyah Art Futures. Together, let us unlock the creative futures that lie ahead and shape the course of art and humanity for generations to come.

Applications for the Emerging New Media Artists Programme close on April 29. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a groundbreaking initiative that is redefining the future of art. Apply now and become a catalyst for change in the ever-evolving landscape of contemporary art.

For more information and to apply, visit DAF’s website at https://daf.moc.gov.sa/en/.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/DAFmoc 

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Join us as we embark on a journey of creative discovery and innovation at Diriyah Art Futures.

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