The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFAC has launched the open call for applications for the Visual Arts, Creative and Critical Writings, and the Arab Documentary Photography Program.

  • Visual Arts: The Visual Arts grant supports painting, sculpting, photography, installations, audio-video arts, publications (artist book or other publications) and multi-media works of a contemporary and innovative nature. The grant can support exhibitions, visual arts book publications as well as art production.
  • Creative and Critical Writings: The Creative and Critical Writings grant provides support to critical writings on the arts and culture, theatrical writings, children and youth literature (including both the adaptation of classical Arabic and international literature as well as original stories), graphic novel, short story, poetry, in addition to online publishing platform. The final product should be in Arabic language.
  • The Arab Documentary Photography Program: The Arab Fund for Art and Culture and the Prince Claus Fund in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in partnership with the Magnum Foundation in New York, USA, launched the Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) in 2014. The focus of the Arab Documentary Photography Program is to support compelling non-stereotypical and unconventional visual documentation of important social issues and narratives relevant to the Arab region. In recognition to the image’s power to document, educate and advocate, the ADPP will also explore ways by which documentary photography can reach out to wider audiences and engage with them in a compelling and impactful ways. Photographers may propose to work in a range of non-fiction narrative styles, from classic documentary photography to more experimental visual storytelling, and may propose to include audio and video elements.

 

Funding Information

 

  • Visual Arts and Creative and Critical Writings: The program provides annual grants ranging from a few thousand U.S. dollars up to a maximum of 20,000 U.S. dollars for individuals and teams and 35,000 U.S dollars for institutions and collectives.
  • AFAC’s Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP): Provides up to 12 production grants per cycle of 5,000 USD each.

 

Duration

 

  • Visual Arts and Creative and Critical Writings: The project’s time frame should not exceed 24 months.
  • Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP): The project’s time frame should not exceed 8 months.

 

Eligibility Criteria

 

  • Visual Arts
    • AFAC is open to receive project applications from all Arab individuals working in arts and culture. Project applications are accepted irrespective of age, years of experience, country of residence, ethnicity, gender or religion.
    • AFAC also accepts proposals from local, regional and international institutions whose projects are related to Arab culture. These include artistic, cultural, social and educational institutions, galleries, centers and organizations, governmental and non-governmental, that are engaging with contemporary Arab arts and culture.
  • Creative and Critical Writings
    • AFAC is open to receive project applications from all Arab individuals working in the fields specified above. Project applications are accepted irrespective of age, years of experience, country of residence, ethnicity, gender or religion.
    • Applications in this category can be also submitted by relevant Arab or non-Arab institutions (publishing houses, online literary platforms, …) as long as the final product is in Arabic.
  • Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP)
    • This grant is open to Arab applicants mainly those living and working in the Arab region, irrespective of age, years of experience, ethnicity, gender or religion. Exceptions are made for Arab applicants who had to flee their home countries during the past nine years (since 2012) due to political unrest. Their projects must however be related to the region.
    • Professional and emerging photographers are eligible to apply. Photographers who have not specialized in documentary photography will be considered as long as the proposed work is documentary in nature.
    • Technical familiarity with photography is required. Journalists or activists who have not had experience with photography are not eligible to apply.
    • Applicants must be comfortable using English for all communication and in person discussions. The workshops and communication will be conducted in English. Translation can be provided during the workshops.
    • Applicants must be independent, i.e. not currently working under any “work for hire” agreements, and should have full copyright ownership of the work they produce.

Post Date - 16-Feb-2021


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