Sharjah Art Foundation Production Programme 2012

Deadline: 24th of February 2012
Open to: artists working on projects with relevance to the MENASA region
Grants: a total budget of 200,000 $


The Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) Production Programme broadens the possibilities for the production of art in the MENASA region by supporting innovation and excellence in artistic practice, encouraging risk and experimentation. The Foundation offers grants and professional support for the realization of projects selected from an open call for proposals.


SAF welcomes visual art proposals from artists, collectives and collaborating groups. These collaborations may be between visual artists and choreographers, composers, filmmakers, writers, curators, theorists or other professionals working in fields such as science or philosophy.
You should be able to free yourself from any commitments that could hinder the production of your project, should it be selected.
Proposals can be made for any kind of media, including time-based media, installation, sculpture, artist books or performance. While we have not set a specific theme or criteria, we are looking for work that relates to or that can be of relevance to the Middle East North Africa South Asia (MENASA) region. This should not be taken in a strictly literal sense, but rather as an opportunity to undertake an ambitious project with a broad philosophical or inspirational approach. SAF is seeking for proposals that can engage or challenge the artists and our audiences on a variety of levels, whether aesthetic, intellectual or political.
The project must be a new project in the phase of preparation and its production time frame should not exceed 12 months.


In 2012 SAF is offering production grants to artists working in a range of media including sculpture, installation, time-based media, artist’s books and performance. Up to a total of $200,000 is available in this application cycle. The success of a proposal will be determined by merit rather than budget. To this end, projects with budgets that range from modest to ambitious scales will be considered. The submission deadline is 24 February 2012 and selections will be announced in March. The selected projects will be developed and produced by the artist and the Sharjah Art Foundation, with presentation of the completed project as agreed between the artist(s) and SAF.

Access the application form, the collaborator form – in case the project is a collective effort -, and the  captions form here.

The Official Website

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