Applications for the 2013 edition for artists are open. Deadline is : 31 March 2012
Announced in 2008, the Abraaj Capital Art Prize has completed 3 editions to date, with the fourth completed set of artworks due to be unveiled in March 2012 at Art Dubai.
The prize is unique for the following reasons:
It is the only art prize specifically for the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region.
It is the only art prizethat rewards proposals rather than completed works-of-art. The winning artists then go on to create the artworks.
It is aimed at curators and artists working together and not a single artist.
The aim of the prize is to empower potential and give often under-represented, contemporary artists from the vibrant MENASA region the resources to further develop their talent. The artists work with an internationally renowned curator. This collaboration allows them to tap the latest trends, while the prize gives them a global platform to showcase their works and their region. The prize reflects Abraaj Capital’s own investment philosophy, which is to take viable businesses with great potential, and create regional and global champions.
Following their unveiling at Art Dubai each March, the works go on to form part of the Abraaj Capital Collection and are exhibited in a variety of locations. To date, artworks have been shown in the UAE at Art Dubai, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the Maraya Arts Centre, Sharjah; in the US at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, in London at City Hall and in Italy as part of an official collateral exhibition of the 54thVenice Biennale ‘The Future of a Promise’. Winning artists and curators have gone on to be leading players in the emerging MENASA art scene.
- There is no age restriction for artists to apply.
- Neither gallery representation nor specific exhibition history of the artist is required.
- Artists must originate from (first generation) a country in the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa & South Asia) region, namely: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
- Nationality must be stated on the application.
- Place of birth must be stated on the application.
- Current country / countries of residence must be stated on the application [applicants are asked to identify their primary address].
- Time spent within the MENASA during the production time period is preferred, as is an active engagement with the region.
- Applications are only accepted by individual artists, not a group of artists; any artist who belongs to a group can apply individually as separate participants.
- Name / names of nominator/s should be stated on the application.