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Art Jameel Research and Practice Platform

Art Jameel Research and Practice Platform

DEADLINE:7 June 2020

In response to the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the arts and creative sector, Art Jameel introduces a research and practice platform for independent practitioners. The programme is intended primarily for those who work on a per-project basis and whose practices have been affected by programme cancellations and project changes, locally or globally.


  • Applicants must be living and working in the MENA region at the time of application
  • Applicants should demonstrate that they are active in and committed to their local creative communities
  • Applicants should demonstrate integrity of purpose and originality of thinking in their work in general and in the projects they are proposing
  • Applicants should be an individual artist, writer, independent researcher or curator (or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble or group) and largely working independently; they should be unattached to or directly supported by universities, companies, institutions or organisations
  • Applicants with current, salaried ‘day jobs’ with companies, institutions or organisations may still be considered, should they demonstrate particular need or exceptional circumstance. This could include, for example, cases where applicants have witnessed a significant drop in primary income that supports their research and practice or have had to take involuntary unpaid leave affecting their arts practice.
  • Applicants affected by the cancellation of projects and programmes since March 1 or who have experienced a significant drop in upcoming opportunities as a direct result of COVID-19
  • Applicants with time-sensitive projects affected by cancellation of exhibitions and events


The Art Jameel Research and Practice Platform awards micro-fees of between $1000 to $2000; some projects showing exceptional scope and need may be awarded an extended allocation of up to $3000 (based on budget given in the application and jury discretion).


Applications are received in three cycles:

  • Cycle 1 concludes within a week from the launch of the application (deadline April 10, 2020)
  • Cycle 2 concludes within a month from the launch of the application (deadline April 30, 2020)
  • Cycle 3 concludes within three months from the launch of the application (deadline June 7, 2020)