Artistic development in the Middle East has been given further vigour with the launch of two new arts foundations.
The first is Alserkal Arts Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to fostering artistic development in Dubai, and to creating cross-cultural exchange between local and international artists and scholars.
Alserkal Arts Foundation says it will “offer cultural practitioners – either based in Dubai, or whose practice critically investigates themes pertinent to the region’s artistic community – opportunities for research, scholarship and artistic production, through its four core initiatives: public art commissions, residencies, research grants and educational programmes”.
The foundation was launched by Emirati businessman and cultural patron Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, who said: “Today we cement our commitment to fostering artistic development in the region and beyond. When I founded Alserkal, I wanted to make a meaningful contribution to arts and culture in the UAE and in the region.”
Alserkal Arts Foundation will serve as the non-profit arm of Alserkal, providing a formalised structure for activities such as Alserkal Residency and the annual public art commissions, as well as developing new initiatives that promote discourse in Dubai.
Submissions for 2020 grants will open on 1 October 2019 and remain open until 31 January 2020, with the first grant recipients set to