Artist-in-Residence (A.i.R.) Dubai is an annual two month program run by Art Dubai, Delfina Foundation, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, and Tashkeel that offers artists (and one curator) the chance to spend a concentrated period in Dubai in the months leading up to Art Dubai.
According to the call for submissions put out last week by Art Dubai, A.i.R. Dubai is seeking applicants for 3 Emirati artists to join 3 international artists in its residence program. These artists will live and work together “in historic Al Bastakiya, in the heart of Dubai’s trading district alongside the Creek,” from January 7 to March 31, to coincide with the 7th edition of Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai and the SIKKA Art Fair. During this time, the artists complete site-specific commissions as part of the fair programs.
Additionally, the program, in collaboration with ArtAsiaPacific, invites 1 international curator interested in researching aspects of the Gulf. According to the Delfina website: “The selected curator will be an upcoming/mid-career curator from anywhere in the world, either working with an established institution (and able to take a sabbatical) or freelance. The jury will be seeking applicants who have demonstrated interest in the UAE/Gulf/Middle East with the capacity for in-depth research and writing. It is expected that the curator will use the opportunity to further develop links within and knowledge of the Gulf, with a view to working with artists based in, or ideas developed within, this region in the future.”
Joining the jury this year is guest juror Sarah Rifky, curator of Cairo’s Townhouse Gallery and one of documenta 13’s agents.