Mophradat’s Arts Fellows program is a twelve-week part-time training program at an international art institution. The program is for young curators, arts managers, arts producers, and arts administrators of the Arab diaspora in and outside of the Arab world (including recent migrants and refugees). It enables them to develop their knowledge, skills, and professional networks in their adopted context.
Eligible fellows will have been living in the city where the program is taking place for no less than a year and speaks a local language. Mophradat provides each Art Fellow with a stipend during the program. (Please note that this opportunity is not a residency program for artists.)
Since its launch in fall 2017, the program has included partnerships with institutions including Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, Beursschouwburg in Brussels, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo in Madrid, CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Contour in Mechelen, Münchner Kammerspiele in Munich, OFF Biennale in Budapest, Portikus in Frankfurt, and WIELS | Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels.
Mophradat has three new partner institutions for the winter 2019 in Athens, Cairo, and Istanbul:
Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) in Cairo – a cultural institution with a special interest in the overlap of visual culture, artistic practice and critical discourse. CiC’s activities combine education and knowledge exchange, exhibitions and gatherings that allow for shared experiences of seeing, reading, listening and talking to each other as well as research, on and offline resources, a public library and a range of image production facilities. Based on a practice situated in the specific local context of Cairo, CiC forges connections with lines of enquiry, practices, works of art, individuals and organizations in the region and beyond.
SALT in Istanbul – a not-for-profit cultural institution in public service, engaging in research, exhibitions, publications, web projects, conferences and other public programs in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey. SALT was founded as a post-departmentalized institution which does not prioritize any period, discipline or object-based practice, with the aim to channel content and substance into a broader discussion. SALT explores critical and timely issues in visual and material culture, and cultivates innovative programs for research and experimental thinking.
State of Concept in Athens – which is the first non-profit institution with a permanent location and a yearly program to operate in Greece. Founded in 2013 by art critic and curator iLiana Fokianaki, it is an independent platform aiming to foster the appreciation for local and international contemporary art, and the growth of artistic and curatorial practice. Operating as a bridge between Athens and the international contemporary art scene, its core interest is to bring to the fore artistic practices that question the current social, economic and political phenomena of Europe and beyond.