Seen together, our activities are tools — artistic, discursive, logistical, and financial – for artists from the Arab world to use toward inventing new arts practices, arts organizations, and art publics.
The CONSORTIUM COMMISSIONS is a program of producing and presenting ambitious new art projects by emerging contemporary artists, in partnership with museums, art centers, theatres, and festivals. Each invited artist receives a production grant and presents their new work with two of the partners. For the first round, Mophradat has partnered with The Hammer Museum at UCLA in Los Angeles, Kunstencentrum BUDA in Kortrijk, Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, Next Festival Eurometropolis, MDT theater in Stockholm, Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto, and more. The artists are selected through a nomination process from within the partner network, and the first commissioned artists will be announced in December. More here.
The ART FELLOWS program is an eight-week full-time or twelve-week part-time training program at European art institutions for young Arab curators, arts managers, arts producers, and arts administrators living in the partners’ cities. It is intended to help them develop knowledge, skills, and professional networks. The partner organizations hosting Art Fellows in 2018 are Beursschouwburg in Brussels, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo in Madrid, CCA: Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, WIELS | Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, and Münchner Kammerspiele in Munich. Open calls will be announced through the institutions shortly. More here.
Our ART TIME RESIDENCIES see us partnering with several international organizations to provide residency opportunities for artists and writers to immerse themselves in different contexts. During the residencies they are able to focus exclusively on their practice, visit international exhibitions, performances and institutions, and meet a new art community. Our current partners are CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow and WIELS | Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels. You can find out more here.
We are also initiating ORBITALS, an annual program where three or four curators are selected through an open call to travel together to an international location determined by Mophradat for research and exchange. During the nine-day guided trip, the participants will meet and share their experience with peers in the art scenes they are visiting. The first trip is to Mexico in May 2018, and the related open call will be announced in December this year.
ACCOMPLICES is the new name of our annual event previously known as the Informal Meeting. Twenty artists, writers, and curators meet in a remote location to discuss questions about the present and future of their field and practices. The next Accomplices takes place in early 2018 with a focus on artists dealing with the experience of geographic distance from peers and audiences.
Our GRANTS FOR ARTISTS and PARTICIPATION GRANTS programs continue as usual. Grants for Artists is aimed at individuals, collaborations, or collectives seeking support for research or production. Participation Grants are for those invited to take part in a conference, exhibition, symposium, biennial, festival, or any other such non-commercial artistic activity, who need support for their travel. For both grants, institutions can also apply on behalf of the artists and open-ended activities can also be supported. More here and here.
And please keep an eye out for news of our occasional PUBLISHING and of the EVENTS we organize in Europe and the Arab world.