Artists Fellowships is a three-months paid assistantship program for young artists and curators to work with more experienced professionals or with an established institution. The aim is for younger artists and curators from the Arab world to be able to learn through a hands-on assistantship to learn more about the professional art making world through close exchange with their hosting artists and their institutions to get to know their practice and be introduced to skills, networks, resources, and communities in their field. The fellowships follow a clear job description and schedule provided by the hosting artist, who also commits to engaging in a conversation with the fellows about their practices. The fellows are provided with a grant from Mophradat to support the fellowship period.

A pilot edition was set up in Fall 2021, with the participation of the following artists: Abdullah Hussein to work with Salma El Tarzi, Esraa Elfeky to work with Rana Elnemr, Ghiwa Haiby to work with Petra Serhal, Rania Barhoumi to work with Radouan Mriziga, and Reda El Toufaili to work with Ali Cherri.

A second edition of Artists Fellowships was launched in Fall 2022, with the participation of the following artists: Mahmoud Khattab working with Nadia Mounier, Areej Ashhab working with Jumana Emil Abboud, Oumaima Abaraghe working with Laila Hida, Nour Osseiran working with Beirut Art Center, and Ahmed Elkadi working with Dox Box.

This program is part of our project “Future Acts”, which is partially supported by the Federal Foreign Office, Germany.

The 2021 edition was part of our project “Distinct Voices”, which was partially supported by the Federal Foreign Office, Germany.