Art Jameel has a longstanding interest in commissioning artists to make new works, often for the public realm, as well as in media or situations that further their ongoing artistic practice. In 2017, Art Jameel launched a commissioning programme anchored at Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai, UAE. The programme was planned to run in a 3-year cycle, focusing on Sculpture (2018); Arts Writing and Research (2019); and Drawing and Painting (2020). With 2020 proving to be a year of exceptional circumstance, the programme has been adjusted and expanded to include a new iteration of Art Jameel Commissions: Digital.
Through an open call, Art Jameel is inviting artists to respond to the brief for this exciting opportunity – specifically, artists from or based in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey and those around the world (regardless of nationality) who have sustained and demonstrable links to, and a meaningful understanding of, the wider ‘Middle East region’. Applicants may originate from the region, reside either in the region or diaspora, and/or have contributed to the various cultural scenes across this diverse and nuanced region.
An eminent jury will discuss the applications received and select a work to be commissioned and produced. Jury members include: Nadim Samman, Curator for the Digital Sphere, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Finnish digital and organic media artist Jenna Sutela; and publisher and Chief Technology Officer at the Serpentine Galleries, London Ben Vickers. The 2020 commission also provides an opportunity for mentoring by technical experts from MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL).
Deadline for submissions: 10 June 2020.
For more information, visit Jameel Arts Centre.
Cover image: View of Jameel Arts Centre from across Dubai Creek. Courtesy of Art Jameel. Photo: Rory Gardiner