Open call: The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017

The Abraaj Group, United Arab Emirates
Deadline: 10th July + 11th August

Open call: The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017

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The Abraaj Group has announced that applications are now open for the ninth edition of the Abraaj Group Art Prize, the most significant art prize of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

Artists from these regions are invited to apply with a proposal for an original, unrealised work that will be revealed at Art Dubai 2017, which takes place March 15-18, 2017. Following an intensive jury process, one winning artist will be awarded a 100,000 USD prize to create a major new commission. Three shortlisted artists will also be chosen to receive a cash prize of 10,000 USD and each showcase their work alongside the winning commission in a thematic exhibition. Apply as an artist by August 11, 2016.

Experienced international and regional curators are also invited to apply to become the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017 Guest Curator, a dynamic role that includes curating the group exhibition at Art Dubai 2017 and producing an accompanying publication. Apply as a curator by July 10, 2016.

Following the 2017 exhibition, the winning commissioned work will become part of the Abraaj Group Art Collection. In keeping with the aims of the prize, the team seeks opportunities year-round to tour and present works worldwide in exhibitions, museum shows, biennials and other events. Over the past nine years, commissions by artists participating in the Prize have been exhibited across 5 continents, 11 biennales, 31 institutions and 25 countries, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art (Washington, D.C), Sharjah Biennial, Kochi-Muziris Biennale and Biennale of Sydney.

The 2016-17 Abraaj Group Art Prize jury is made up of renowned international museum curators and directors. It is chaired by Dubai-based curator and patron Dana Farouki and is comprised of Defne Ayas, Director and Curator of Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art; Antonia Carver, Director of Art Jameel; Nav Haq, 2016 Guest Curator of the Prize; Fayeeza Naqvi, Founding Trustee, Aman Foundation; Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at Serpentine Galleries; Sandhini Poddar, art historian and Adjunct Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Frederic Sicre, Managing Director, The Abraaj Group.

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