Sharjah Art Foundation Grants for Artists

Deadline: 31 January 2014
Open to: arts practitioners
Grant: $200,000 is available in this application cycle


Sharjah Art Foundation announces the 2014 Production Programme Open Call for grants to artists working in a range of media. Up to $200,000 is available in this application cycle.

The Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) Production Programme broadens the possibilities for the production of art in the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) region through a commitment to support innovation and excellence in artistic practice by encouraging risk and experimentation. This commitment places artists at the core of the Foundation’s mission by offering grants and professional support for the realisation of projects selected from an open call for proposals.

Arts practitioners are invited to propose imaginative, ambitious and inspirational projects that will transform our understanding of what art is and how it can be experienced. With this initiative we hope to engage and challenge the artists, our audiences and ourselves aesthetically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, politically or in ways new and unexpected.


Visual art proposals from artists, collectives and collaborative groups are welcome. These collaborations may be between visual artists and choreographers, composers, filmmakers, writers, curators, theorists or other professionals working in fields such as science or philosophy. You should be able to free yourself from any commitments that could hinder the production of your project, should it be selected.


In 2014 they are offering production grants to artists working in a range of media including sculpture, installation, time-based media, artist’s books and performance. Up to a total of $200,000 is available in this application cycle. The success of a proposal will be determined by merit rather than budget. To this end, projects with budgets that range from modest to ambitious scales will be considered.


Application Form – Please use the Application Form to tell about yourself and your proposal.
Collaborator Form – If your project is a collective effort, please use this form to tell about other members of your group.
Captions Form – Please use the Captions Form to provide details about your project materials

The submission deadline is 31 January 2014 and selections will be announced in March. The selected projects will be developed and produced by the artist and the Sharjah Art Foundation, with presentation of the completed project as agreed between the artist(s) and SAF.

If you have any further questions, please direct them to

Read the official call HERE and visit the official website HERE.

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