3 Apr 2024

Art Calls Emerging New Media Artists

Diriyah Art Futures Riyadh, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Diriyah Art Futures

Opportunity Description

International Deadline: April 29, 2024 – The Saudi Ministry of Culture has announced a call for applications for its ‘Emerging New Media Artists’ Programme, set to take place at the soon-to-open Diriyah Art Futures (DAF) centre. The programme, which is targeted at emerging creatives from within the region and beyond, provides emerging artists with access to cutting-edge professional equipment, a production budget, and a wide range of multidisciplinary learning opportunities, including personal mentorship from prominent international digital artists.

Designed in collaboration with Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains in France, DAF’s Emerging New Media Artists Programme is a one-year long programme supporting creative production training.

The programme is part of a wider partnership between the Ministry and Diriyah Company which will be launching Diriyah Art Futures as the region’s first centre dedicated to New Media Arts.

Applicants should be 35 years or younger, at graduate or postgraduate completion stage and have experience in developing and creating digital and new media arts. Candidates must have knowledge of spoken and written English.

Applicants can expect at Diriyah Art Futures an accessible space with exhibitions, screenings and dedicated technical labs for professional creation and innovative digital development. The centre will host throughout the year prestigious artists and international institutions engaged in new media and technology arts.

The first three months of the academic year will be a series of thematic and conceptual explorations offered by artists and theorists through seminars, lectures, screenings and workshops. Thematic topics will include:

  • Nature, Human and Non Human
  • Nature, Climate, Environment and Societal Transformation
  • The body and technological transformations of living beings
  • Migration, Post-colonialism and a critique of capitalism
  • Mapping Memory, the relationships between digital practices and the archive
  • Internet and the post-internet era
  • Global Modern and Contemporary Art and Arabic Regionalism

In the following six months, as emerging artists in the programme you will receive personalised mentorship from prominent artists, while you produce your artwork using the technologies offered by the Diriyah Art Futures labs.

The artwork you produce will be exhibited with Diriyah at Futures as a final curated and juried outcome of the one-year programme.

Interested candidates may find information, selection criteria and apply here.

Diriyah Art Futures is an arts, research and educational center driven by a belief in the power of interdisciplinary creative practice at the intersection of art, science, and technology.

Initiated by the Ministry of Culture of Saudi Arabia, in partnership with Diriyah Gate Development Company (DGCL), the center is a home for New Media Arts and a location for collaboration, speculation and production by creative communities from across the globe for research, documentation, and new work.

Diriyah Art Futures
3029 King Faisal Rd
Al Bujairi, 7719, Riyadh 13712
Saudi Arabia

Opportunity Categories: + Curatorial and + Open to Multi-Media. Opportunity Types: Art Calls and Residency. Opportunity Tags: $0 Entry/Application Fee, Deadlines 03 March thru April, Open to Artists Worldwide, and Special Opportunities. Benefits: *No Participation Fee, Education, Exhibition - Group, Exhibition - Solo, In-Kind Benefit, Residency, Stipend, and Studio Access.

Opportunity expires in 13 days.

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