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Sharjah Art Foundation Production Programme

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Sharjah Art Foundation Production Programme broadens the possibilities for the production of art in the MENASA region by supporting innovation and excellence in artistic practice through the encouragement of experimentation and risk-taking. Placing artists at the core of its mission, the Foundation offers grants and professional support for the realisation of projects selected from an open call.

The past decade has seen an extraordinary rise in artistic activity throughout the Middle East, resulting in increased visibility for artists, both regionally and internationally. Within this context, Sharjah Art Foundation hopes to promote and encourage an environment of public and private patronage for the highest level of artistic endeavour. The Foundation’s Production Programme furthers this goal by supporting artists in their individual attempts to create meaningful and significant work.

Art practitioners are invited to propose imaginative, ambitious and inspirational projects that will transform our understanding of art and how it can be experienced. With this initiative, we at Sharjah Art Foundation hope to engage and challenge artists, our audiences and ourselves aesthetically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and politically.

In 2022, we are offering production grants to artists working in a range of media, including sculpture, installation, time-based media, artist’s books and performance. The success of a proposal will be determined by merit rather than budget, and projects with budgets ranging from modest to ambitious will be considered. A total of 200,000 USD is available in this application cycle. The submission deadline is 10 February 2022, and selections will be announced in March 2022. The selected projects will be developed and produced by the artist and Sharjah Art Foundation, with the time and place for the presentation of the completed project as agreed between the artist(s) and the Foundation.

The Production Programme was launched in 2008. Since then, more than 1,000 submissions have been received, 500 applications considered, and over 50 projects selected for production.

This document will give you the information needed to apply for the 2021 Production Programme. Please read it carefully before you complete the application forms. If you have any questions, please direct them to