Applicants must originate from one of the 22 Arab countries, or be based in one of the 22 Arab countries for a minimum of 10 years (Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen).
Applicants must be over the age of 18.
Applications are accepted from individual artists as well as collectives and are limited to one artwork proposal per artist / collective.
The proposal should be of a new, original work, exclusive to Ithra.
Proposals should not be part of an existing series of work (same idea, concept and methodology).
Applicants must submit all mandatory documents on the online application form.
If any of these criteria is not met, the application will not be eligible.
Guidelines and Requirements:
The artwork must be sustainable and not ephemeral as it will be displayed several times.
The work must be able to fit into crates and be transported to and reinstalled at Ithra, where it will become part of the permanent collection.
The project should not exceed SAR 375,000 ($100,000). Applicants must include a detailed budget breakdown including; research, travels, production, shipping, insurance and project management.
Applicants must include a production timeline from the point of conceptualizing and research to the delivery of the artwork to Ad-Diriyah Biennale in Riyadh. The production timeline should include any travel and research required, as well as details of the production, and shipping.
The proposal must be in line with the size (4 x 2.5m) and weight restrictions (500kg per square meter).
The winning artist or collective must produce and deliver the artwork in time for its revelation at Ad-Diriyah Biennale, which will take place in December 2021.
Selected artwork must be completed and shipped to Riyadh and then to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
Launch of the open call for submissions – June 16, 2021
Close of Submission Process - August 16, 2021
Jury Meeting at Ithra – August 25, 2021
Announcement of the winner – August 30, 2021
Artist produces the artwork from September 1 until November 25, 2021
Artists sends the work to Riyadh on November 26, 2021
Unveiling of the artwork at Ad-Diriyah Biennale on December 7, 2021