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Terms and Conditions

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must originate from Saudi Arabia or be based in Saudi Arabia for at least 10 years.
  • 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 for a new, original work, exclusive to Ithra and Art Dubai.
  • Proposals should not be part of an existing series of work (same idea, concept and methodology).
  • Applicants must submit all documents requested on the online application form.
  • Applicants that fail to comply with any of the criteria mentioned above will be automatically disqualified.

Proposal Submissions

  • Artists must submit their application through Ithra’s website. Physical proposals will not be considered.
  • Proposals must include a professional portfolio in PDF format with a minimum number of five artworks including captions, images and descriptions.
  • Proposals must include a biography listing education, and if applicable, previous exhibitions and awards.
  • Proposals must include:
    o Artwork concept
    o Artwork title
    o Artwork medium
    o Artwork dimensions and weight
    o Installation plan - detailed report of how to display the proposed artwork
    o Supporting visuals of the artwork (sketches/ images)
    o Production timeline - detailed project schedule including milestones for all weeks leading up to Art Dubai in March 2020
    o The production timeline should include any travel and research required, as well as details of the production and shipping to Dubai.


  • The proposed artwork should not be ephemeral (the physical status of the artwork shall be permanent and not to be displayed only once).
  • The work needs to be able to fit into crates and be transported to Ithra, where it will be part of Ithra’s permanent art collection.
  • The proposal must be in line with the size (4m x 2.5m) and weight restrictions (500kg per square meter).
  • Artwork should be completed and shipped to Dubai in time for Art Dubai.

Artwork Budget

  • The proposal must consider a budget that does not exceed SAR 375,000 (US$ 100,000).
  • The proposal must include a detailed breakdown of the budget. The breakdown must consider all production costs, project management (including artist fee), insurance for all transportation, packing and unpacking in Dubai and in Dammam, as well as shipping from the point of origin to Art Dubai and from Art Dubai to Ithra.