Tashkeel is proud to launch the call for applications for the Critical Practice Programme 2020. The Critical Practice Programme offers studio support, critique and production for practicing contemporary artists living and working in the UAE up to one year. The programme generally culminates in an exhibition, publication or other digital/physical outcome. Each artist’s programme is carefully constructed and built around the individual’s practices and/or areas of research.

Tashkeel works with the artist to identify a key mentor to both build, challenge and guide them through the programme. This mentor can be an artist, curator, critic or arts professional with whom the artist feels both comfortable working but also, whose own area of research and/or practice ties in with the proposed programme and focus areas. Ongoing participant updates are posted via a blog on the Tashkeel website at key points in the programme.

In short, the aim of the programme is to provide the artist with sustained support to develop their work in an environment that encourages progressive experimentation, cross-disciplinary exchange and cross-cultural dialogue. Outcomes feed into the Tashkeel annual programme.


Who is eligible to apply?

  • Over the age of 21 as of December 2019
  • Working in any discipline(s)
  • Not yet represented by a gallery
  • Hold a third level qualification or equivalent experience
  • Committed to pursuing a self-directed programme of development Interest in delivering talks, workshops or other forms of public engagement
  • A strong portfolio demonstrating sustained investigations into specific themes and/or topics

Submission procedure

Applicants are required to submit by 10pm on Thursday 10 October 2019 the following to [email protected] with ‘CRITICAL PRACTICE PROGRAMME 2020: [YOUR NAME]’ as the subject:

  • Completed application form (including statement outlining approach and influences; highlighting areas applicant wishes to explore during the programme)
  • Biography/CV
  • Images of 6-10 recent works (JPEG, 300DPI) sent via wetransfer.com or other labelled ‘CPP 2020 – [YOUR NAME]’

Selection process

All applicants will be notified by 30 October 2019. The selection panel’s decision is final and no correspondence shall be entered into.

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