US$6,000 Grants for Artists to Support Art Projects from Mophradat 2020

US$6,000 Grants for Artists to Support Art Projects from Mophradat 2020



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Mophradat is lunching the Self-Organizations Grant; which is a program that aims to provoke inventive ways of working and collaborating. The program offers support to projects where different arts practitioners take the initiative and join forces to define a mutual resource or interest that’s important for their work and propose how to share or develop it. The overall purpose of the program is to incite productive conversations, encourage the development of bespoke protocols for collaboration, and push for new art experiences to take place. Eventually, through different experiments with self-organization, the value of collective sharing and generosity amongst arts communities may show itself to be more relevant than funds and structures. The program will involve a diversity of participants working according to the specific guidelines below in order to try different formats and methodologies. 

Project Types:

For this launch edition, Mophradat proposes a preliminary set of project types, and this open call is reaching out to those interested in self-organizing under this program. The program will support projects by informal groups or collectives across four different categories as follows:

  • Informal Co-ops: Rather than replicating the same individual remedy for needs that are common, this program supports imaginative practical solutions for a mutual concern of a group. A minimum of four practitioners needs to take the initiative to come together and identify a resource that they can share for a period of six months to one year, which can help them develop their own work. Examples include but are not limited to: a shared work studio, a music PA system, a video editing suite, a 3D printer, or hiring an assistant for the group. It is necessary that all the collaborators are involved from the start, and articulate their need for this specific resource for their own practice. Grant Amount: A maximum budget of US$6,000 will be available to cover the cost of this shared resource for approximately two selected proposals, starting from December 1, 2020, for no more than one year.
  • Private Audiences: As the use of public spaces and access to institutional venues becomes increasingly difficult, this program wants to make sure that practitioners can continue presenting and engaging with audiences. The program is designed for those interested in organizing art events in domestic and workplaces or other temporary private locations, where people can come together in small groups of peers, neighbors, friends, family, etc. The organization of the event must involve at least three people working collaboratively as curators or presenters, and can be a one-time event or a series that presents for example, but not limited to: a small exhibition, a performance, a dance piece, a concert, etc. Grant Amount: A maximum budget of US$1,000 will be available to realize the event/s for approximately three selected proposals, which can take place between December 1, 2020, and May 1, 2021.
  • Topical Assemblies: This program supports access to specialized intellectual or vocational knowledge where formal structures or public platforms for such learning are lacking. This category is for a group that wishes to come together and organize a collective discussion such as a seminar or workshop, on a specialized topic of their interest. Depending on the needs, this can be online or in-person, with or without invited guest speaker/s, however, it must have a committed group of at least four people to develop it together. The assembly can be public or limited to the group. Grant Amount: A maximum budget of US$1,500 will be available for approximately two selected proposals, for activities that can take place between January 1 and May 1, 2021.
  • Your Ideas: This program is also open to ideas that Mophradat has not considered and falls under the notion of self-organization. Mophradat is keeping this category open to hearing from potential participants on what they want to initiate as part of this program. The proposal must be made by at least three collaborators, and the budgets will be determined by the specificity of the proposal but should not exceed US$4,000. One proposal will be supported in this category, and the timeframe will be agreed upon based on the proposal’s specific needs.

*Due to the volatility of the current Covid19 crisis, if you are invited to participate in the Self Organizations program, then you commit to conforming your project to the prevailing sanitary advice and taking any needed precautions.

Eligibility Criteria:

Special Criteria:

  • Arts practitioners from all disciplines and stages of their careers are welcome to apply.
  • Priority will be given to proposals taking place within the Arab world.
  • Institutions or already existing projects are not eligible to apply.

General Criteria:

  • Be complete (all documents requested are submitted);
  • Be related to a field of contemporary arts (all disciplines are welcome);
  • Be for a contemporary art activity or project by artists or other arts practitioners from or living in the Arab world, or be relevant to the region;
  • Be realized by professional artists and/or other arts practitioners (such as curators, critics, writers, etc.) who have been active in their field for a number of years;
  • Be ambitious and demonstrate an awareness of artistic concerns;
    Involve no commercial activity or organization;
  • Be devoid of any intention to promote intolerance, violence, patriarchal worldviews, or any form of discrimination based on ability, age, gender, nationality, origin, race, religion, or sexuality;
  • Not work against Mophradat’s mission and values.

Selection Process:

Mophradat’s team in collaboration with two external advisors will evaluate the applications based on how they align with the objective of the program.

  • All applicants, whether selected or not, receive a response to their applications by November 15, 2020.
  • Shortlisted participants will be invited for an online conversation to elaborate on their application before the final selection is made.
  • As Mophradat often receive a high volume of applications, Mophradat does not provide individual feedback explaining why an application was not selected.
  • On selection, an agreement will be signed between the recipient and Mophradat.
  • Project participants will be asked to commit to providing a narrative report at the end of their project to let Mophradat know what happened, helping them understand their experience of the project, and how it fulfilled (or not) the overall objective of the program.

About Mophradat:

Mophradat is a Belgian association and its office is in Brussels. It was founded in 2004 as the Young Arab Theatre Fund (YATF), and in 2015 changed its name to better accommodate and reflect its evolving mandate and scope of activity. Also, it is an international nonprofit contemporary art association that creates opportunities for thinking, producing, and sharing among contemporary artists from the Arab World and their peers everywhere. Mophradat sees its activities as tools—artistic, discursive, logistical, and financial—for artists and cultural thinkers to use toward inventing new art practices, arts organizations, and art publics. Mophradat believes the content—ideas, artworks, and relationships—generated through its activities contributes to diversifying the artistic and intellectual ecology; making it more vital and compelling, and able to play an emancipatory role in the Arab World and elsewhere.

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