Delfina Foundation

A.i.R Dubai

Launch of 2013 programme and open calls

We are happy to announce this year’s A.i.R Dubai residency programme for curators and artists run by The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Delfina Foundation, Art Dubai, and Tashkeel.  The residents (three Emirati artists, three artists from the Middle East and Asia, and an international curator-in-residence) are given the opportunity to showcase their work at Art Dubai during Art week in March.

In 2013, the residencies will run from January 7 to March 31, coinciding with the 7th edition of Art Dubai. We have launched open calls for applications for the Emirati artists and international curators. The international artists-in-residence however, will be selected through a nomination and jury process, with the four residency partners and our 2013 Guest Juror, Cairo-based curator Sarah Rifky.

Emirati artists can explore a range of media and disciplines spanning painting, mixed-media, sculpture, installation or video. The deadline for submissions is September 16, 2012: for more details please contact Dubai Culture (Phone +971 4 8004003 or e-mail  While curators living outside the UAE are encouraged to apply for the 2013 curator-in- residence position, which offers opportunities to carry out in-depth research, curatorial activities, and critical writing regarding the arts scenes of the UAE and the Gulf. Application forms and further details are available here.

The curator-in-residence programme is in collaboration with ArtAsiaPacific magazine.

About the guest juror 
Sarah Rifky studied Visual Art and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo and received her MFA in Critical Studies from the Malmö Art Academy, Lund University in Sweden. She has been Curator of the Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art since 2009 and has taught at the American University in Cairo and MASS Alexandria in 2010. She was an agent for Documenta 13 (2012) and is the founding director of CIRCA (Cairo International Resource Center for Arts).  She was the first DELFINA-FICA Fellow at Delfina Foundation in autumn 2011.

A documentary of A.i.R. Dubai 2012 can be viewed on our Channel.