Win up to $100,000 with Ithra Art Competition 2020

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Win up to $100,000 with Ithra Art Competition 2020

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King Abdulaziz Center for world culture (Ithra) announces the call for participation in the third edition of its annual art prize is now open. This completion aims at funding unique artists in order to enable them to execute their artistic ideas and is distinguished by its rewards for winners, as it gives artists the opportunity to present their artworks, and to make it a non-separable part of Ithra's permanent collection.

Specifications of the Proposed Artwork:

  1. Should be brand new and exclusive to Ithra and Art Dubai fair.
  2. To be made of durable materials, as it will be exhibited more than one time, so it can't be perishable.
  3. To fit into shipping boxes, in order to be sent to Ithra, where it will be placed among the permanent collection.
  4. Not to weigh more than 500 kgs per square meter, and to have dimensions of 4 by 2.5 meters.

As for proposal and budget

  • The budget offered by Ithra should never be exceeded under no circumstances.
  • The proposal has to be detailed, in terms of project production and management expenses (artist's reward included), and schemes for all shipping, packaging, unwrapping activities in Dubai and Damam. Plus shipping from artist's domicile into “Art Dubai” Fair, then from there into Ithra center.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Participants should be Saudis or lived in Saudi Arabia for 10 years or more.
  2. The minimum age for an applicant is 18 years.
  3. Artists are allowed to participate individually or as a group, on the condition that only one artwork can be submitted by a given individual or group.


Funding for the winner to execute the proposed project in the amount of $100.000.

Required Documents:

  • Proposals must include a biography listing education, and if applicable, previous exhibitions and awards.

Proposals must include:

  • Artwork concept
  • Artwork title
  • Artwork medium
  • Artwork dimensions and weight
  • Installation plan - detailed report of how to display the proposed artwork
  • Supporting visuals of the artwork (sketches/ images)
  • Production timeline - detailed project schedule including milestones for all weeks leading up to Art Dubai in March 2020
  • The production timeline should include any travel and research required, as well as details of the production and shipping to Dubai.

About Ithra:

King Abdulaziz Center for world culture (Ithra) is a cultural center and hub for creatives. It works towards enriching Saudi society, through cultural programs and art fairs, that highlights Saudi talents within mainland or other countries. It's a part of Saudi Arabia's 2030 vision, and according to renowned TIME magazine, it's deemed one of best 100 go-to places around the world.

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United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Comoros, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
Country of residence
Saudi Arabia
Both gender
Art, Handcraft

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Anyone Interested
Full funding
Opportunity Coverage
Participation fees, Stipend/ Living allowance, Other
Opportunity will take place in
Required Documents
CV, others

Educational Conditions

Required Specialties
Art, Design, and Music
Educational Level
No Education Level is Required
Required Languages
No Language Required
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