Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC) is one of the world’s largest cultural developments. It consists of 4 museums: Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Space Museum, and Arabic and Islamic Science Museum. It also hosts a Fine Arts Centre, a Theatre, and a public space that includes outdoor exhibits, as well as cafes and restaurants.

ASCC Artist-in-Residence Program

The program provides residents with the time, space, and support to develop their practice and creatively explore new ideas. The mission of the program is to foster a sense of creative community, creating dialogue and interest around the resident’s practice, while encouraging community engagement. Residents are mentored by art professionals and curators, nurturing experimentation, research and creative development.

What does ASCC Artist-in-Residence Program Offer?

Studio Facilities

ASCC artist-in-residence program offers studio facilities throughout the residency period. There are 8 artist studios catered to different creative mediums. The studio spaces are shared between 2-3 artists, encouraging the exchange of ideas and creative practices.

All ASCC art studios are equipped with all the minimum required services for artists. All tools and equipment are to be provided by the artists.

Travel and Accommodation

Residents are expected to make necessary arrangements for travel and accommodation. ASCC Fine Arts Centre will provide an accommodation list, if needed.

Financial Support

Currently, ASCC does not provide any financial support for its residents. Funding may be secured through external grants and sponsorships.

Artist-in-Residence Expectations

The program is project-based residency available for a duration of 3-6 months.

ASCC encourages residents to develop their own work while interacting with ASCC programs. Residents will also be asked to create community and educational engagement activities.

An open house will occur every month during the residency to further community engagement.

Artists are expected to:

  1. Occupy the studio spaces regularly and productively, for a minimum of 15 hours per week.
  2. Develop and deliver bi-weekly workshops relevant to their residency project or creative practice.
  3. Develop and deliver talks or discussions relevant to their residency project or creative practice.
  4. Produce artwork for an end of residency exhibition at ASCC.
  5. Participate in the ASCC open house and studios events.
  6. Donate one artwork sample from the residency to be included in the ASCC art collection.

Selection Criteria and Application Process

Artists will apply through a year-round application process, with no deadline. Residents will propose a project, which will then be researched and developed during the residency. The result of the residency will be showcased in an end of residency exhibition.

We invite applications from local, regional and international artists. A committee, made up of top experts in the field, will select the artists through a round of interviews. Selections are based solely on the application submitted.

Artists will be selected based on:

  1. Completing the application form in full.
  2. Presenting a project that is innovative with significant impact on the Kuwaiti art community.
  3. Presenting a project that promotes the importance of creative and critical thinking.
  4. Presenting a comprehensive project proposal.