Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Centre 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.
Artists’ residencies have become intrinsic to many artistic careers. They play an important role in facilitating and catalyzing artists’ abilities to move across the world. They have also evolved into important elements in the (local) contemporary art scene connecting the local with the global art world.
The artists participating in residency programs build bridges between countries and cultures contributing to cultural diversity. Artists’ residencies are an invaluable collaboration to short-term cultural exchanges, as they permit artists to develop a deeper understanding of their host societies and cultures. At the same time, they create opportunities for giving insights into the cultural background of each participating artist’s own background. Consequently, artistic and cultural exchange and cooperation through residency programs can increase understanding between countries and cultures.
ASCC artist in residence program provides artists with time and space to develop work and creatively explore new ideas. Artists are mentored by curators and other art professionals, nurturing experimentation and new ideas, research and the development of new work.
ASCC artist in residence program offers its guest artists studio facilities throughout the residency period. ASCC has 8 artist studios, each one with a surface of about 70 sqm of working surface. We have adopted an approach of shared studio space to encourage exchange of ideas and artistic practices between our guest artists. The number of artists per studio will vary depending of the art forms and media artists work with, but we do not expect each studio will host more than 4 artists at the same time.
All ASCC art studios are equipped with all the minimum required services for artists. Providing we can accommodate the artists’ requirements, we will re-arrange the studios to satisfy acceptable requests from guest artists. Guest artists can bring items they would like to have in the studio, provided they receive written approval from ASCC art studios team.
Guest artists are expected to make arrangements for their accommodation and traveling. ASCC art studios team can help in the search with offering options for affordable accommodation and traveling, but artists are responsible for securing their accommodation throughout their residency at ASCC art studios, and booking their travel tickets.
Limited funding is available for guest artists. It will be offered on a merit and needs basis after guest artists receive an invitation letter to become an ASCC artist in residence. In the application process, artists should make clear if they require funding for their application to be considered. Artists that do not require funding should also state that clearly in the ASCC artist in residency application form provided.
Being a project based artist in residency program, ASCC will select artists based on their ability to integrate themselves in the ASCC activities, and diverse education and public programs. While we invite artists to come work with us and develop their own work and ideas, we expect that through this process, programmed opportunities for community and educational engagement will occur and be welcomed by the artists to exchange ideas with the Kuwaiti artist community and population at large.
ASCC artist in residency program is project based. Artists will apply through a year-round rolling application process with a project for the research and development of new artwork that will then be the object of an end of artist in residence exhibition. We invite applications from Kuwaiti artists, regional and international artist alike, our program is ambitious and provides an international platform for artists to discuss, develop and produce artwork amid a creative and diverse environment.