Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 15 July 2020

Warehouse421 will sponsor artists at home through new initiative

The Abu Dhabi cultural centre is offering production grants in a new programme amidst Covid-19

A painting day at Warehouse421 for National Day, 2018. Warehouse421 will adapt its planned residency programme for coronavirus safety measuers. Warehouse421
A painting day at Warehouse421 for National Day, 2018. Warehouse421 will adapt its planned residency programme for coronavirus safety measuers. Warehouse421

Warehouse421, the art and design space in Abu Dhabi's Mina Zayed has rolled out another relief measure for artists and creatives during the coronavirus pandemic: the Warehouse421 Homebound Residency Programme.

The programme adapts the centre’s planned series of residencies for quarantine and social distancing. Instead of inviting artists into the site’s studio spaces, Warehouse421 will sponsor artists and other creatives to work at home, awarding production budgets of up to Dh30,000 for planned projects.

“It was Warehouse421’s objective this year to launch a residency programme that provides creative practitioners from the UAE and the region the opportunity and support to explore community engagement in their practices while in residence at our space in Abu Dhabi,” said Faisal Al Hassan, Head of Warehouse421, in a statement. “The current circumstances provided us with an opportunity to rethink the existing framework and engage with creatives within their own spaces.”

Applications are open to creative professionals in the Menasa region from a wide scope of fields, including visual arts and curation, design and technology, literature, music, theatre and performance.

Warehouse421, which is run by Abu Dhabi’s Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, hosts exhibitions, events, film screenings, and workshops from its Bjarke Ingels-designed space. This is their second measure since the coronavirus outbreak. In May, they announced a grant scheme where those in the creative field can apply for up to Dh7,300 in funding.

Applications for the Homebound Residency Programme will be available online on Wednesday, 17 until Saturday, July 18, 2020.

For more information, visit warehouse421.ae.

Updated: June 16, 2020 07:26 PM

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