Open calls for the year 2023/24


The 421 capacity building programs support artists and creative practitioners who have a sustained artistic practice or interest in creative disciplines. Often involving juries made up of locally and regionally based arts professionals, as well as pedagogical partners that contribute to the curricula, the capacity building programs function as a launching pad for the career development of young and emerging practitioners. Those programs are open to participation of students, recent graduates and early-career practitioners interested in visual arts, design and architecture, film, new media, literary arts and performance.


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Artistic Development Program


Application deadline: March 26, 2023

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The 421 Artistic Development Program is a capacity building initiative that supports early to mid-career artists based in the UAE to develop and produce a major body of work that will be presented in a solo exhibition at the end of the program. 


The program emphasizes the professional and creative development of participating artists and awards them a AED10,000 participation grant and financial and logistical production support, as well as guidance from experienced art educators, interlocutors, and curators. 



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Internship and Mentorship Program

Application deadline: March 29, 2023

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The 421 Internship and Mentorship Program offers early career development support and professional preparation opportunities for emerging-creative professionals from diverse backgrounds. The program supports young practitioners through hands-on experience and training that paves the way for future career opportunities. 


The internship runs for six months and five applications will be accepted for this cycle of the program. This is a paid opportunity. 


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Docents Program


Application deadline: March 10, 2023

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Graduate and postgraduate students are invited to apply for the Docents Program at 421, an initiative that gives young professionals the unique opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge for a future career in the arts. The docent program includes specialized training with industry professionals, educators, and curators to be able to conduct engaging and accessible exhibition tours to 421 visitors. 


The program includes training around how to engage with families and children, People of Determination, and other community groups who book guided tours through the 421 gallery spaces. Docents who complete this program will graduate with deeper knowledge of the region’s art history, connections with emerging artists and curators, and stronger communication skills that are invaluable for a successful future career in the arts. 


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