Artistic Developmental Exhibition

Application deadline: March 26, 2023

This open call is for the 2024 cycle of the program 

To view application requirements, terms and conditions, and to apply, please click here.

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Artists are invited to apply for the 2024 cycle of the Artistic Development Program. Open to UAE-based early to mid-career artists and creative practitioners, this program offers recipients a 10,000 AED participation grant and guidance from experienced art educators, interlocutors, and curators to produce a new body of work that will be presented in a solo exhibition in 2024. The program focuses on the conceptual development, realization, and production of exhibition with scheduled group crits and discussion circles to support artists selected for the program. In this 2023/2024 edition, 421 will be organizing the program in collaboration with pedagogical partner The Institute for Emerging Art for a third year. 


 The program accepts ambitious project proposals that will grow to occupy Gallery 1 in 421. Each cycle of the program accepts three participating artists, who will be given the opportunity to select an interlocutor of their choice to support them through the process of developing their project.  With this support, the  artists will develop their exhibition from ideation to installation, production of text materials, and a public program that is organized in response to the ideas and themes presented in their exhibition. 


This program aims to provide  UAE-based emerging artists with the opportunity to sustain a rigorous art practice, allowing them the space to continue to experiment. Prospective applicants are advised to review the application requirements early in their preparation process. 


Examples of this program’s outcomes include the exhibitions Mahshid Rafiei: Of Mythic Proportions, Mohamed Khalid: Let me tell you something, Jill Magi: Weft in Pencil, and Ammar Al Attar: Out of Range.  


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.


The program is organized in collaboration with pedagogical partner the Institute for Emerging Art


Applications are accepted from January 10  until March 26, 2023.


Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the application requirements and submit their applications through the online form by March 29.


Applications are only accepted through our online application form. Applications submitted via regular mail or email will not be accepted. 


Apply here