Art Jameel launches a Curatorial Open Call for exhibition proposals, to be developed for Hayy Arts’s first floor gallery at Hayy Jameel in Jeddah for May 2024.


Art Jameel is interested in proposals that engage with themes pertaining to the Red Sea – its connected geographies, histories, ecologies, and the movement of people and ideas.

The awarded curator will work alongside the Art Jameel team who will provide guidance on the exhibition’s development, exhibition production and design, logistics, and installation.


  • Open to curators working anywhere whose research and exhibition making engages with the following topics:
    • Jeddah/ Hejaz histories
    • Red Sea ecologies
    • Red Sea histories of migration – the movement of people and ideas
    • Connected geographies across the Red Sea (e.g. Egypt, Saudi, Yemen, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Palestine, Jordan)
  • For Saudi/Saudi-based curators: able to obtain a freelance permit or its equivalent
  • Privileging early-career curators, defined as:
    • Curators with little or no previous institutional curatorial projects
    • Not currently employed as a curator in a major arts institution / museum or
    • 3-5 years post-graduate
  • Collectives welcome to apply
  • You may not include your own artwork in the exhibition
  • Applicants must be able to travel to Jeddah for:
    • One scoping visit between November and December 2023 for up to 3 days
    • To work with the team for up to two weeks between January 2023 and March 2024
    • For up to two weeks to install and open the exhibition at the end of April and early May 2024
    • For up to one week for exhibition de-install in early August 2024 if needed


  • An exhibition [group or solo] to be delivered in the first floor gallery of Hayy Arts for May 2024
  • Full exhibition concept including checklist of loan-able works
  • One curatorial essay [between 3,000-5,000 words]
  • Main point of contact for liaising with artists
  • Drafting captions and interpretive texts
  • A proposal for 2-3 public programmes related to the exhibition concept
  • Available for interviews virtually/ in-person in Jeddah during the exhibition run

Application Requirements:

  1. Brief Curatorial Statement, including working title ( up to 200 words)
  2. Detailed exhibition proposal explaining exhibition’s concept in addition to its relevance to Hayy Jameel’s mission and programming (approx. 600- 1,000 words)
  3. Prior research/ literature review (up to 800 words)
  4. Checklist of proposed works (Image, title, date, medium, technical requirements, lender) ** with caveat that this is subject to change following Art Jameel’s input, and based on feasibility of shipping/availability/budget/space constraints
  5. Artist list and artist bios
  6. One writing sample
  7. CV highlighting relevant experience

Useful links

Hayy Jameel first floor gallery floor plan: here

Artwork checklist template for download: here.

Award Details:

  • Curatorial fee of 37,500 SAR
  • Curator travel and accommodation fees to be covered by Art Jameel
  • Artists fees, travel and accommodation will be covered by Art Jameel
  • All related exhibition fees to with producing, installing and promoting the exhibition to be covered by Art Jameel


Open Call Applications Start: August 4, 2023
Open Call Closes: October 15, 2023
Winner Announcement: Early November 2023
Check-in meetings with team: December 2023  – March 2024
Install & Build: April 22 – May 6, 2024
Exhibition opening: May 8, 2024
Exhibition closing: August 11, 2024