Art Jameel Research Grant: Mapping the Arts in KSA (1940-2000)

Art Jameel Research Grant: Mapping the Arts in KSA (1940-2000)

In order to deepen understanding of modern art, its exhibition histories, and artist networks in Saudi Arabia and the wider region, Art Jameel is supporting a grantee whose areas of inquiry delve into the following topics, including (but not limited to): 

  • Exhibition Histories in Saudi Arabia (1940-2000)
  • Artist Networks in Saudi and the wider Gulf (1940-2000)
  • Art Education in Saudi and/or the Gulf (1940-2000)

Through this grant, Art Jameel aims to support researchers in the field to conduct original research into one or more of the above mentioned topics, through the following:

  • Resources/ expenses of up to 25,000 SAR for research travel to access archives, collections, libraries, conduct interviews, etc.
  • Support, where possible, in contacting relevant individuals and or institutions for interviews and meetings.

Required outcomes and responsibilities: 

  • Research project outcomes to be completed within 12 months of the grant’s start date (must include a research paper of at least 6,000 words, and could also include a lecture series, digital database, collected bibliography, website, etc.).
  • Updates on research to be shared quarterly with the Art Jameel team during the grant period
  • Research outcomes may input into exhibitions and wider programming at Art Jameel
  • At least one research trip to be conducted in KSA.




Education: MA/MFA, PhD (or equivalent qualifications or research experience)

Experience: Demonstrated experience in research, exhibitions, or publishing on the related topics.

Application Requirements: 

  • Proposal brief (Project Title, 300 word abstract, duration and location of research)
  • Detailed research proposal (2-3 pages detailing the project’s main research questions, the project’s history (if any), proposed methodology, projected timeline, research locations and intended outcomes)
  • CV
  • Writing sample 
  • 1-2 Academic references 

Selection Process: 

A jury consisting of Art Jameel curatorial team members as well as external researchers/art historians will select the grantee(s).

An interview with the Art Jameel team will be conducted prior to finalising the award of the grant.


October 30, 2022 – Close of open calls 

November 20, 2022 – Evaluation and selection by jury members and Art Jameel team

November 28, 2022 – Interviews with Art Jameel team

December 20,2022 – Announcement and start of grant period

Timeline of The Grant: 

Grants are for the duration of 12 months, beginning December 20, 2022 and ending December 19, 2023

About Art Jameel 

Art Jameel supports artists and creative communities. Founded and supported by the Jameel family philanthropies, the independent organisation is headquartered in Saudi Arabia and the UAE and works globally. Art Jameel’s programmes – across exhibitions, commissions, research, learning and community-building – are grounded in a dynamic understanding of the arts as fundamental to life and accessible to all. 


About Hayy Jameel

Hayy Jameel is developed and managed by Art Jameel as a dedicated arts complex and creative hub for Saudi Arabia. Hayy joins Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai – which opened in 2018 – in its efforts to build culture-oriented, connected communities. Designed by award-winning architects waiwai, Hayy references an Arabic word for neighbourhood, denoting the convivial and collaborative nature of the complex and its intent on bringing together a wide range of creative disciplines in one destination. Alongside the museum Hayy Arts, the education platform Hayy Learning and Hayy Studios is Hayy Cinema, Saudi’s first independent audiovisual centre, designed by Jeddah-based architects Bricklab. Fenaa Hayy, a multi-purpose space for performances, workshops and talks opens onto Saha, a central community courtyard underpinned by philosophies of sustainability and adaptability.