The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) selected 21 RTR (Research/Training/Regional Events) projects to receive grants from its 2015 General Grants program.
The 2015 RTR (Research/Training/Regional Events) juror committee brought together Syrian curator Alma Salem, Moroccan researcher, producer and curator Khadija El Bannaoui and Palestinian architect and researcher Sandi Hilal.
After a series of comprehensive discussions in the AFAC offices in Beirut, the jury selected 21 projects (7 individuals and 14 institutions) to receive the RTR grants. The winning projects were selected from a total of 178 applications submitted to the AFAC General Grant RTR open call.
Commenting on the selection, the jury statement said:
“We are excited about the diversity of the projects’ proposals reflecting innovative artistic practices, engaged with social and political issues, and pushing the boundaries of knowledge in the arts. In a turbulent and vulnerable context, our choice was driven by an ambition to make a balance between projects reflecting the rich yet complex realities, while valuing contemporary esthetics and quality. In a vibrant arts scene thriving to overcome its multiple challenges, the selected projects offer alternative narratives to the mainstream and stereotypes. We believe that AFAC will contribute in strengthening the position of leading cultural actors to have a bigger regional and international influence”
The next RTR call for submissions opens in June 1st, 2016.
To view the 2015 RTR Grantees click here