The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) selected 21 RTR (Research/Training/Regional Events) projects to receive grants from its 2016 General Grants program.
The 2016 RTR (Research/Training/Regional Events) juror committee brought together Bahraini researcher and cultural activist Esra'a Al Shafei, Lebanese author, poet and translator Fadi Tofeili and Palestinian independent curator and art historian Salwa Mikdadi.
After a series of comprehensive discussions in the AFAC offices in Beirut, the jury selected 21 projects (6 individuals and 15 institutions) to receive the RTR grants. The winning projects were selected from a total of 134 applications submitted to the AFAC General Grant RTR open call.
Commenting on the selection, the jury statement said:
“The diversity and vitality of ideas were at the core of the brilliant proposals this year has seen. These ideas gave an utmost attention to detail, precision and care to things otherwise abandoned, forgotten or leading to extinction despite them being of paramount importance. The recipients were also distinguished by moving forward with a critical spirit, a profound discussion, and a widening of their exposure and accessibility. As exciting and productive the deliberation of projects was, it was also dense and demanding; continuously requiring long reflexions, patience and reconsiderations. These reconsiderations, however, were not merely about choosing the winners of the grants but touched upon the opinions and visions shared by the jury, which resulted from engaging the proposals, their ensuing discussions as well as in ensuring a fair evaluation, combined with recommendations and remarks. We believe that this approach allowed new and important possibilities for both AFAC and its grant recipients to on the one hand, uphold the superior creative level of the proposals, and on the other to keep the dialogue and communication, possibilities for distribution, preservation and exhibition open. The jury therefore relied on the usual criteria for the evaluation of the projects, taking into account their relevance, innovation, quality as well as cost. We are delighted that the chosen projects demonstrate a expansive geographical scope in line with the growing breadth of Arabic culture in the Arab world and beyond it while also bearing in mind the balance gender and regional diversity.”
The next RTR call for submissions opens in June 1st, 2017.
To view the 2016 RTR Grantees click here