Would you like to spend six weeks at YARAT in Baku, Azerbaijan in autumn 2015 developing new work and carrying out research?

Participamts will be given a live/work space in YARAT's fully equipped artist studio in the heart of the city. Travel, a per diem and production costs will also be provided. As well as conducting research and working on their own projects, the artists-in-residence are also invited to participate in the education programme by holding workshops and talks and to engage in creative collaboration.

Maraya's residency programme is designed to support emerging and mid career contemporary U.A.E. artists and designers in partnership with institutions internationally. This residency programme is a reciprocal collaboration between Maraya Art Centre and YARAT Contemporary Art Organisation with a view of supporting both Azerbaijani and U.A.E.-based emerging talent.

How to Apply

The residency period is between September and November 2015. The following application materials are required to be sent in full to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Thursday April 30, 2015.

  • A one page cover letter describing your reasons for applying and details of a proposed project.
  • A 1-2 page CV.
  • One recommendation letter from an arts professional.
  • A low-res PDF portfolio with examples of your work (please send video/film via wetransfer.com).
  • Passport copy/scan.Applicants must also be over age 21.

Founded in 2011 by Aida Mahmudova, YARAT is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to nurturing an understanding of contemporary art in Azerbaijan, and to creating a platform for Azerbaijani art both nationally and internationally. Based in Baku, YARAT, (which means CREATE in Azerbaijani) realise their mission through an on-going programme of exhibitions, education events and festivals. They are at the forefront of the contemporary arts scene and art education in the city.

Maraya Art Centre was originally launched as the Maraya Art Gallery in 2006 and then re-launched as the Maraya Art Centre in 2010 to meet the local community's growing demand for a public arts and works space. Since its inception Maraya has offered the public an innovative curated exhibitions programme with leading Middle Eastern and international artists, multi-media facilities, video archive, art library and regular public programme of workshops and events designed by its in house team and guest curators. Maraya also has several public art park sites within its local vicinity that feature interactive projects and sculptures. In March 2015 Maraya Art Centre opened 1971- Design Space at The Flag Island in Sharjah.

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