The Abraaj Group, a leading private-equity investor operating in global growth markets, has announced that applications are now open for the tenth edition of the Abraaj Group Art Prize (AGAP), the most significant art prize for the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia regions.
Mid-career artists from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia regions (including Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia) – who have participated in dynamic exhibitions and produced significant bodies of work in the past two to three years – are invited to apply with a proposal for a new, imaginative and original work. The works must represent a new point in the artists' career and need to be able to fit into crates, and be stored, transported and reinstalled in a variety of venues.
One winning artist will be awarded a $100,000 prize to create a major new commission, which will be revealed at Art Dubai 2018 (which takes place from 21-24 March 2018). Three shortlisted artists will also be chosen to receive a cash prize of $10,000 and showcase their work alongside the winning piece in a thematic exhibition.
The winning and shortlisted artists will be announced in October 2017.
An international or regional curator with at least eight years’ international curatorial experience will be selected to curate the group exhibition at Art Dubai 2018 and to produce an accompanying exhibition publication.
Following the 2018 exhibition, the winning commissioned work will become part of the Abraaj Group Art Collection. In keeping with the aims of the prize, selected AGAP works are toured year-round at exhibitions, museum shows, biennials and other events.
Over the past ten years, commissions by artists taking part in the Abraaj Group Art Prize have been exhibited across five continents, 11 biennials, 31 institutions and 25 countries, including the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum (New York) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London).