Mophradat's Arts Fellows Program

SALT has become one of the partner institutions of Mophradat’s Arts Fellows for the 2019 winter. The fellow appointed by Mophradat for SALT’s Office of Useful Art will conduct research on the examples of useful art in countries where Arabic is the official language, in collaboration with SALT team.

Established in partnership with the Asociación de Arte Útil and opened in September 2017 at SALT Galata, the Office of Useful Art focuses on questioning the challenges the museums are currently facing, and also on expanding the potential of co-learning among the institution and the users. Centered around the notion of “arte útil,” which roughly translates to “useful art,” the Office is committed to provide contemporary and historical case studies from Turkey and its surroundings for the Arte Útil Archive.

The upcoming year, a group of researchers, including Mophradat’s arts fellow, will explore new case studies in their respective countries through a historical survey of practices especially in art, architecture, education, and civil society.

● A twelve-week (January 7, 2019-March 29, 2019), part-time (three days per week), and paid training program by Mophradat for curators, managers, producers, or administrators living in Istanbul, Turkey. Please note that this is not a residency program for artists.

● Applicants must be from the Arab world or be of recent Arab origin.

● Applicants must have at least three years of experience in a field of contemporary arts (all disciplines are welcome).

● Experience in arts, architecture, social sciences, history or a related field is preferred.

● Applicants must speak English and have basic computer skills.

● Applicants must be available to commit themselves fully to the program from January 7, 2019.

● Holding a degree in an arts discipline or related cultural field is preferred. Please note that students enrolled in undergraduate or Masters’ programs are not eligible to apply.

● Previous research experience, and familiarity with the social and political context in Arabic speaking countries are preferred.

● At the end of the program, the arts fellow is expected to provide SALT and Mophradat a narrative summary of their gains and experiences as well as any suggested improvements which the Arts Fellows could benefit from.

Applications must be submitted in English and be emailed to no later than December 3, 2018. Applications should include the following material:

CV/resume: Please list all educational and professional background, and include your name, home address, phone number, email address, date and place of birth, and your citizenship.

Cover letter: In 500 words or less, please describe your past experience of working in the arts, and explain what skills and knowledge you expect to develop during this training period.

All applicants, whether selected or not, will receive a response to their applications. Selected applicants will be informed by December 17, 2018.

Arts Fellows program is initiated and supported by Mophradat, a non-profit contemporary arts association based in Brussels that creates opportunities for thinking, producing, and sharing among contemporary artists from the Arab world and their peers everywhere. Launched in 2017, the program is a twelve-week part-time training program at an international art institution, directed towards young curators, arts managers, arts producers, and arts administrators of the Arab diaspora in and outside of the Arab world (including recent migrants and refugees). It enables them to develop their knowledge, skills, and professional networks in their adopted context.