CHOKRA performing Al-Mtsaalh Haal at The Watermill Center on December 18, 2010. Photo by Hronn Axelsdottir

The Watermill Center / ArteEast Partnership

In 2011, The Watermill Center and ArteEast partnered to launch an annual residency supporting the development of a new work by artists based in the Middle East and North Africa. Artists, art practitioners and institutions based or active in the Middle East and North Africa are invited to apply for the opportunity to participate in a residency program at Watermill Center. Eligible participants are citizens and/or residents of the MIddle East and North African countries.

Artists will be selected by The Watermill Center Selection Committee as well as by members of the ArteEast staff. 

Artists interested in applying should visit and select the Residency Program 2015 Application.  There is a section in the application to indicate that you are a citizen and/or resident of the region.  All artsts from that region will be considered for this partnership.  

For the complete Watermill Center Application Guidelines please click here.

About ArteEast

Founded as a New York-based not-for-profit organization in 2003, ArteEast is the leading visibility platform, support structure and dissemination hub for art practices from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and its diaspora. From an initial focus on showcasing the cinema arts to US audiences, today ArteEast’s mandate includes the literary, visual and performance arts and serves a diverse global audience of artists and arts professionals, collectors, educators, and the general public. We offer in-depth access to the contemporary MENA arts through a multiplatform strategy that complements online publications and exhibitions with on-site public programs from artist talks, and film screenings, to exhibitions. ArteEast also promotes regional arts production through support to both artists and arts spaces and by connecting them with an international community of arts presenters and funders. This mission and strategy locate ArteEast in the unique position of championing MENA artists while fostering an international dialogue of critical discourse around their work and offering new audiences a nuanced perspective on the region’s cultural context.

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