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KARA 2016 | Open Call

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Winners’ Declaration: Mid-February, 2016
Duration: May 2016 (1-31)


Kooshk Residency

Kooshk residency is a non-political cultural and artistic space in Tehran. Kooshk, with sponsorship of private section tries to provide a convenient space for artists, curators, researchers, writers and filmmakers to encourage inter-cultural dialogues and art creation.

Award Goals

The Kooshk Artist Residency Award has been implemented to support artists, creativity and the development of new ideas in the unique space of Tehran. This Residency program is a chance for attendants to do research and experiment, develop professionally maintain direct dialogues and the exchange of ideas in order to grow and nurture their creativity, and try new methods of  working and thinking. The Residency will be an annual event lasting one month and will be
offered to four selected artists working in any field of art. During the residency, Kooshk will provide a dynamic and distinctive situation for international artists to work and exchange ideas with local artists, critics and researchers. The program emphasizes a balance between working in a personal space and working in collaboration with other artists and interacting with viewers and the environment. In line with its goals, Kooshk will make any effort to have a contribution in the growth of cultural and social views, by gathering local, national and international artists with a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines in the cultural and artistic space of Tehran and by creating the possibility for exchanging ideas.


All expenses including flight tickets, accommodation, living expenses as well as a modest
contribution toward materials will be paid by Kooshk.

Selection Process

Applications will be received through an online application procedure.
Applications will be processed in compliance with declared criteria by a jury of the award.

Jury 2016

Aaron Cezarcreative producer and Director of Delfina Foundation

 Michket KrifaIndependent Curator and Art critic of African and Middle

Eastern Photography

 Naiza KhanArtist, Researcher and Founding Trustee of Vasl Artists’ Collective, Pakistan

Susan HapgoodCurator, Executive Director at International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Senior Advisor to ICI, and Founder and Director of the Mumbai Art Room

Tooraj KhamenehzadehArtist, Curator and Program Manager of Kooshk Residency and Co-Founder and a Member of the Board of Directors of Rybon Art Center

Registration Conditions

All international artists, active in any art discipline, under the age of 40 are eligible to apply for the Kooshk Award.

All applicants must fill in the application form providing the following:

Personal Information


Two References

Artist Statement

Motivation Letter


Work Samples

Selection Criteria

Competency of the application, including the quality of resume and sample works
Innovativeness of the proposal, outputs and concrete outcomes
Compatibility of the proposal/plan with the award’s goals and the extent of the award’s significance in realizing the proposal
English language skills

Take it into consideration that artists with interdisciplinary interests are prioritized.Find the second Kooshk Artist Residency Award here. Hard copy and email submissions are not accepted. Inquire here with any questions:

Deadline: January 15th – 2016

* Please Remember:

Applying early is smart. As there will be a high number of applicants submitting at the last days/moments of deadline, we will not grant you any deadline extension or help to submit if something goes wrong.