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The First Kooshk Artist Residency Award (KARA 2015)

Deadline: April 15 2015

Winners’ Declaration: April 30 2015

Residency Period: July 1-31 2015


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 active artists of the visual arts, dramatic arts, music and cinema.

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 2015


Alessio Antoniolli – Director of Gasworks

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

Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith – Critic, Curator and Senior Lecturer in Irish language and literature at University College Dublin

Bisi Silva – Curator and the Founder/ Director of Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA, Lagos)

Pooja Sood – Curator, Director of KHOJ International Artists’ Association and Founding Director of ARThinkSouthAsia



Registration conditions


  • All international artists, active in the visual arts, dramatic arts, music and cinema under the age of 40 are eligible to apply for the Kooshk Award.


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


o Personal information


o CV


o Two references


o Artist statement


o Motivation letter


o Proposal


o Work Samples




Selection Criteria


  • Competency of the application, including the quality of resumé 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 realising the proposal


  • English language skills


Please take into consideration that artists with interdisciplinary interests are prioritized.


The First Kooshk Artist Residency Award application is now online at:


Hardcopy and email submissions are no longer accepted.


Inquire here with any questions: