January 18, 2012

Call for Applications: Home Workspace Program 2012–3 / Ashkal Alwan

Ashkal Alwan

Ashkal Alwan is currently accepting applications for the 2nd edition of Home Workspace Program: HWP 2012–13 with RP Matthias Lilienthal.


Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2012. 




The HWP is an annual, interdisciplinary arts program launched by Ashkal Alwan in 2011. The program targets emerging artists who wish to develop their formal, historical and critical skills and practice in a supportive environment in Beirut.


Each edition or class of the HWP runs for 10 months, led by a different Resident Professor (RP) each year and admitting approximately 15 participants.


Part academic, part practice-based, the curriculum consists of lectures, workshops and seminars by the RP and other leading local and international artists, writers, thinkers, filmmakers, curators, etc.


In addition to the curriculum, participants also benefit from a support-network of individuals, professionals, venues and resources around Beirut and elsewhere in Lebanon.


Participants are expected to reside in Beirut for 10 months with limited outside engagements, to participate actively in the various activities initiated by the RP and other visiting professors, and to develop and produce a project.


The HWP 2012–13 starts in October 2012.






Curriculum Committee
Grounding the program and defining its educational framework is the Home Workspace Curriculum Committee consisting of members whose artistic practices and experience in education engage a diverse range of disciplines and media. Current members of the Curricular Committee are Joana Hadjithomas, Walid Raad, Khalil Rabah, Lina Saneh and Gregory Sholette.  


Resident Professor (RP)
Each year, the Curriculum Committee invites an artist, filmmaker, thinker or writer to propose a program of research and study as that year’s Resident Professor (RP). The RP acts as the yearlong ‘mentor’, working closely with participants and following up on their projects. In collaboration with the Committee, the RP shapes the year’s curriculum and invites a series of visiting professors to conduct workshops and seminars and work with participants. These workshops and seminars typically engage contemporary art and critical practices, and select lectures are opened to the public. For the current 1st edition of HWP, RP Emily Jacir has invited visiting professors Tony Chakar, Rami Daher, Mirene Arsanios, Akram Zaatari, Kamran Rastegar, Alfredo Jaar, Franco Berardi, Cesare Pitroiusti, Hito Steyerl, Hassan Khan and Lina Saneh among others.


For the 2nd edition, HWP 2012–13, Ashkal Alwan welcomes RP Matthias Lilienthal.
Read Matthias Lilienthal’s open call here. 




The HWP is NOT a residency program.  Although non-degree granting, HWP closely resembles a study program at the post-graduate level.




The HWP is tuition-free, and also grants participants a small budget with which to produce their end-of-year project(s).


For 2012–13, HWP will grant each participant a production budget of 1,000 USD, and the choice between a rent-free room in one of Ashkal Alwan’s shared furnished flats, or a 300 USD monthly allowance. Rooms and allowance are allocated based on preference and availability. Participants should be prepared to organize their own accommodation as the number of available rooms is limited.




Successful applicants must:


–Be artists working in any artistic discipline or medium, including video, film, performance, sound, music, installation, photography, painting, sculpture, etc OR cultural practitioners including writers, curators, thinkers, critics and academics
–Have completed undergraduate or graduate arts, arts-related or cultural studies, formal academic training or have equivalent experience
–Have a working knowledge of Arabic and/or English in order to follow the program
–Be available to commit fully to the HWP with limited other engagements
Please also note that:
–Applicants from Lebanon, the Arab region and anywhere in the world are all encouraged to apply
–Only individual candidates are considered; collectives and other collaborating artists should submit individual applications and will be considered independently of one another
–Former applicants to HWP are welcome to apply again 




Office Hours: Monday–Friday 10am–6pm
Email: [email protected]
Tel/ Fax: +961–1–423879 


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