at the lab - Open Call
Projects at the Lab:

Deadline:  Monday 31 October 2022

Darat al Funun is now accepting applications for its 2022-23 program at The Lab. We invite creative professionals from all disciplines (including artists, filmmakers, designers, architects, performers, curators, and any creative mind) to submit proposals, which make use of our space for experimentation, exploration, and cultivating new ideas.

For the 2022-23 round of applications, we invite applicants interested in working with archives; whether it is Darat al Funun’s personal archive of over thirty years or any other archive of their choice that centers on the region.

These archives can be photography, music, film, typography, or any other type of archive. 

This is an opportunity to take risks and explore ideas and concepts that grow throughout the residency at The Lab and produce site-specific interventions and moments. We are looking for projects that use the space to foster experimental collaborations and improvisations across disciplines. We give preference to projects that engage the community or interact with the public, whether through workshops, discussions, public contributions, or otherwise. 

If your project is chosen, we will offer you The Lab for the agreed period, you may use available equipment and materials, and we will help you with production and (de)installation according to an agreed-upon final production plan, budget, and timing. Darat al Funun assists in promoting work through our social media platforms and website and provides seed money to cover your production costs. We do not pay any additional fees. 

Please fill in the form in English or Arabic, here.

Please email if you have any questions.
We try to accommodate requests for specific periods. But, as we receive many applications, it helps if you are flexible. Please specify your preferred period(s), as well as any times you are unavailable for the year starting November 2022. Our only expectation is that projects run for 4-6 weeks. We will discuss all this with you in more detail if your project is chosen.

*While we accept international proposals, we do not cover travel expenses or insurance, although we are at times able to offer accommodation in one of our residency flats.

Application deadline:  Monday 31 October 2022.