Curatorial Residency

Curatorial Residency

The ARAK Collection Annual Residency Fellowship Program aims to promote a better knowledge and understanding of Contemporary  Art in the Middle East and Beyond through research of the extensive works part of their collection.

The resident guest curator is expected to research the collection with the intention of curating an exhibition and writing the exhibition catalogue at the end of the residency period, after in-depth research and the submission of a curatorial concept to be approved by the ARAK Collection Curatorial Advisory Committee.

The Residency Fellowship Program was created to support ARAK Collection’s Mission of developing and supporting young and mid-career artists and curators through promoting curatorial research, publications and exhibitions of their collection’s works. The exhibitions developed and produced by ARAK Collection aspire to be impactful and are all associated with relevant public programming.



Research, firstly while in residence at ARAK Collection in Doha – Qatar, and after when traveling or back home. followed by an exhibition based on the results and approved curatorial concept submitted to the ARAK Collection Curatorial Advisory Committee. A comprehensive exhibition catalogue (English and Arabic) is expected to be published and released at the exhibition opening.

Each Fellowship Grant is approximately USD 20,000 the GRANT INCLUDES:

  • USD 5000 for research expenses and fee.
  • USD 15,000 to produce the exhibition and publish the catalogue.


  • Following the curators selection, the curator will receive approximately a USD 5000 research grant, paid in monthly disbursements throughout the 6 months duration of the project as agreed with the ARAK Collection Curatorial Advisory Committee.
  • The budget and schedule will be submitted to the ARAK Collection team for approval.
  • The curator will have 4 months of research time, after which he/she will send a Curatorial Concept to the ARAK Collection Curatorial Advisory Committee, which will determine whether the project is feasible and can be organized as an exhibition (stage 2).


If approved, the project will enter the production stage, supervised by the ARAK Collection team. The USD 15,000 budget, managed by the ARAK Collection team, includes:

  • designing, setting up and taking down the exhibition as well as for providing security.
  • invitation of the curator and, possibly, artists to Doha during opening week (and/or during the installation and public programing associated with the exhibition).
  • insurance
  • etc.

The curator will:

  • select the works forming the body of the exhibition from the ARAK Collection
  • draft a Curatorial Concept presenting the selection of exhibition works
  • attend the exhibition opening week and participate in the associated public programming to be proposed by the curator and approved by the ARAK Collection team.