Kooshk Artist Residency Award

Deadline: September 30, 2019
Winners’ Declaration: Mid-December, 2019

Duration: May 2020 (1-31)

Kooshk Residency
Kooshk residency is a non-profit space for arts and culture 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. This Residency is an annual event lasting one month and will be offered to four non-Iranian selected artists.
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.

Who Can Apply
All the international individual artists active in fields of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Sound and Music, Film and Video are welcome to apply.

Fees & Stipend:
Applicants need to pay a non-refundable application fee of $20. Awarded artists receive a $200 monthly stipend. The costs of accommodation (shared room for two artists), studio and return ticket will also be covered by Kooshk.

Selection Process
• Applications will be received through submittable, an online application procedure.
• Applications will be processed in compliance with declared criteria in two rounds and different panels of jury of the award.


Jury 2020
Round one
Anna Lovecchio – Curator of Residencies, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (Singapore)
Frederik Hardvendel – Director of the Danish Art Workshop, Board Member of Art Hub Copenhagen and Res Artis (Denmark)
Olivia Fortini – Director of Istituto Garuzzo (Italy)
Mónica de Miranda – Co-Founder and Director of Hangar Residency (Portugal)
Silvana OvsejevichDirector of RAP (Residencias de Arte Panal) (Argentina)  

Round Two
• Charles H. Traub – Photographer, Educator, Founder and Chair of MFA Program in Photography, Video, and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts (New York)
• Rima Mismar – Executive of Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (Lebanon)
• Richard Vine – American Writer and Managing Editor of Art in America (New York)
Ehsan Rasoulof – Director and Founder of Kooshk Residency (Iran)

Registration Conditions
All applicants must fill in the application form providing the following:
• Personal Information
• CV
• Reference (No letter will be needed)
• Artist Statement
• Motivation Letter
• Proposal
• Work Samples

Selection Criteria
• Competency of the application, including the quality of resume and sample works
• Innovative-ness 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

Please Remember:
Applying early is smart. As there will be numerous 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.

The applicants can apply through the link below:

If you have any question, send an email to info@kooshkresidency.com



Q: Can I apply as a curator, researcher, writer or critic?
A: No, only those artists who are active in fields of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Sound and Music, Film and Video can apply for this program.

Q: Can I apply as an Iranian artist living abroad?
A: No, this opportunity is provided for the non-Iranian, international artists.

Q: Is the schedule fixed or it can be changed?
A: The time for this residency is May 2020 and cannot be changed.

Q: Can we apply as a duo or a team?
A: This opportunity is open to individuals and you cannot apply as a group.