Artist Residency in Musrara

Musrara, the Naggar School of Art and Society in Jerusalem would like to invite interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary artists in the fields of Photography, Making and New Media, Video Art, Sound and Experimental Music interested in the Musrara International Residency Program to submit their applications.

The program will select five artists from Israel and abroad for a two weeks long residency program in Musrara, a neighborhood located on a social, economic and political seam-line of Jerusalem, in order to create an art work that corresponds with the surrounding environment.

The program will be held for two consecutive weeks between the 1st and 14th of April 2024, and it includes a production budget, flight expenses, staying accommodations, per diem and the use of Musrara School facilities and equipment.

The program invites artists from different disciplines who are interested in involving their art with the neighborhood specifically or with its Jerusalemite surrounding, and in creative research that connects art, society, and technology.

Priority will be given to proposals that have the potential for personal and social change while empowering different populations and working in dialogue.

The program will involve study tours, talks, introductions to local creators and curators. The artistic director and the professional accompanist will be available to the members of the program, as well as the teaching staff and the Departments’ heads. Participants will have access to all Musrara School’s learning resources.

Threshold Conditions:

1. The artist is active and has exhibited in the last five years at least one solo exhibition  in a recognized gallery/museum.

2. Sound, experimental music and video art artist who has participated in significant events in the last five years.

3. The artist himself undertakes to participate in all program activities between April 1st to April 14th, 2024.

The program is not intended for students and recent graduates.

Commitment of the Program Artists:

A stay of two consecutive weeks in the Musrara area, the implementation of the project/research until its end no later than the end of August 2024, a presentation of the work, a lecture or a workshop for students of Musrara School, accrediting Musrara and the Israeli Lottery’s Culture and Art Council in any future display of the work that will be developed as part of the program.

Application Requirements:

The proposal must be submitted in a single PDF document that includes the following data:

– Initial concept for the new work related to place (Musrara neighborhood and its surroundings) and time.

– Professional CV.

– Portfolio (at least 10 previous works). Links to video works or such.

– Contact details of a recommender (mandatory) and recommendation (advantage).

Applications can be submitted until February 1st, 2024 at 2:00 PM Israel time.

The proposals should be sent to Dana Shahar –

Program Directors: Avi Sebag Sharvit, Founding Director of the Musrara school

Ayelet Hashahar Cohen, Director of Musrara Galleries

Artistic Management and Professional Accompaniment: Shira Friedman, Curator

The candidates will receive the selection committee’s decision no later than the end of February 2024.

A submission missing details or not following the format will not be reviewed.

Musrara School reserves the right to make changes to the program.

For questions and inquiries:

This program has been made possible thanks to the support of the Israeli National Lottery Association, Council for Culture and Arts.

Musrara, the Naggar School of Art and Society is located in the heart of the Musrara neighborhood in Jerusalem – a picturesque neighborhood with a history of social struggle, a geographic and demographic seam neighborhood, which is a cultural and social meeting point for art-seeking audiences, art students and the general public visiting the school’s galleries and the annual Musrara Mix festival.

The core study programs of Musrara are: Photography, New Media Art, New Music, Visual Communication and Phototherapy.

The school’s activity continues as of these days, due to the construction project of the school’s historic campus on Ha’Ayin Chet St., in Canada House (the local community center building) located at 22 Shevti Israel St.

The facilities offered by the school include: Photography studio, Sound studio, Digital printing laboratory, Dark room and black and white development laboratories, Editing rooms, Recording studio, Computer lab, Carpentry, Rehearsal room, classrooms, Interactive Lab (The Jerusalab).

The following will be made available to the artists:

Mac computers, PC computers, Recording and broadcasting equipment, Video and varied software, Video projectors, Photography equipment


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