Art Moves Africa – Retracing Roots and Tracing New Routes: Mobility and Touring in North Africa

A study by Lara Bourdin for Art Moves Africa, October 2019

A study by Lara Bourdin for Art Moves Africa, October 2019

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Summary of Outcomes<br />

The program offers 25 to 30 grants per year <strong>in</strong> three rounds.<br />

Al Mawred Al-Thaqafy has also supported mobility via its<br />

tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g programs for cultural managers.<br />

2.<br />

Arab Fund for <strong>Art</strong>s<br />

<strong>and</strong> Culture (AFAC)<br />

Based <strong>in</strong> Beirut, the Arab Fund for <strong>Art</strong>s <strong>and</strong> Culture <strong>–</strong> AFAC<br />

was founded <strong>in</strong> 2007 through the <strong>in</strong>itiative of Arab cultural<br />

activists as an <strong>in</strong>dependent foundation to support <strong>in</strong>dividual<br />

artists, writers, researchers, <strong>in</strong>tellectuals, as well as organizations<br />

from the Arab region work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the field of arts <strong>and</strong><br />

culture.<br />

AFAC currently runs n<strong>in</strong>e open call grants programs <strong>and</strong><br />

one tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g program by nom<strong>in</strong>ation. Each grants program<br />

has one annual open call dur<strong>in</strong>g which applications are submitted<br />

onl<strong>in</strong>e. The grants are not mobility grants. However,<br />

travel is covered so long as it is part of the implementation<br />

of a project.<br />

In addition, AFAC has just launched the new <strong>North</strong> <strong>Africa</strong><br />

Cultural Program (NACP), a three-year program (2019 <strong>–</strong> 2022)<br />

dedicated to five countries <strong>in</strong> <strong>North</strong> <strong>Africa</strong>: Morocco, Algeria,<br />

Tunisia, Libya <strong>and</strong> Egypt. It comprises two support schemes,<br />

a National Fund <strong>and</strong> a Regional Fund. The program is run<br />

through an open-call scheme <strong>and</strong> covers <strong>in</strong>stitutional <strong>and</strong><br />

programmatic support to active arts organizations based <strong>in</strong><br />

the five countries, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g cross-border collaborations.<br />

3.<br />

Mophradat<br />

Based <strong>in</strong> Belgium, Mophradat offers a grant<strong>in</strong>g program for<br />

artists to support <strong>in</strong>dividuals, collaborations, or collectives<br />

to develop their practice. Among other activities, the grants<br />

can be used to pursue threads of research, stage an event,<br />

make new work, publish, travel, take part <strong>in</strong> a residency or<br />

workshop, or present an exhibition or performance. Average<br />

amount is $5.000. Mophradat’s emphasis is on contemporary<br />

art. Activities or projects can take place anywhere <strong>in</strong> the<br />

world, but must be carried out by artists liv<strong>in</strong>g or work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

the Arab world <strong>and</strong>/or engaged with the Arab world.<br />

4.<br />

Roberto Cimetta Fund<br />

(RCF)<br />

Based <strong>in</strong> Paris, the Roberto Cimetta Fund is an <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

non-profit grant-mak<strong>in</strong>g organization support<strong>in</strong>g the mobility<br />

<strong>and</strong> creativity of artists <strong>and</strong> cultural operators <strong>in</strong> Europe, the<br />

Arab world <strong>and</strong> beyond.

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