Creatives can apply to Abu Dhabi's Warehouse421 for help with funding

Project revival fund set up for artists in in the MENASA region

Creatives can apply to Abu Dhabi's Warehouse421 for help with funding

Abu Dhabi arts and design centre Warehouse421 has launched the Project Revival Fund, a new programme that aims to support creative production impacted by the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The home-grown arts centre, known for showcasing and nurturing creativity across the UAE, has introduced the initiative to provide financial aid for creatives across multiple disciplines in the MENASA region (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia).

Applications are now open for both local and regional emerging and mid-career creatives, such as visual artists, curators, literary creatives, designers and musicians. They can receive packages of up to $2,000 (Dhs7,436).

Those eligible have until May 30 to apply for the financial support.

All of the applications will then be assessed by the Warehouse421 team on whether they meet the criteria based on a number factors such as urgency, budget viability and impact.

Faisal Al Hassan, manager of Warehouse421 said: “We hope that the Warehouse421 Project Revival Fund will support the region-wide efforts to ensure the sustainability of the creative practices that make up our ecosystem.

"At the core of what we do at Warehouse421 is our commitment to support emerging talent in the region, and we hope that this fund will offer creatives the much-needed opportunity to continue their projects that were impacted by the current difficulties the world is facing.”

Those who receive the fund will be expected to spend it on producing and finalising projects that are currently on hold. The sum aims to cover things like library and digital learning resources, transcription and translation services, rental and purchase of equipment, art materials, and other tools that facilitate continuing the project while isolating at home.

All applicants must be 21 or over and applications are available online in both Arabic and English. For more information visit www.warehouse421.ae.

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