Artist Protection Fund

  Rashwan Abdelbaki , Artist Protection Fund Fellow and ArteEast Artist-in-Residence

Rashwan Abdelbaki, Artist Protection Fund Fellow and ArteEast Artist-in-Residence

The Artist Protection Fund (APF) is a three-year pilot program at the Institute of International Education, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The APF makes life-saving fellowship grants to threatened artists from any field of artistic endeavor, and places them at host universities and arts centers in safe countries where they can continue their work.

Arte East

Since its beginnings as a New York-based programmer in Middle Eastern films, ArteEast has developed into an organization that advocates and supports Middle Eastern artists’ and arts organizations’ engagement with U.S.-based arts communities and audiences. By being responsive to the shifting needs and opportunities on the ground in the region, ArteEast has steadily evolved to become a valued U.S.-based partner for and supporter of artists working in the visual, literary and performance arts, while also expanding the U.S. cultural and philanthropic communities’ understanding of the challenges and opportunities of engaging with the MENA regional arts community.



Art Jameel

Art Jameel – Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI) arts and culture initiative – aims to foster and promote a thriving arts scene within the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) region and to support the development of creative enterprises. In partnership with art organizations worldwide, Art Jameel develops cultural exchange programs to encourage networking and knowledge sharing.  Art Jameel is the founding partner of Edge of Arabia, The Crossway Foundation, Arabian Wings, Jeddah Art Week and The Archive. In partnership with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London it provides the biannual Jameel Prize for contemporary art inspired by Islamic traditions. Additional projects include: Jeddah Sculptures Museum, a public park established in collaboration with Jeddah Municipality; the Art Jameel Photography Award; the Art Jameel Art Olympics in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia; and the Art Jameel Program for Traditional Arts and Crafts in collaboration with the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.

ALJCI was established in 2003 to promote positive social change through the establishment of long-term partnerships with international institutions, and the creation of initiatives in the fields of Job Creation – Bab Rizq Jameel; Global Poverty Alleviation; Arts and Culture – Art Jameel; Education and Training – Education Jameel; and Health and Social – Social Jameel. More information on ALJCI’s considerable set of initiatives can be found online at www.aljci.org.

Edge of Arabia

Edge of Arabia is an indepndent arts initiative developing an appreciation for contemporary Middle Eastern art and culture with a particular focus on Saudi Arabia. Edge of Arabia is dedicated to connecting Middle Eastern artists and international audiences. To date, Edge of Arabia has welcomed 250,000 visitors to its exhibitions, distributed over 50,000 books & catalogues worldwide, impacted over 300 schools & universities through its award winning education program and reached a wider audience of over 10,000,000 through a dedicated communications campaign. International exhibitions include: Rhizoma, 55th Venice Biennale (2013); #COMETOGETHER, East London (2012); We Need to Talk, Jeddah (2012); The Future of a Promise, 54th Venice Biennale (2011); Terminal, Dubai (2011); Transition, Istanbul: European Capital of Culture (2010); Grey Borders/Grey Frontiers, Berlin (2010); Edge of Arabia, Riyadh (2010); Edge of Arabia, 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); and Edge of Arabia, University of London (2008). More information can be found here: http://edgeofarabia.com


 Husam Al-Sayed, Filmmaker

Husam Al-Sayed, Filmmaker

Husam Al-Sayed is a Palestinian filmmaker born and raised in Saudi Arabia. His practice is focused on the similarities and differences between individuals from different cultures and regions through the history and in present time. He investigates the traditions and habits of human through their creative and inventive achievements. Al-Sayed is a co-founder of Telfaz11 YouTube Channel. Since its conception in 2011, Telfaz11 network grew into over 7 million subscribers and over 7500,000,000 viewers across and over 10 YouTube shows. He previously worked as a commercial advertisement director, making ads for companies such as Nestle, Toyota, P&G, Unilever, Unicef, and others. Al-Sayed is constantly looking for visual and technical connections between the two wings of his practice. AlSayed is one of the few select filmmakers whose work was picked for the One Day on Earth movie. Al-Sayed obtained his B.A. in Digital Film & Television from Limkokwing University for Creative Technology, Malaysia. He currently lives and works in Saudi Arabia.


 SALAR, Musician and composer

SALAR, Musician and composer

Salar Ansari (also known as: SALAR) is a Dubai-based Iranian multidisciplinary artist, electronic music composer and founding member of the Analog Room, a DJ and music platform in the Middle East with an international residency program for electronic music composers. Since launching in 2012, Analog Room has cultivated an extensive network of regional-grown electronic music composers and created awareness about the medium in the region.





Maria Elvira Escallón was born in 1954 in London, UK, and she currently lives and works in Bogota, Colombia. Her work is developed around the relation between culture and nature, and construction and deconstruction. Most of the time, her projects take shape as sculptural interventions or installations in usually inaccessible places that the artist documents with photographs. These interventions can be very subtle and almost imperceptible, and sometimes they are the result of a repetitive action, which involves an intense physical part. Furthermore, since 2004 she has being working on a project that addresses the public health system, focusing on the state of neglect of public hospitals. Her work was been included in many art events in Colombia, and abroad, and she has received several awards. Since 2000 she’s been developing projects all around the world, and her work is shown internationally.

Website: http://mariaelviraescallon.org