The pandemic has debilitated the art world. And the region’s scene has been no exception. Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue, home to some of the Middle East’s premier galleries, has closed its establishments for the last two months. Countless productions and events have also been cancelled.
With the nation home to one of the region’s highest numbers of COVID-19 cases, Saudi Arabia closed its biggest museums and galleries. To circumvent the cancellations’ impact to the art scene, one institution is stepping forward to proactively support artists.
Saudi Arabia’s art institution Athr has partnered up with artists to launch a production and research fund, calling the initiative Ma’an.
The organisation has teamed up with both emerging and established artists to create limited edition artworks, pledging that 50 per cent of the sales from the first 25 editions of each work will be used to support artistic production and research in the Kingdom. Afterwards, 25 per cent of sales will be donated.
Ma’an will also be awarding artists anywhere between 5,000-10,000 SAR through an open call submission.