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Art Dubai – based in Dubai, UAE

CASAW is delighted to announce that current University of Edinburgh postgraduate student, Jemma Craig has been selected to undertake the three-month student placement with Art Dubai.  Jemma will finish this placement late November 2015.


Student Placement with Art Dubai – based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

Three-month full-time placement offered by the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) and funded by the AHRC.

A three-month placement with Art Dubai, the leading inter¬national art fair in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

Taking place each year in March, Art Dubai presents a select yet diverse line-up of around 90 galleries from the UAE and around the world, across three programmes: Contemporary; Modern, devoted to masters from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia; and Marker, a curated section of art spaces that focuses each year on a particular theme or geography.

Art Dubai’s extensive not-for-profit programme includes a dynamic roster of commissioned projects, film and radio programmes; artists’ and curators’ residencies; educational initiatives for children through to professionals, including the year-round art school Campus Art Dubai; an annual exhibition of works by winners of The Abraaj Group Art Prize; and the critically-acclaimed Global Art Forum.

Over the last eight years, Art Dubai has become a cornerstone of the region’s booming contemporary art community. Recognised as one of the most globalised meeting points in the art world today, Art Dubai places an emphasis on maintaining its intimate, human scale while foregrounding quality and diversity.

Placement Description

Art Dubai’s ‘Internship’ Programme was initiated in September 2007. Since then over 400 students and recent graduates from 40 nationalities and 20 educational institutions have participated in the scheme and gone on to find further work experience opportunities and permanent placements within Art Dubai and its partner organisations. One third of the interns have been Emirati and the remaining came from countries from across the Arab world plus Iran, India, Peru, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Lithuania, among other countries.

Traineeships at Art Dubai are aimed at young professionals who have completed internships within the art world, or for those who have experience in other fields and are looking to make a switch to the art world. This unique opportunity gives exceptional individuals the opportunity to carry out research alongside the office-bound duties, gain familiarity with the local and regional cultural scene, interact with galleries, artists and others involved in the UAE/ Gulf arts scene.

Art Dubai has fostered close relationships with all major arts faculties in the UAE and abroad. The application process for the Internship Programme is open to students and alumni interested in art and design. Applicants can specialise in curatorial, administrative, events, editorial, research, art education, production or design placements.

Hours & Duration

The placement will run as follows: Tuesday 1 September 2015 – Monday 30 November 2015. Full-time (9 am – 6 pm) with the exception of coordinating potential events outside office hours.

Maximum monthly stipend: £1,143.83 funded by CASAW (for a full-time placement). This is provided in line with AHRC Studentship guidelines and is to cover living, travel and subsistence of the student.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a relevant postgraduate Masters degree programme at a CASAW UK HEI. Eligibility follows AHRC-PG studentship guidelines. The three CASAW HEI’s are: The University of Edinburgh, Durham University and The University of Manchester. Applications from other universities will not be considered.

Current PhD students at CASAW UK HEI’s are welcome to apply and will be considered, provided leave of absence can be secured for the duration of the internship.

Applicants must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom. A relevant connection may be established if:

• The student has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the date of application, and
• Has not been resident in the UK, during any part of that 3-year period wholly or mainly for the purposes of full-time education (EU students – see below), and
• Has settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 (i.e. is not subject to any restriction on the period for which he/she may stay).

A relevant connection may be established for an EU student if the student has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the start of the placement (including for full-time education). British citizens are not subject to immigration control but only those other nationals who have been granted written permission to stay in the UK permanently are settled.

Eligibility will be checked prior to interview and before a placement offer is made. Student eligibility follows AHRC Studentship guidelines. For more information, please see the AHRC Postgraduate Studentships Guide to Student Eligibility, pages 7 -8.

Essential Requirements:

• Excellent communication, writing and research skills in English
• Competence in spoken/ written Arabic
• Interest in (and some familiarity with) the Contemporary Art World
• Excellent project management skills
• IT skills: proficiency in Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Desirable Criteria:

• Capacity for initiative, long-term planning and decision-making
• Excellent time-management and problem-solving skills
• Ability to quickly integrate into a new environment and work within the given structure (fast learning)
• Familiarity with the cultural scene in the Arab world
• Experience in working/ volunteering at cultural/ arts events, or within cultural, arts organisations and companies

Further Information:

More information about Art Dubai is available here: artdubai.ae

For further information please contact Education Manager, Uns Kattan by email at the following address: education@artdubai.ae

For eligibility enquiries, please contact the CASAW Administrator at the address below.

How to Apply:

Please send a letter of application and CV (including names of two references) as attachments to the email address below by 4.00pm on Tuesday 30 June 2015.

Jade Scott-Meikle (CASAW Administrator): admin@casaw.ac.uk


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