Laboratory of Arts /Support for Syrian Artists | 7th Edition

Laboratory of Arts is a programme to support artists and independent foundations in their artistic practices in order for they can thrive in their current working conditions and circumstances. The programme also seeks to promote different types of artistic and creative expression and to support artists’ ability to produce, in hopes of fostering a dynamic dialogue and appreciation for the value of creativity in the environments in which they work.

The programme supports creative works in five major artistic fields:

  • Cinema and animation
  • Theatre, dance and performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Visual arts, including fine arts, installations and graphic design
  • Music

The programme offers fifteen grants every year. Beneficiaries receive grants of $10,000 USD for « cinema, animation, theatre, dance and performing arts projects » projects and $6,000 USD for projects in the other categories. Laboratory of Arts supports freedoms of artistic and literary expression and welcomes creativity and innovation, particularly with regards to making supported works accessible to audiences in the Arab region and Europe. The programme is open to artists and artistic initiatives in based in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey and across Europe.

The seventh edition of Laboratory of Arts will be launched with the support of Goethe-Institut Lebanon, the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Dutch Lottery Foundation DOEN, Allianz Foundation and Mamdouh Adwan Publishing House, which is supporting the creative writing category.

Application Guidelines

  • All Syrian artists, including Palestinian-Syrian artists, living in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey and Europe are eligible to apply to the programme
  • Artists must be under 40 years of age
  • The programme is open for initiatives, institutions and artistic groups
  • Beneficiaries of the 5th and 6th editions are not eligible to apply
  • The programme does not support training sessions or workshops that do not produce artwork(s) as a result
  • Applications are evaluated by independent committees consisting of specialists in various artistic media. Committee members will remain anonymous until the results are announced
  • Applications will not be considered if they do not conform to administrative standards. Applications must reflect the evaluation standards described below. If any of the required documents are not provided, the application will be deemed incomplete and therefore ineligible. The compulsory documents are: an electronically filled application form, a copy of the applicant’s identification card, samples of previous projects and samples from the project to be supported
  • Finished projects will not be considered
  • Participants in the project retain full copyright to their artistic outputs, provided that they acknowledge the support provided by Ettijahat- Independent Culture and Goethe-Institut in all exhibitions/performances and tangible outputs.
  • Ettijahat and Goethe-Institut reserve the right to publish and reproduce images/parts of the artistic product throughout the process and thereafter for non-profit purposes
  • Beneficiaries of the grants will be notified directly. Results will also be announced on Ettijahat's and the Geothe Insititue's Websites and on our Facebook Page

Application Selection and Assessment Criteria

Only projects that meet all the specified requirements will be considered. An artistic committee of specialists will select three projects to support in each category. The committee will assess the submitted projects according to the following criteria:

Feasibility: The committee will consider the proposed project application its supporting documents, including the budget, schedule, artistic quality and proposed objectives, the applicant’s artistic vision and motives and the overall feasibility of the project.

Relevance: The committee will examine the applicant’s artistic vision and proposition, the questions raised by the project, their relevance and how closely related they are to the contemporary art scene.

Novelty and Innovation: This criterion is based on the seriousness and novelty of the artistic vision and proposition; the committee will assess how innovative the proposed project is.

Project Timeline

  • Application process opens for submissions: 15th April 2020
  • Deadline for submitting applications: 15th June 202O
  • Announcement of results: 25th August 2020
  • Signing contracts with grantees: September 2020
  • Production of projects: to be complete before 31st August 2021

To download the application form, and to read the Frequently Asked Questions FAQ, please click on the folder below. 

Apply by sending the filled application form with the required documents to the email to

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