For seventeen years Tabari Artspace has used its gallery platform to foster cross-cultural dialogue between the West and the Middle East and North Africa. With the understanding that inspiration flourishes amid rich cultural immersion and through encounters with new individuals, spaces and places, the Tabari Artspace’s global residency programme takes art out of the confines of the traditional exhibition framework and, through an innovative model of creative exchange, seeks to provoke unprecedented opportunities for artistic innovation. Connecting communities and incubating inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural exchange, this one-month residency programme places the artists of the Middle East in diverse and dynamic situations in order to disrupt the status-quo and challenge the boundaries of practice and participation.
Artists from the Middle East and North Africa are provided with a transformative opportunity to develop and exhibit new bodies of work through a moving one-month residency programme that places creators in culturally-charged spaces far-removed from their typical studio environment from Zurich to Mexico City, Berlin and beyond.
The local community are invited to engage with the resident artist on an intimate level witnessing their studio environment and entering into new and unexpected paths of conversation. The programme further activates the presence of the artist in residence by inviting the community of immersion to participate in an ever-changing array of workshops and evening dinners and discussions; hosted by a curation of inspirational speakers from diverse professional fields. This point of connectivity not only enriches the local community and next generation of potential creators but also stimulates further opportunities for artistic inspiration. The residency culminates in the exhibition and sale of the artworks produced under these compelling conditions.
Local educational institutions and aspiring artists are able to absorb mentoring support and firsthand knowledge from the artist in residence while discovering new things about their culture, opening pathways for new modes of conceptualisation and understanding.