Open Call: Visual & Digital art residency in Cairo

Technology influences the way we see our lives.
Technology changes the way we connect with each other.
Technology is an instrument to make our voice heard.

How can we keep our identity whilst being open to other digital cultures? How can we balance the old analog and the new digital life?

These questions are central for the new season of the Out Of The Circle art residency.

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The Out Of The Circle art residency is for visual and digital artists, curators and researchers, who would like to discover the contemporary Egyptian life, traditions, arts and culture. The residency is based in Mohandessin, Cairo.

The residency offers a chance for the participant to first conceptualize and then realize a specific residency project. The project can be a visual or digital art project, research as well as a workshop the residence would like to conduct.  The Out of the Circle team supports the residents in developing their projects throughout the whole length of their stay.

The resident has access to our small library. During the stay will have the residents will have the chance to discover different areas of Cairo and the vibrant cultural scene. The accommodation is located in central Cairo and well connected to Zamalek (15 minutes) and Downtown (20 minutes train ride). The Out Of The Circle team will also help the resident to establish connections with other local arts and culture organizations based on individual interest.

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The residency accommodation is a two bedroom flat in a five storey house. The resident will have a private double room and a quiet place in the studio.

Please note:

  • The arts residency in our studio is open for all international artists, researchers or curators but we encourage artists from Latin American, Africa and Middle East to apply.
  • Out Of The Circle will connect the resident with Egyptian artists and organizations

  • The resident should hold a public presentation of their work in the Out Of The Circle Studio

  • The applicant should have a residency project or research. Out Of the Circle will support and assist with the project’s realization.

  • Residency fee 100 $ Dollars per week.

  • Double room with air condition, shared studio, bathroom, kitchen (fridge, cooker, washing machine) and internet included

  • Pick up from airport and a welcome dinner with an Egyptian family included

  • Optional culture/history tours about Cairo with professional tour guide French/English possible

Residency length: from 2 weeks to 3 months in 2019


IMG_5158To apply for Out Of The Circle residency


Kindly send us:

Your name (as stated in passport) and artist name

Nationality/Country of Residency

Your project concept. 500 words maximum. Please explain why you are interested in a residency with us.

Your Biography and CV.

Work samples: 5 to 10 photos, links on Vimeo if you are an artist. Sample of your work if you are a curator or researcher.

If you are selected for the residence, we will ask you for a copy of your passport.

Out Of The Circle is not currently offering grants, but we are happy to write you letters of recommendation.

For applying kindly send us your application no later then 24 December 2018 to