Deadline: January 12, 2016

Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) announces the Open Call to present at the March Meeting 2016: Education, Engagement and Participation and welcomes proposals from individuals to present thematically relevant talks and case studies.

March Meeting 2016 (MM 2016) will consider how institutions, initiatives, curators and artists have increasingly prioritised their relationships with audiences and communities through current thinking around ideas of education, engagement and participation. Rather than presume these terms have prescribed meanings or operate according to rehearsed protocols and practices, MM 2016 emerges from a number of basic questions that attempt to break from routine and examine other points of departure.

How does the capacity for engagement change across different institutional scales, for example, from emergent art spaces to established museums or from itinerant initiatives to biennial exhibitions? How can we think about the ways in which various durations, intensities, rhythms and other measures of time shape the potentials and limits of such work at the levels of artistic, curatorial and institutional practices? How might a shift in terms of engagement from the formation of individual projects and institutions toward a larger sphere of an art scene or ecology introduce new paradigms for practice? And how have institutional and infrastructural needs, regionally and internationally, evolved since the first March Meeting in 2008?

Now in its ninth year, March Meeting is Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual gathering of artists, art professionals and institutions concerned with art practice and production in the region and internationally. In 2016 the two day March Meeting will bring together practitioners to explore issues, concerns and initiatives surrounding this work in a series of programmed keynote talks, case studies, panel discussions as well as through informal conversations shared over the two day convening.

MM 2016 Open Call welcomes proposals for thematically relevant presentations grounded in applicants’ areas of expertise or experience that resonate with this year’s theme. Selected Open Call applicants will be invited to give 10-minute presentations on March 12 and 13 and join other March Meeting Week events from March 11-15.

If you would like to be considered as a candidate for the Open Call, please complete and submit the attached application form via email to by January 12, 2016.

Download the form here.