The Teaching Artist Fellowship

Programme Overview

The Teaching Artist Fellowship is a structured six-month residency based in Art Studio, Manarat Al Saadiyat. The Fellowship is designed for artists who value community engagement within their artistic practice and are interested in honing their teaching skills. The programme will offer three selected teaching artists the opportunity to set up their studio within a vibrant learning environment, while developing their creative and teaching practice through chosen areas of research. Selected fellows will participate in professional development seminars delivered by leading regional and international partners and will be provided training on designing meaningful learning experiences while learning how to effectively communicate their practice to various audiences. At the end of the fellowship, artists can expect to build effective communication skills, facilitation experience as well as a robust teaching portfolio.

Structure and Format:

The Fellowship will run for a duration of six months from September 2023 - February 2024.

Teaching Artists will be provided:

• A dedicated studio space
• Access to studio facilities and art materials
• Professional development seminars on designing their residency and intended learning experiences
• Workshops and lectures around facilitation, interpretation, communication, and differentiated learning
• Opportunities for self-led and support teaching
• One-on-one guidance and support through Planning and Development sessions
• Monthly stipend and research budget

Teaching Artists are expected to:

Maintain engagement as an active member of the Fellowship and Art Studio community

• Attend and participate in seminars, workshops and lectures
• Develop self-led educational programmes for a total of 5 hours per month
• Support and assist other teaching artists for a total of 4 hours per month
• Dedicate 2.5 hours per month towards Planning and Development sessions
• Participate in biweekly seminars and engage in discussions of assigned readings
• Track progress and insights throughout the fellowship to assemble and submit a teaching portfolio

Application Requirements:

Applications should include the following documents, placed in sequence as listed below, and compiled into a single PDF to

• CV (2 pages maximum)
• Cover letter describing your interest in the Fellowship and what you hope to gain from this opportunity
• Project proposal that outlines ideas for two workshops and two self-led activities, their intended audiences as well as their learning objectives
• Portfolio of work, including examples of prior workshop or teaching experience (10 works maximum)
• Emirates ID copy
• Passport copy Application Deadline:
  July 21, 2023


• UAE-based artists who work in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, or ceramics
• MFA or evidence of sustained studio practice in the last five years
• Experience facilitating workshops in art or community settings
• Demonstrated interest in community engagement