Arts & Culture

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    Overview

    The Al Qasimi Foundation is invested in the artistic and cultural development of Ras Al Khaimah and the United Arab Emirates. By convening Ras Al Khaimah’s creative community through the annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival, Creative Dialogues series, and Studio and Gallery space, the Foundation cultivates grassroot artistic collaborations and expression. We also provide funding to support local and emerging talent in the form of our Artist-in-Residence Program and Film Grant opportunities. When people come together to engage in art and culture, they foster mutual respect and understanding that builds relationships to strengthen and enrich the Ras Al Khaimah and UAE communities.

    Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival

    The Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival was established in March 2013 and is the Foundation’s signature arts and culture event annually. The Festival is a nonprofit initiative designed to showcase the talent and work of local and international artists, photographers, and filmmakers in a community setting and to support the development of the arts in Ras Al Khaimah. Since 2019, the Festival has presented its fine art, photography, and sculptures as a large-scale, outdoor visual arts exhibition in the recently restored Al Jazirah Al Hamra Heritage Village. Other regular Festival programming includes film screenings, tours, and public art workshops.

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    Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival

    Studio and Gallery

    About the Gallery
    Public Art Workshops
    Exhibitions
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    The Al Qasimi Foundation’s Studio & Gallery serves as a collaborative hub of innovation and creativity in Ras Al Khaimah. Through exhibitions, artist residencies, community workshops, and events, it provides a platform for engaging local artists and community members in creative dialogue and exchange. The Studio & Gallery aims to highlight the integral role arts play in personal and community growth and helps to support the artistic community in Ras Al Khaimah and the United Arab Emirates through a wide range of cultural and educational programming.

    To view our current and upcoming exhibitions, workshops, and events, visit our :

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    To build on the programming associated with the annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival, the Studio & Gallery hosts year-round art workshops and educational programming. Most workshops are free and open to the public.

    Artists interested in hosting a creative workshop as part of the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival or Studio & Gallery calendar of events must complete the Workshop Application Form and submit the following supporting documents to events@alqasimifoundation.rak.ae.

    • Lead presenter's artistic CV
    • Detailed description of each workshop idea (max. 3 pages)
    • Images to support workshop ideas, including samples of what participants would create
    By submitting the Form, the applicants agree to comply with the Studio & Gallery Space Usage Terms and Conditions.
    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis unless otherwise specified.
    Exhibition
    The Studio & Gallery offers complimentary year-round exhibition space for local and international artists and art collectors. Solo and group exhibitions may last 7-14 days plus additional time for set-up and take down. Painters, sculptors, mosaic artists, photographers, and other visual artists are invited to submit proposals for holding an exhibition in the space. The Studio & Gallery is also open to art collectors interested in sharing their collections with the community.
     
    Interested artists and collectors must complete the Exhibition Application Form and submit the following supporting documents to events@alqasimifoundation.rak.ae:
    • Artistic CV or Collection Overview
    • Number, titles, and dimensions of artworks intended for exhibition
    • Images of artworks intended for exhibition as .doc or .pdf files
    By submitting the Form, the applicants agree to comply with the Studio & Gallery Space Usage Terms and Conditions.
     
    Complete exhibition applications are reviewed on a rolling basis unless otherwise specified.
    Studio & Gallery operating hours during exhibitions*:
    • Sunday – Thursday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
    • Friday: Closed
    • Saturday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

    *Adjustments to the standard exhibition hours may be made based on mutual agreement.

    Artist Residencies

    Artist Residencies

    The Foundation's Artist-in-Residence Program provides an opportunity for local and international artists to produce new work and engage in cultural exchange with the Ras Al Khaimah community. Resident Artists are encouraged to draw inspiration from the Emirates as they develop their work and share their talent with the local community by leading public workshops and classes. Applications are welcome from all nationalities and creative practices for residencies lasting 6 – 12 months. The Artist-in-Residence Program culminates in an exhibition at the Foundation’s Studio & Gallery and the potential to engage the community in developing a public art installation.

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    Film Grants

    The Foundation’s Film Grants provide early career filmmakers with 25,000 AED of funding to direct short films on topics related to the United Arab Emirates or broader Gulf region. A minimum of one grant is awarded annually through a competitive application process, and documentaries are given preference. Films produced through Film Grant awards are screened at the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival the following year.

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