New York University Abu Dhabi Institute has announced the opening of submissions for the Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award 2015, which is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF).
Now in its third year and driven towards fostering local talents' artistic excellence, the Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award 2015 is open to U.A.E. residents and full-time students who are currently in higher education institutions or have graduated within the past five years.
Applicants' artwork may comprise any form of media pertaining to photography, sculpture, installation, video or land art.
One of the main objectives of the Christo & Jeanne-Claude Awards is to encourage applicants to think creatively in terms of demonstrating their artwork and come up with innovative ideas that challenge the conventional demonstration of the ‘white cube' gallery space, according to the organisers.
The winner this year will receive US$5,000 alongside an additional $15,000, which will be used to fund and further promote a touring solo exhibition of the winning work in 2015. The winning applicant will also be awarded $10,000 by Christo himself at the end of the touring exhibition, to fund any future artistic projects.
Applications will be received on the NYUAD and ADMAF websites until November 1st. Students must be nominated for the award by a mentor or academic tutor, while recent graduates may apply either independently or with the support of a nominator.