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AIW:A - Artists' International Workshop

Call for applications for the Artists’ International Workshop in Aley. Deadline: 15 May 2008.
Jan 2008

AIW:A is inviting applications for its 2-week workshop residency program in Aley, Lebanon from the 17th of August until the 1st of September 2008.

The workshop is process oriented, supports experimentation in all media and is targeted at emerging to mid career artists in all fields; encouraging contemporary work in painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, performance and sound. This workshop is part of the Triangle Arts Network of workshops currently active in 20 countries. The Triangle Arts Trust, established in 1982 by Robert Loder and Anthony Caro, is organised as a network of artist-led workshops that encourages experimentation, and cross-media exchange.

The workshop will bring together 20-25 international artists practicing in a wide variety of media, to work among each other, and share ideas and methods for a period of two weeks in the mountain village of Aley. The provision of a fairly short, intensive spell of working and a space for discussion opens up new ideas and opportunities. A series of invited artists, speakers, performers or curators will visit to take part. At the end of the two weeks, the workshop will host an Open Day, which will invite in the local public, artists and cultural operators to celebrate the developments and results of the workshop.

Submissions Deadline: 15th of May, 2008

About AIW:A
As a two-week destination for international artists, the workshop is an attempt to confine a wide range of artistic directions within the boundaries of a specific physical context. This will be the only constraints that participants will have to contend with: the artists will be free to invest in any theme and method they choose, with the possibility of involving other participants in the production and implementation processes. A main goal is for artists to experience various cultural influences and stimulate creative development.
About Aley
Aley is a town in Mount Lebanon, located on the Beirut-Damascus route. It overlooks Beirut and is a half an hour ride from there. Aley was once considered a village up until the 1960’s where it developed into a dense commercial, touristic and entertainment centre. The location of the workshop site is in the west district where it has not been completely urbanized. Aley was partially destroyed during the war and many of the spaces within the immediate context of the workshop have not been restored since, making them inspiring grounds for artistic experimentation and production.
Open Day & Ceremony
After the two-week period there will be an open day in Aley. Critics, artists, curators and the public will be invited along with the Local Administrations and the Ministry of Culture. This is a feature of the Triangle Workshops which is designed to encourage community involvement and introduce audiences to a wide variety of international artistic practices and the process of making art.
The workshop will provide the selected artist with full lodging and food, working space, local transportation and a small material stipend. Travel expenses to Lebanon may also be awarded.

Application Requirements

All 5 requirements should be limited in one email to:
Time based work, such as performance, video, or sound can be sent by DVD by mail to the following address: (please notify by email if sent)
Aiwa c/o Lina Hakim
POBox: 13-5509
Applications must be received by May 15th, 2008. Selected artist will be notified by the beginning of June 2008. Please do not send originals, as we are not able to send mail back to sender.

For more information please contact us by e-mail at:
or by telephone at the following numbers:
Ghassan Maasri
Tel: +961 1 740833
Mob: +961 3 412659
Lina Hakim
Mob: +961 3 232055

(Text provided by the organizers)

15 May 2008


c/o Lina Hakim
PO Box: 13-5509

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