The Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF)
The Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, in partnership with the Rhodes Island School of Design, has established the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF), a year-long program, to support to 15 promising artists in the UAE from the various visual arts disciplines.
The SEAF program aims to identify and nurture emerging artists in the UAE; and provide emerging artists with the artistic and technical knowledge and professional skills. The Foundation aims to establish a community of emerging artists in the UAE; and encourage graduate studies in the arts.
Through the partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design, one of the world’s most prestigious art universities, the first cohort of the SEAF program has commenced in November 2013 and graduated in September 2014, and the second cohort commenced in November 2014 and will end September 2015. It includes:
- An innovative suite of academic courses;
- Technical skills workshops;
- Professional skills trainings;
- Studio and exhibition practicum;
- A cross cultural trip to an international art capital; and
- Creative production grants.
Upon completion of the program, the most talented and deserving artists, who are able to gain admission to the Rhode Island School of Design, will be given a full scholarship to pursue a Masters in Fine Arts. All graduates will join a new community of emerging artists in the UAE who will grow with one another and have opportunities to participate in the Foundation’s various other arts initiatives.