AiR #02 / el-Atlal
— By el-Atlal

el-Atlal welcomes artists and researchers of all origins for a residency programme in the oasis city of Jericho in Palestine.


Jericho is at the geographic center of the West Bank yet remains in the margins of Palestinian cultural and artistic production. el-Atlal believes it is a space conducive to creation and wishes to evidence the links between art and research by inviting residents to reflect, work and create in Jericho.

The el-Atlal project is spearheaded by a team of people coming from the worlds of arts, literature, academia and architecture in the goal of encouraging intellectual and artistic exchanges between Palestine and the rest of the world. In December 2016, thanks to several sources of funding, AAU ANASTAS and their research department SCALES, in cooperation with GSA (Paris-Malaquais School of Architecture) built a stone dune prototype on the el-Atlal land, which gives a concrete dimension to our presence in Jericho.

After a pilot edition in 2015 in Amman (Jordan), where el-Atlal hosted artists unable to enter the Palestinian territory, and a first edition in Jericho in 2016 — enabled, among other sources, by a grant from the Fondation pour l’Éducation et la Culture Franco-Arabe — el-Atlal is renewing its residency programme for 2017.

The 2017 residency will be a month long (extendable to a month and a half if the funds available to el-Atlal allow), from end of October 2017 and will host a limited number of residents.

The artist-in-residency programme is open to any artist, writer or researcher with a solid experience and a real motivation as to the specificity of the place. The selection will give priority to original projects that aim to be inscribed within the space of Jericho. el-Atlal, as a research residency, does not require its residents to necessarily complete their projects by the end of their stay in Jericho. However, the residents will be asked to hold open studios with the public and present their work at the end of the residency. Working and exchanging with local communities is highly encouraged. The residents must speak English, Arabic or French. Dual applications are also accepted.

The residency will take place from 23 October to 27 November 2017. Applicants will be notified of results around 30 June. Residents are required to be present in Jericho at the agreed dates.

el-Atlal will provide the following:

Accommodation (separate rooms, two shared bathrooms and a common kitchen),
A shared work space,
A grant of €1000 for each project and a per diem of €500 for each resident,
Up to €450 to provide for the plane ticket.
Travels within Jericho and to other cities, as well as any expenditure that is not included within the grant and per diems, should be taken care of by the residents.

The residents are expected to be autonomous in their work and their travels. They are responsible for their entry visa to Palestine and we strongly suggest that they inform themselves as to possible difficulties.

The submission will be a single PDF document in A4, named “SURNAME_Name_AIR2017” and will include the following:

A resume (2 pages maximum),
A curated portfolio of up to 20 pages, including previous works or projects. It can include links to video, sound or multimedia works (5 minutes maximum), as well as written material,
A statement of purpose, up to 2 pages, presenting a detailed description of the project, including the approach and the logistical and technical means to carry it out,
Applications can be written in English, Arabic or French.
Submissions will be sent by e-mail before 30 May 2017 at with “EL ATLAL 2017 APPLICATION” as the subject line. Submissions must be compressed into a ZIP file of 15MB maximum. Incomplete applications will be automatically rejected.

A committee of experts from the worlds of art and research will review and select the residents.

For further information, contact

Bethlehem Palestine

79 Caritas Street Bethlehem

T +972 (2) 2741255
F +972 (2) 2741333

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T +33(6) 81 08 20 82

Bethlehem Palestine

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