About Artist Residencies

Maraya's residency programme is designed to support emerging and mid career contemporary U.A.E. artists and designers. Located in Sharjah, a dynamic arts hub, and recipient of the 2014 Islamic Cultural Capital Award, Maraya provides a stimulating working environment.

Working with institutions internationally Maraya will send UAE artists/designers overseas and host 3 residents per year for 1-3 months. Travel and honorarium will be covered for international residencies.


Application Process

Interested applicants from the UAE only must have had either one solo show or two group shows in the last 3 years. Applicants must also be over age 21 and must specify if they would like to be considered for local or international residencies.

The following application materials are required in full and sent to 

  • A one page covering letter describing your reasons for apply and details of a proposed art project.
  • A 1-2 page CV.
  • One letter of recommendation from an arts professional.
  • A low-res PDF portfolio with examples of your work (please send video/film via
  • Passport copy/scan.