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August 2018October 2018

HWP |2016-17 |About|2015-16|2014-15|2013-14|2012-13|2011-12|



المنهاج CURRICULUM
لجنة المنهاج Curriculum Committee
The Home Workspace Program Curriculum Committee consists of members whose artistic practices and pedagogical experience engage a diverse range of disciplines and media. The committee rotates every three years. Alongside the HWP Resident Professor and Program Coordinator, the Curriculum Committee develops the structural and thematic framework of the program, invites Visiting and Guest Professors,and participates in selecting each year’s admitted fellows.

Current members of the Curriculum Committee are Tony Chakar, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Iman Issa, Joe Namy, Zeynep Oz, Walid Raad, and Christine Tohme. Previous members have included Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Rabah, Gregory Sholette and others.
لجنة منهاج «برنامج فضاء أشغال داخلية» تضم أعضاءً تشتبك ممارساتهم الفنية وخبراتهم التربوية مع طيف عريض من الحقول والوسائط، يتبدّل أعضاؤها كل ثلاث سنوات. تقوم «لجنة المناج» بمشاركة مديرة البرنامج، بوضع هيكل البرنامج وثيماته، ومن ثم توجه دعوتها إلى الأساتذة المقيمين وغيرهم من المشرفين على كل من مكوّنات البرنامج، والمنوط بهم صوغ المحتوي الدراسي وموضوعاته. كذلك، تشارك اللجنة في اختيار الملتحقين في كل عام.

أعضاء «لجنة المنهاج» هذا العام هم طوني شكر وناتاشا صدر حقيقيان وإيمان عيسى وجو نعمه وزينب أوز ووليد رعد وكريستين طعمه. أعضاء اللجنة السابقون هم جوانا حاجي-توما وخليل رباح وغريغوري شوليت ولينا مجدلاني.
الأساتدة الزائرين Visiting Professors
Visiting Professors (VPs) – artists, collectives, writers, scholars and others – are invited for an extended period, alongside guests of their choice, to explore themes, apparatuses and forms affined with their distinct artistic practices through workshops, seminars, and public lectures. The Resident Professors also participate in studio visits and engage in discussion with HWP fellows. Past VP’s have included: Emily Jacir, Kader Attia, Walid Raad, Sandra Noeth, and Raqs Media collective, among many others.
يقوم كل من الأساتذة الزائرين بتنسيق الورشات وحلقات النقاش، تستجلي ثيمات ووسائط وتقنيات تتصل بممارسة كل منهم، وذلك من خلال ورشات وحلقات دراسة ومحاضرات مفتوحة للجمهور تتعرّض لموضوعات الممارسة الفنّية. كما يشارك الأساتذة المقيمون في زيارات لمحترفات الملتحقين بالبرنامج والاشتباك معهم في نقاشات بنّاءة. نذكر من الأساتذة المقيمين السابقين كل من إميلي جاسر وقادر عطيّة وغريغوري شوليت، وساندرا نوت وغيرهم.
المستشار المقيم Resident Advisor
The Resident Advisor (RA) acts as the ongoing support to fellows for the duration of the program. The RA attends the various activities in HWP, assists in three group critiques and an end of year open studio, and is available throughout the year for studio visits and one-on-one meetings with fellows.
يلعب المستشار المقيم دوراً محورياً، إذ يؤمّن سنداً مستداماً للمشاركين أثناء كل مكوّن من مكوّنات البرنامج، وفي الفترات التي تتخللها. يشارك الفنان المقيم في شتى فعاليات «برنامج فضاء أشغال داخلية» ويمد يد العون إبان جلسات النقد الجمعيّة والمحترفات المفتوحة، كما يتواجد على مدار العام الدراسي، لزيارة المحترفات وعقد اللقاءات الفردية مع كل من الملتحقين بالبرنامج.
الدورات السابقة Past Editions
HWP is organized annually, with each curricular year running for a 10-month period. To read more on past, current and upcoming editions, view the below links:

HWP 2015-16 (current edition) led by Resident Professors Ghassan Salhab, Sandra Noeth, Minerva Cuevas, and Raqs Media Collective.

HWP 2014-15 led by Resident Professors Kader Attia, Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige, Walid Raad, Khalil Rabah, Lina Saneh, Gregory Sholette, and WHW.

HWP 2013-14 led by Resident Professors Jalal Toufic & Anton Vidokle.

HWP 2012-13 led by Resident Professor Matthias Lilienthal.

HWP 2011-12 led by Resident Professor Emily Jacir.
HWP is organized annually around workshops, seminars, lectures, group critiques and studio visits. Visiting Professors (VPs) and their invited guests organize workshops and seminars based on their practices. Alongside the work of the VPs’, the curriculum includes a series of seminars to complement the fellows’ general theoretical and art historical knowledge offered by Guest Professors. A Resident Advisor follows the fellows’ work throughout the year, organizing group critiques and one to one sessions. Each year, a Preface to the program is organized by an invited guest, or Preface leader. In these first three weeks, fellows introduce their work, are introduced to the HWP program, and are oriented to Lebanon’s urban and cultural geography through site visits and talks. HWP 2017-18 introduces a yearlong, weekly course component organized around thematic modules offered by Visiting and Guest Professors.
يتم وضع منهاج «برنامج أشغال داخلية» على نحو سنوي، ويتمحور حول عدد من الورشات والحلقات الدراسية وجلسات النقد الجمعي وزيارات المحترفات. يقوم كل من الأساتذة الزائرين وضيوفهم بتنسيق ورشات عمل وحلقات دراسة، تتصل بممارسة كل منهم الفنية. إلى جانب هذا، يضم المنهاج عدداً من حلقات الدراسة، التي تسهم في تعزيز معارف الملتحقين بالبرنامج النظرية والتاريخية، ويشرف عليها عدد من المحاضرين والمفكّرين والمؤّلفين الزائرين. يقوم مستشار مقيم بمتابعة كل من الملتحقين بالبرنامج على مدار العام، كما يقوم بعقد جلسات النقد الجمعي ولقاءات فردية مع كل منهم. كل عام، يقوم علي شرّي بالإشراف على «التصدير»، وهو بمثابة مدخل للبرنامج يمتد على مدار ثلاث أسابيع يعرض لأعمال الملتحقين به، كما يتم تعريفهم بالمشهد اللبناني العمراني والتاريخي والثقافي، وذلك من خلال زيارات ميدانية وجولات. يشتمل برنامج العام ٢٠١٧-٢٠١٨ على «مسار» يمتد على مدار العام في صورة محاضرة أسبوعية، يتمحور حول عدد من الثيمات، ويشرف عليه عدد من الأساتذة الزائرين.
المرافق FACILITIES
The HWP is housed in Ashkal Alwan’s multidisciplinary space in Jisr al Wati, Beirut, and includes studio, muti-purpose and presentation spaces, a library, video and sound editing suites, and a cafe. The space is shared by HWP and Ashkal Alwan’s other platforms, while amenities are accessible for use by local and visiting artists, collectives, researchers and students.

The library is open Monday to Friday, 10 am – 6:30 pm. Workspaces are open Monday to Friday, 8 am – 10 pm, and Saturdays upon request. The space is closed on Sundays and during holidays.

Ashkal Alwan grants priority access to HWP fellows for use of workspaces and other amenities, and fellows coordinate their requests with the administration in advance.
يحتضن فضاء «أشكال ألوان» متعدد الأغراض «برنامج فضاء أشغال داخلية»، ويقع في منطقة الجسر الواطي (بيروت)، ويضم مساحات للعمل وللعرض، إلى جانب مكتبة ووحدات لتوليف الڤيديو والصوت، ومقهى صغير. يشغل البرنامج هذا الفضاء بالاشتراك مع فعاليات أخرى تقيمها «أشكال ألوان»، ومن ثم فإن جميع المرافق متاحة لاستخدام الجمهور، من الفنانين والمجموعات والباحثين والطلبة من لبنان وخارجه.

تفتح المكتبة أبوابها أيام الاثنين إلى الجمعة، من الساعة ١٠ص وحتى ٦:٣٠م. مساحات العمل مفتوحة أيام الاثنين إلى الجمعة، من الساعة ٨ص وحتى ١٠م، كما تفتح أبوابها أيام السبت بطلب مسبق. العطلة أيام الآحاد والعطلات الرسمية.

للملتحقين بـ«برنامج فضاء أشغال داخلية» أولوية استخدام مساحات العمل وغيرها من المرافق، وذلك بالتنسيق مع الإدارة.
Who can apply to the HWP 2016-17?

Applications are open to international candidates; and applicants from Lebanon and the Arab world are especially encouraged to apply. There is no age limit, as long as you are above 18 years old. You must be an artist (in any discipline) or other cultural practitioner with a demonstrable interest and experience in your field of practice (refer to the ADMISSIONS section for more information):
-Former applicants are welcome to apply again. -Former applicants who were selected but did not attend are welcome to apply again. -Former participants of HWP 2013-14 are welcome to apply again. -Former enrolled participants in HWP 2011-12, HWP 2012-13 and HWP 2014-15 are not eligible to re-apply.

Can I apply if I have don’t have an arts degree?

We strongly prefer applicants to have completed formal undergraduate training in arts or arts-related studies. However, the admissions committee may consider demonstrable experience in the arts or in arts-related fields in lieu of formal training if deemed appropriate, and may also consider a broader background in non arts-related studies/practices if deemed relevant.

What happens after I submit my application?

After submissions, the admissions committee will review applications and select a shortlist of candidates in March. This shortlist will be discussed and candidates may be contacted, at only a day or two’s notice, for an interview via Skype (or in person if you live in Beirut). Therefore, please ensure that you have access to email, phone, and Skype around this time.

Final decisions regarding successful applicants are made by May, and you will be contacted by email to inform you of the results. Your application will have gone one of three ways: you were either accepted for admissions, or added to a waiting list, or your application was not successful. We regret that we cannot give detailed feedback on your application.

If my application was unsuccessful, or if I didn’t apply at all, can I still participate in the HWP?

The HWP includes a number of lectures that are open to the public, and selected seminars or workshops that you can attend even if you are not enrolled. All other activities are for enrolled fellows only.

What happens if I am accepted for admission?

Admitted candidates are required to confirm their arrangements and participation, and send the required documents, within one month of their notification. If they are unable to confirm their attendance within this timeframe, other candidates from the waiting list will be contacted. Once they do confirm, candidates are kindly asked to be aware that dropping out beyond this point could mean taking the place of other deserving and more available candidates.

What about if I were put on the waiting list?

If you are on the waiting list, we may contact you at any point should a place become available.

What if I’m admitted and confirm after one month, but something comes up so I have to cancel my arrangements?

We kindly request that you avoid such a situation whenever possible: If you have any concerns, difficulties, conflicting engagements, or unforeseen circumstances before or after you confirm your attendance, please inform us immediately so we can try to work around it, or select another candidate from the waiting list if necessary.

If I am accepted but cannot attend for unexpected reasons, can I defer my participation to the next year?

No. Due to the particular context of each edition, an applicant is accepted only for the edition which they have applied to, and have to re-apply for consideration in future editions.

How much should I expect to pay for the HWP?

Each year, HWP raises its funds from various funding institutions and private donors in order to provide a free tuition to all fellows. However, free tuition does not include accommodation and living expenses, or project/production costs – fellows are expected to raise these funds from other sources.

How much should I estimate for accommodation and living costs?

Rent for a furnished room in a shared flat can cost from $350-500/month, shared utilities $20-50/month, and living expenses about $20-30/day. It is recommended to estimate about $1000/month for accommodation and living expenses.

Does the HWP offer financial aid?

Please refer to the TUITION & FINANCIAL AID section of the open call.

Once admitted, and upon request, HWP can provide you with an invitation letter to support your funding applications.

Does the HWP 2017-18 provide fellows with a personal production budget?

No. While participants are expected to carry out personal research and project(s) within the context of HWP, budgets for production should be sought out from external sources.

What kind of commitment (time / schedule) is expected from fellows?

Fellows are expected to be fully available to follow the assigned schedule, and avoid planning conflicting outside engagements, and allow for flexibility in their schedules as the curriculum demands.

For the HWP 2017-18, fellows can expect a schedule of 2-3 half days and 1-2 evenings a week, with the exception of the Preface, which will follow a daily intensive schedule in the first 3 weeks of the program.

Does the HWP help participants with locating/finding accommodation in Beirut?

HWP will endeavor to direct fellows to links and leads on available accommodation in Beirut within its network whenever possible. Fellows are highly encouraged to arrange their own accommodation and carry out their research independently.

What about studio spaces, working facilities, equipment?

The HWP is housed in Ashkal Alwan’s multidisciplinary space in Jisr al Wati, Beirut, which includes work and presentation spaces, library, video and sound editing suites, and coffee shop. The space is shared by HWP and Ashkal Alwan’s other platforms, and amenities are accessible for use by local and visiting artists, collectives, researchers and students.

Fellows may request a studio space whenever their work requires, and may also request equipment for use on the premises.

While HWP participants have priority in using workspaces, equipment and other amenities, they should coordinate their requests in advance with the administration.

The space is open to HWP participants for studio work Monday to Friday, 8 am – 10 pm, and Saturdays upon request. The space closes on Sundays and during holidays.

Will my work be exhibited in Beirut?

Exhibitions of fellows’ work are not part of the HWP curriculum. The HWP allows opportunities for informal public presentations within the context of the curriculum, such as through open studios.

Is the HWP a residency program?

No. The HWP is a non-degree-granting, arts study program on the level of graduate studies. The program offers artists and cultural practitioners a discursive program and feedback on their work, and time, space and resources to develop their practice.

Is the HWP an accredited academic program?

While the HWP may engage academic concerns and discourses, it remains an independent program outside formal academic and accreditation structures. Upon request, HWP issues certificates to fellows acknowledging their participation.

What languages are used in the HWP?

Due to the international framework of HWP, the working language is English. Fellows may be advised to take an English language course prior to the start of the program or later on – if deemed necessary.

What about visa arrangements?

Ashkal Alwan will endeavor to arrange a one-year volunteer residency permit in Lebanon for all non-Lebanese fellows (if applicable). However, fellows should be prepared that the process for these permits is subject to the approval of the GSO (General Security Office) in Lebanon, and Ashkal Alwan is not responsible for any denied visas or permits.
Launched by Ashkal Alwan in Beirut in 2011, the Home Workspace Program (HWP) is a 10-month arts study program that enrolls 10-15 fellows per year. The program is open to artists and other practitioners from Lebanon and the world over to develop their formal, technical and theoretical skills in a critical setting, and provides enrolled fellows with feedback and resources to facilitate and support their art practice. Each admitted fellow is granted a merit-based scholarship, access to studio space and HWP facilities. A public component is accessible to non-enrolled participants through lectures, seminars and workshops. Tuition and public activities in the HWP are free.

HWP was initially developed to explore free, trans-disciplinary, critical models of arts education in Lebanon and the Arab region where education is mostly privatized. Moreover, it aims to include a wide range of practitioners and guest teachers, all the while addressing geopolitical particularities, and existing conditions in art and the educational landscape.
«برنامج فضاء أشغال داخلية» برنامج لدراسة الفنون يمتد على مدار عشرة أشهر، أطلقته «أشكال ألوان» في العام ٢٠١١ في بيروت، ويلتحق به حوالي ١٠ إلى ١٥ مشارك/ة. يستقبل هذا البرنامج الفنانين، وغيرهم من المشتغلين بالحقل الثقافي، من لبنان وخارجه، الراغبين في تنمية مهاراتهم التشكيلية والتقنية والنظرية في إطار نقدي، كما يؤمّن للملتحقين به فرصة للتجاوب مع آخرين، إلى جانب الموارد اللازمة لتعزيز ممارساتهم الفنية ومساندة نموّها. يتمتع كل من الملتحقين بالبرنامج بمنحة دراسية كاملة، تُمنَح علي أساس الاستحقاق، تؤمّن لهم محترفات وغيرها من مرافق البرنامج. يتيح البرنامج لغير الملتحقين به إمكانية حضور شتى المحاضرات وحلقات الدراسة والورشات وغيرها من الفعاليات المفتوحة للجمهور، والتي تقام جميعها بالمجّان.

أطلق «برنامج فضاء أشغال داخلية» لاستكشاف أنماطاً حرّة، لا تتقيد بالحقل المعرفي، وذات حس نقدي من تعليم الفنون في لبنان والعالم العربي، حيث يسود التعليم الخاص، وحيث يتطلّع الفنانون الناشئون إلى السفر للخارج طلباً للدراسات العليا، إذا ما استطاعوا لها سبيلاً. يضم البرنامج طيفاً عريضاً من الممارسين والأساتذة الزائرين، ويسعى لمعالجة خصوصية الوضع الجيوسياسي، والمحدّدات الراهنة المحيطة بالفنون وبالتعليم اليوم.

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