Exhibition Grants

How do you define artists “from Israel”?

Artis does not maintain a definition of what being “from Israel” means. Artists may self-identify in any way or combination of ways they choose. Artis does not require proof of past or present residency or citizenship. Applicants may have been born, lived, or currently reside anywhere in the world. Please read more about Artis and the organization’s history and grantmaking to determine eligibility. If you have questions about this, please contact info@artiscontemporary.org.

Who can apply for an exhibition grant?

Grants are awarded only to nonprofit contemporary art organizations and programs outside of Israel, such as museums, biennials, festivals, experimental, or independent spaces. Applications must be submitted by the institution and not by the artist. Exhibition grants do not support exhibitions in Israel, independent artist projects, tuition fees, commercial galleries, for-profit enterprises, religious programs, exhibition catalogs, or general operating costs.

When should an organization apply for an exhibition grant?

Grants are awarded annually following an open call. The 2022 open call was held from February 15-April 11, 2022 for projects taking place in 2023. In an effort to be flexible, if you wish to apply for a grant for an exhibition taking place in 2023, please email us, and we will try to accommodate. Please note that we will only consider welcoming an application if the inquiry is received at least four months before the opening date. Please stay tuned for the next open call dates, which will be announced in early 2023.

How much funding can an organization request?

Organizations may request up to $10,000, depending on the project’s scope and budget. Preference is given to applications that include direct compensation or financial support for artists, as demonstrated through line items in the project’s budget (this may include stipends, production and travel support, and other basic costs associated with an exhibition or project). In previous grant cycles, Artis has supported approximately 15 projects per calendar year, with an average grant award of $5,000.

How are applications evaluated?

Grant applications are reviewed by an international panel of art professionals, as well as Artis staff and board. Applications are evaluated for their curatorial and artistic ambition as well as their feasibility and impact. Artis looks at how the proposed exhibitions and artistic projects relate to the contemporary art field and whether they generate meaningful opportunities for cultural exchange, contribute to critical discourse in the art world, impact individual artists’ careers, and critically engage with a larger public.

Does Artis provide funding for the presentation of the work of an artist more than once?

Yes, Artis will support the presentation of the work of an artist for a maximum period of three consecutive years. After three years, Artis will wait a full calendar year before supporting another project that presents work by the artist.

Does Artis provide funding for exhibitions at the same institution in consecutive years?

Yes, Artis will support different exhibitions at the same institution in consecutive years. However, institutions may only receive funding for three consecutive years. Following the third year of funding, the institution must wait a full calendar year before applying again.

Can an institution submit more than one application per calendar year?

In general, Artis will not provide support for more than one exhibition at a given institution per year. If the application receives funding, the institution must wait until the next calendar year before applying again. If the application is not successful, the institution may submit a proposal for another project during the next open call. An application that has already been reviewed, and was not successful, may not be re-submitted.

What if the exhibition is traveling or occurs at multiple venues?

Artis will award funding to only one primary venue per exhibition.

When can the exhibition take place to be eligible for funding?

The 2022 open call for applications will support exhibitions taking place in 2023. Please stay tuned for details about the next open call, which will be announced in early 2023.

What information will the institution be asked to provide in the application?

  1. Exhibition title, venue, and opening and closing dates
  2. Exhibition curator(s)
  3. Solo or group exhibition. If group, full list of participating artists
  4. CVs and work samples by the artists for whose work the institution is seeking support 
  5. Brief narrative description of the exhibition
  6. Brief narrative description of the intended impact of the exhibition: description of exhibition’s audience and reach, planned public programs, and a marketing plan 
  7. List of additional venues, if applicable
  8. Total exhibition budget
  9. List of partners and major funders, with amounts of confirmed and requested funding
  10. Amount requested
  11. Artis grant history

Do you accept applications in languages other than English?

No.

How to apply?

Organizations must submit their application online here. Artis does not accept applications via post or email.

When will decisions be made?

Decisions for the 2022 grant cycle will be made in the fall of 2022. Organizations will be notified immediately thereafter, and a public announcement will follow.

What is required of grant recipients?

Upon completion of the exhibition/grant term, grantees will be asked to submit a final report that includes an evaluation of the project’s impact, documentation of the exhibition, an updated budget, press coverage, and hard copies of printed matter if produced. Organizations are expected to execute their exhibitions as planned and inform Artis of any major changes, including budgetary changes or changes to the schedule and format of the project due to COVID-19. Grantees are required to credit Artis by adding the Artis logo to any material associated with the exhibition, where possible, or adding the line, “Supported by Artis.” Grantees are encouraged to highlight the supported project through social media, which Artis will then share through its accounts.

Please write to grants@artiscontemporary.org with any questions not answered here. Do not write directly to Artis staff, and no phone calls, please. We will respond as soon as possible.