Alserkal Arts Foundation

Supported by Alserkal, an Emirati family business headed by brothers Abdelmonem and Ahmed bin Eisa Alserkal, the foundation supports a variety of artistic projects, programmes, and interactions through its four core initiatives: public art commissions, residencies, research grants, and educational programmes. The foundation offers artists – either based in Dubai, or whose work or practice is pertinent to the region's artistic community – opportunities for research, scholarship, and artistic production. It also acts as the Alserkal philanthropic arm for all its nonprofit initiatives.

Related sustainable development goals

  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Arts
    • Arts & Culture
  • Education

Focus populations

  • Academics
    • Students
    • Researchers
    • Teachers
  • Artists and performers

Focus geographies

  • Middle East
    • United Arab Emirates
  • North Africa
  • South Asia


  • Common Room
    A working and meeting place located in Alserkal Arts Foundation, where artists, students, and researchers can utilise the facilities to convene and work. Registration is free and facilities include access to meeting rooms, a pantry, storage space, and a Mac desktop.
  • Programmes and events

    Through partnerships with artists, established institutions and initiatives revolving around arts and culture, the foundation hosts events, develops initiatives, and commissions special art projects.

  • Research grants
    Artists, researchers, academics, writers, and poets, can apply to the foundation's research grant. The selection process prioritises applicants who engage in diverse, cross-cutting, and innovative research approaches within the framework of the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.
  • Residency
    The foundation offers studio space, engagement opportunities, as well as a residency programme to artists and researchers from all academic fields. The foundation has two residency cycles per year, during which the foundation selection committee chooses residents, who are received by nomination, to participate in the residency programme.


Funding model

  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • Grants to Individuals
  • Grants to organisations
  • In-kind gifts
    • Donated equipment
  • Pro bono services
    • Pro bono program design and analysis services
    • Pro bono advocacy services
  • Programme related investment
  • Volunteering

Primary funders

  • Alserkal family

Funding source

  • Family


Key staff

  • Abdelmonem bin Eisa Alserkal, founder
  • Michela Simone
  • Nada Raza, director
  • Diane Mehanna, manager

Contact details



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