Describe the main features of the measure/initiative:
Through this residency program, the foundation aims to promote Jerusalem’s cultural and artistic scene, create an impact on it, and build bridges for learning and understanding between the city and the world. In the years, 2019, 2018, 2017, the program hosted 8 artists , researchers, academics and others who researched, produced and exhibited new works that engage with Al Ma’mal’s programs and the community. Each visiting artist was given the opportunity to propose and focus on a particular project whilst in residence, which may be influenced or inspired by the reality of daily life in the city, the country and the region.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?:
The Al Ma’mal residencies proved to be the longest running (more than 20 years) and only residency program in East Jerusalem. The Residency promoted contemporary art practices and supported young, emerging artists, mainly from Palestine in their art practices and career development. It worked with resident artists and community institutions to allow for exchange of ideas and the transfer of knowledge and knowhow through collaborations and workshops. It involved local art students and artists in talks and master classes conducted by visiting artists. Contributed to local and international art discourse through new commissions and projects inspired by the city of Jerusalem. Strengthened international collaborations and partnerships through residency exchange programs, particularly with Villa Romana in Florence and Aarua artists residency in Switzerland. It promoted Jerusalem and the Palestinian cause through research and art projects inspired by the artists residency in the city and their visits throughout the country.