European Spaces of Culture


Visual Arts Palestine Mentorship programme, production and exhibition for contemporary artists from Gaza, Jerusalem and West Bank

Artistic vibrancy in Palestine is stymied by multiple constraints, including the 15-year blockade of Gaza and movement restrictions in the West Bank which disrupt the mobility of creatives, reducing their ability to exchange, develop creatively, and showcase their works. The isolation of Gaza affects artists’ lives on an emotional, material and professional level and hinders artistic development.

This project will support a new generation of Palestinian visual artists from Gaza, West Bank and Jerusalem, to unleash their full artistic and professional potential in an innovative and inclusive cultural exchange project. It combines interests and initiatives of three EUNIC members and three Palestinian partners in partnership with the EU Delegation.

It is designed in response to the creative demand of artists in Palestine, which thanks to this European-Palestinian partnership will be further developed to a new scale for a greater impact locally and internationally. It is composed of three pillars (a) training and support program consisting of masterclasses (also open to the public) and individual mentoring sessions for emerging artists led by Palestinian and European cultural professionals (b) provision of grants to enable artists to produce individual art projects and (c) curation of an exhibition to be presented in Palestine and Europe.

The project will be implemented in full collaboration with local institutions, and through learning-by-doing, experimentation, and access to new connections and horizons in Europe, the local partners will be able to develop their capacity to carry out the next edition of the proposed project.

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