About the Masarat grants programme

At a time of significant challenge for artists and the cultural sector globally, the British Council remains committed to supporting the development of diverse and creative expression and mutual cultural exchange between the UK and the rest of the world. 

  • The Masarat grants programme seeks to respond to the needs of artists and cultural practitioners in Iraq, Jordan Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Yemen, providing financial support to enable continued production and project work in very difficult circumstances. 
  • Masarat aims to strengthen artistic practice through supporting production, training and showcasing activities. Selected grantees are also given opportunities to build their professional networks and make new connections with the UK and the Arab world.
  • Masarat grantees have been awarded grants ranging from 4000 to 10,000 GBP in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Yemen. This grant programme is designed to support the professional development of emerging artists, creatives and cultural practitioners in the region.

A total of 21 projects have received grants to implement their projects in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Yemen by October 2021.

Discover the projects happening in Jordan

Pop-up Interactive Dance Exhibition

The “Pop-up Interactive Dance Exhibition” is a non-traditional and trans-disciplinary dance experience designed to stimulate people’s creativity and collaborative minds with a form of image and objects exhibition, live performances, workshops and physical games, installations and sculptures.

Incorporating dynamic choreographies and participatory audience interaction, its approach is collaborative, multidisciplinary, engaging, and educational. 

The pop-up exhibition will operate with a creative team of multi-disciplinary artists and their supportive circle, set to showcase in several open cultural and artistic spaces around Amman as well as other locations across Jordan.

"I am a big believer that dance should be experienced anywhere, anytime, and accessible to everyone either by choice or in passing. I appreciate this opportunity to bring back artistic and cultural life outside cyberspace to people’s lives, especially to different communities outside of Amman."

Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh

The RMEAC Project - Rejuvenation and Modernization of Extinct Arts and Crafts

Jordan is at risk of losing a part of its traditions as a direct impact of globalisation on its culture and market. Professions such as shoemaking, glassblowing, clay and copper pottery and many more are breathing their last breath in a country that once served as a beacon for traditional craftsmanship.

The project revolves around the creation of new designed products using traditional trades that are facing extinction and underdevelopment. It will also include an investigative research into the history and inheritance of old professions and traditional crafts in a Jordanian city, through existing channels and direct relationships with the local community and institutions. 

"This is a major opportunity to revive and reintroduce a crumbling part of the tangible heritage and an attempt to shed light on the capabilities inherited in the different Jordanian urban communities."

Mazen Osama AlAli

Mahalli ‘local’

Pre-Covid-19, musical events constituted the main source of income for musicians. The pandemic has affected many arts and cultural activities and it has become almost impossible to organise any kind of music event. This has hit musicians particularly hard, pushing many to start looking for other means of income.

Mahalli-led by MedeArts- will support artists and musicians aged 18-35 living in governorates and small villages outside Amman to produce joint musical works that reflect on the reality lived by artists and musicians impacted by the global pandemic. 

The project will be delivered in two phases. During the first phase a series of sessions will be organised to build the artists’ skills in new techniques and to inspire them through success stories and achievements of other artists during the pandemic. The second phase will focus on providing musicians with financial resources, allowing them to implement a musical art production that expresses what they had experienced or are currently experiencing.

"The Masarat grant will support artist musicians in Jordan to be creative and to advance in their artistic work in light of the global Covid-19 crisis."

Mustafa Al-Sakran (MedeArts)

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