The Artist-in-Residence Program provides local and visiting artists, curators, and researchers with accomodation and studio facilities at the Tile Factory, providing a unique space for the creation, development and exchange of creative ideas and projects. The program serves most of all as a meeting place for artists: facilitating creative encounters, discussions and the exchange of experiences, and then opening these up to the public, acting as a conduit to the outside world.

In a sense, the residency acts as an incubator for the creation and exchange of ideas, experiences and representations. In the course of residency, our public - both within the region and further afield - are encouraged to engage with activities planned to help create awareness of one's own cultural difference and uniqueness. Each artist is given the opportunity to propose and focus on a particular project while in residence, which may be influenced or inspired by the reality of daily life in the city, the country and the region. Opportunities to work with local artists and the local community during the residencies will be plentiful and strongly encouraged.  

Applications are currently closed.

Reem Charif and Joumana al-Jabri

Reem and Jumana, co-founders of Febrik, hosted a discussion at the A. M. Qattan Foundation regarding their project, Edge of Play.  Edge of Play is a research and community engagement project that is part of UNRWA's camp improvement project in Talbiyeh Camp, a Palestinian refugee camp near Amman, Jordan, in which Febrik worked with a group of children and their response to the absence of play spaces in the camp. The discussion was part of the implementation workshops aimed to generate a sense of collective ownership of public structures and space, as well as to strengthen the social play space as a space for democracy and community integration. 

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Reem Charif obtained a degree in Architecture from the Architectural Association, School of Architecture, after which she completed an Msc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental African Studied (SOAS). She has worked for international organizations such as UNICEF, ESCWA, UNRWA, and NGOs such as AL JANA and IPPF and taught at the Architectural Association and London Metropolitan University. Reem is co-founder of Febrik, a Lebanon based NGO with practicing architects, designers and artists active in the Middle East and the UK. She is currently teaching at Chelsea College of Art and Design and the University of East London. 

Joumana al-Jabri received a degree in Architecture and one in Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as an MBA from the EuroMBA program. Her work focuses on using the creative process to address social issues. She was the co-curator of TEDxRamallah in 2011, a Synergos 2013-2014 Arab World Social Innovator Fellow, and co-founder of Visualizing Palestine. 

Reem and Joumana also co-founded Febrik, a non-profit platform for art and design research focused on practices in public spaces related to social change primarily in Palestinian refugee camps. More information on Febrik can be found here.