The Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) is a worldwide search for the next generation of contemporary Iranian visual artists who have the potential to make a significant impact in their field. The goal of the prize is to provide an opportunity for emerging artists to gain international exposure, and to engage in artistic experimentation and cultural exchange. Through its archival material, including an online artist database and printed publications, MOP CAP aims to provide an educational interchange and contribute to the development of Iranian art and culture.
MOP CAP is open to young, emerging Iranian visual artists, living in and outside of Iran, through an online application. The profiles of all eligible entrants to the open call are reviewed by the MOP CAP Selection Committee, and a shortlist of up to 21 artists is compiled. To view the eligibility criteria and for more information on the application process click here.
The next open call, for MOP CAP 2015, will take place in July 2014.
The MOP CAP Shortlist Exhibition in Dubai showcases works of the selected artists, at which time the Judging Panel meet to deliberate on a choose up to seven Finalists. Subsequently, an exhibition of the Finalists' work is held in London, where the Judging Panel meet once again to select the MOP CAP Winner.
Throughout the process, the Selection Committee are available to the artists for guidance, should they request it.
MOP CAP 2013 SELECTION COMMITTEE:
- Fereshteh Daftari, Curator & Scholar
- Media Farzin, Art Historian & Critic
- Hamid Severi, Art Historian & Curator
MOP CAP 2013 JUDGING PANEL:
- Philippa Adams, Senior Director, The Saatchi Gallery, London
- Ziba Ardalan, Founder, Director and Curator of Parasol unit, London
- Mat Collishaw, Artist
- Dr. Anthony Downey, Programme Director, MA Contemporary Art, Sotheby's Institute, London
- Irit Rogoff, Writer, Theorist and Professor of Visual Cultures, Goldsmith’s College, London
- Payam Sharifi, Co-founder of Slavs and Tatars
The MOP CAP Winner recieves a one-year mentorship with a London-based curator resulting in a solo-exhibition at a leading gallery space in London; as well as a three-month residency at the Delfina Foundation.