Syrian Entity for arts and culture News:

Create Syria: A Space to Explore Arts and Social Change - 3rd Edition

Important Announcement

Dear friends and colleagues,

In light of current events, we are working with our partners at the British Council for Syria to review our plans for the third edition of the Create Syria. We hope to be able to launch some actions that will respond to the exceptional circumstances and potential implications of the spread of the Coronavirus and we will announce the revisions we are making to the current open call for applications very soon. Until then, please remain in the safety of your homes and take some time to think about the arts and the transformative role they can play in our lives. We are all in need of these ideas now more than ever.

Create Syria is a project by Ettijahat – Independent Culture and the British Council which seeks to increase the capacity of artists to contribute to the development of stronger, more cohesive communities through the design and delivery of community arts initiatives that focus on experience and artistic quality. Create Syria supports individuals and initiatives to build new skills, grow their experience and network with creative practitioners interested in the relationship between arts and community practices.

Create Syria is open to all Syrian artists residing in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Europe. Artists based in Syria are eligible to apply for Ideas Development Support only.

The third edition of Create Syria will enable artists to develop their technical and artistic skills in community settings through one of two frameworks:

  • Project Support: This strand will support five projects representing different artistic expressions and creative fields. The support package includes the following components:
  • Tailored training and artistic mentorship from local and international experts
  • Local and international peer-to-peer networking opportunities
  • Seed funding of up to $10,000 USD for each project
  • Idea Development Support: This is a new path of support that gives the opportunity for five artists or creative practitioners to grow their experience and understanding of arts and social change. This strand provides a space for research and practical experimentation to those seeking to develop more mature creative proposals. The support package includes the following components:       
  • Tailored training and artistic mentorship from local and international experts
  • Residency placements with institutions experienced in community work
  • A package of in-kind and financial support to develop these proposals and test them experimentally


Create Syria has the following objectives:

  • To increase the capacity of artists and community organisations to deliver local artistic projects that have positive impact within their communities and contribute to greater inclusivity and cohesiveness
  • To champion diversity and participation within communities (of Syrians and non-Syrians) in community arts initiatives that focus on experience and artistic quality
  • To inspire and facilitate networking and collaboration between community-based organisations working in the arts in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Europe, as well as with the UK and international practitioners

Criteria and Selection Process

A committee of arts and culture experts working in the project’s target communities will read and evaluate applications in two categories: “Project Support” and “Idea Development Support”. The committee will favour applications which are most likely to benefit significantly from the programme and which offer broad social impact or promise to do so in future. The main criteria for selection are:

Relevance to the objectives of Create Syria

  • The applicant’s understanding of the reality of their local community and their awareness and sensitivity towards community work and artistic practices
  • The level of experimentation and innovation shown in the applicant’s approach to arts and social change
  • The opportunities for local community involvement within the project or idea presented

Individual or Team Readiness

  • The ability of the project team to implement the project or of the ability of the idea developer to develop his/her proposal
  • The applicant’s willingness and desire to work creatively towards social change in an innovative way
  • The applicant’s willingness to learn from one’s environment and through exchange with others
  • The extent to which the project or idea developer will benefit from Create Syria

Key dates

  • Deadline for the submission of applications: 15 of April 2020 (23:59 Beirut time)
  • Announcement of results: First half of May 2020
  • Training: First week of June 2020 (location and exact dates TBD)
  • Agreements’ signature: First half of July 2020
  • Projects implementation and ideas development: Between July 2020 and June 2021
  • Transit meeting: November 2020 (location and exact dates TBD)
  • Projects and final reports submittal: By July 2021

After completion, the application form along with the documents listed in it have to be sent to For further information or queries, please email us at the same address.


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