Still from Woman At Point Zero at the Royal Opera House, Shubbak Festival 2023, image by Camilla Greenwell.

An Artist’s Manual Against Apartheid is an archival project conceived by Shubbak & the Arab British Centre to capture the wave of artistic expression and creative civil disobedience in the name of humanity, dignity and safety for the Palestinian people, their land, and their right to self-sovereignty.

About the project

For over 5 months now, humanity has stood witness to the violent death and destruction of artists and cultural workers, their families, friends and communities and their homes, across Gaza. Meanwhile, a brutal quiet war has been escalating across other parts of the Palestinian territories. Palestinian artists and cultural workers, many of whom we count as friends and colleagues, have been arrested, imprisoned, tortured and killed. 

This is a moment we will remember. We will remember it for those who passed and for those who have lost too much. We will also remember it so that it may be passed on to others struggling for liberation in an act of global solidarity and in the recognition that our struggles across the world intersect and overlap. We are many.

We are now in search of an artist-researcher to work on a creative digital archive to mark the numerous acts of creativity that have stood witness to this dark moment in history. We anticipate a period of researching and collating videos, soundscapes, photographs, and case studies from those willing to have their work included. We are open to the format and media of the final outcome, and would determine this in conversation with the selected artist and an Advisory Group of Palestinian artists and cultural workers.

We are offering

  • £3000 flat fee
  • £1500 project costs
  • A deskspace and access to a computer at the Arab British Centre for a period of 6 months (the deskspace extends beyond the timeframe of the project)
  • Each of our organisations and advisory group members will also offer an hour of mentoring, coaching or any required support with the selected artist, totalling 6 hours of support

Application Process

This is a 2-stage application process. In this first stage, we ask you to respond to the questions below.

  1. Why would you like to take on this opportunity? (200 words or 3 minutes)
  2. What previous experience do you have doing this kind of work? (200 words or 3 minutes)
  3. Please provide a portfolio that demonstrates a range of relevant work as a link (dropbox, wetransfer…etc)

To apply, please email your responses in writing or by recording a video or voice note to by close of Friday 15 March 2024

Those who are successful will then be invited to a short interview with the Advisory Group.

We anticipate the work will begin in April 2024 and be completed in July 2024.
This could be adapted as a remote opportunity, and we especially welcome applications from Palestinian artists based in Palestine.

For more information

If you are unsure whether this opportunity is for you and would like to have a conversation, please contact Alia Alzougbi at

We are committed to removing barriers to this application process. If you would like to speak to us about your access needs please contact Shyam Persaud at

Deadline for applications - Friday 15 March 2024 by 6:00 PM
Interviews are likely to be held in w/c 1 April 2024

About Shubbak Festival

Shubbak is Europe’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab cultures. We connect London audiences and communities with the best of contemporary Arab cultures through ambitious festival programmes of premieres and commissions of visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, and literature. Last year's festival featured 200+ artists across 40+ events from 23 June–19 July 2023.