Open call for local Arab artist to show at this year’s festival

This year, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) and OUTPUT gallery are partnering to put on an exhibition by an Arab artist that is from or based in Merseyside.

The artist will receive a payment of £300, with a further £200 to cover materials. We are inviting applications from people producing visual arts, performance, music, film or any other media. We are looking for a strong and creative art practice that we can platform at this year’s festival in a solo exhibition at OUTPUT gallery from July 4-14. You do not have to class yourself as a ‘professional artist’ or be working in the arts to apply.

Founded in 1998, LAAF is a registered charity delivering arts and community programmes. It aims to increase appreciation and awareness of Arab culture and arts at a local, national and international level.

OUTPUT gallery was established in April 2018 and works exclusively with creatives from or based in Merseyside. It aims to support the development, mobility, and visibility of the local art scene from its base at 32 Seel St.

Gabrielle de la Puente, Curator at OUTPUT, said: “‘We want OUTPUT gallery to represent the very best of Merseyside’s creativity. We are constantly working with great artists, designers and musicians to show Liverpool, and anyone who visits, exactly what the local art scene has to offer. There are so many exciting things happening behind closed doors in studios, and bedrooms too, and we’re hoping to bring that activity into the open and put on a great exhibition.”

To apply for this role, please email with:

information on yourself, as it would be helpful if you could confirm you are from or based in Merseyside and also from or have heritage in an Arab country
a short description of what you make and why you make it
images/video/audio so we have a good sense of your work
contact details so we know the best way to contact you

Deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 26 May. Please check out for full accessibility information and get in touch if you have any queries. The £500 is a fixed fee and unfortunately there is no extra budget to cover the work of a PA, our apologies.

Please see the OUTPUT website for a downloadable brief.