Open Call for participation in Roznama 4


Open Call

Medrar for Contemporary Art

24 May 2015 - 1 July 2015

Visual art Competition and Exhibition from Egypt

3 – 30 September 2015

Medrar for Contemporary Art invites emerging Egyptian artists under the age of 30 to participate in the fourth edition of Roznama, Contemporary Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition, which will be held in September 2015.

Roznama is an annual competition and exhibition of contemporary visual arts by young Egyptian artists, organized by Medrar for Contemporary Art. The edition is organized in cooperation with the Contemporary Image Centre, the exhibition of which will be held in September 2015 at Medrar Space in Garden City and at the Contemporary Image Collective in Downtown Cairo.

The competition aims to encourage contemporary creative experiences for youth under the age of 30 by highlighting outstanding creative works using all artistic media, traditional and experimental. 

Through the competition, Medrar hopes to monitor and follow up on outstanding artworks as well as creative emerging artists to include them in the network of beneficiaries of its services and to support them in all available ways.


  • Cash prizes: First prize (1000 USD) – Second prize (500 USD)*
  • Art Residency in UK provided by
  • Solo exhibition at Medrar
  • Photography price: photography course, use of the lighting studio and the darkroom, printing in the digital lab free of charge at the Contemporary Image Collective.
  • 1000 EGP in purchase prize provided by Alwan Bookstore by artist Hala Elkousy
  • Cash prizes provided by Ismailia Real Estate Investment Company and the artists: Ahmed Askalany, Adel Elsiwi, Mohamed Abla, Hani Rashed, and Huda Lutfi*

 Guidelines and Conditions of Participation:

  • The applicant is allowed to apply with only one project / one application form. If the applicant sends more than one form all submitted projects will be rejected.
  • The submitted artwork projects should be produced during 2014 – 2015
  • Participants cannot be older than 35 years of age as of September 2015.
  • The participant must be an Egyptian national.
  • Roznama does not accept any artwork previously exhibited in any Egyptian competitions or contests.
  • Roznama does not accept graduation projects.   
  • The competition organizers have the right to select the artworks and projects in accordance with the exhibition space and the facilities available within the space. 
  • Artworks, regardless of their category, are given a maximum space of 2 meters.
  • Participating in Roznama does not require any presentation fees, and the competition does not offer any offer fees.
  • The competition organizers assign the jury committee. The participants’ selection and the winners’ selection processes are held by the jury only. Neither the organizers, institutions, nor partners will be involved in these processes.
  • The jury committee members will be announced after the opening of the exhibition in September.
  • Only applicants whose artworks are selected to participate in the exhibition will be notified via email, no later than July 16.
  • Medrar has the right to utilize photos/videos from the artworks that participated in the competition for publicity while keeping the copyrights.
  • The exhibition opens on Thursday, September 3 and runs until September 30, 2015. All participants must receive their work immediately after the exhibition. Please note that the organizers have the right to dispose of the artwork after this date.
  • Roznama accepts visual artworks such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation art, video and moving images, digital art, interactive art, performance art, and sound art.
  • If you need more information about the festival’s terms, you can browse and read the questions and answers provided here.

How to Participate:

  • Fill out the form below
  • Video files, attached photos, and ID photos need to be uploaded via the website. The website will send you a link to upload the file immediately after the upload process. Please copy this link within the designated space within the subscription form (we advise you to complete the upload before you start filling out the form data).
  • It is important to note that uploaded files are only available on WeTransfer for a period that is not longer than two weeks.
  • In the case of submitting video art, the attached file must be of high quality.
  • Attach 3 different HD photos of the artwork.
  • Attach a photo of your National ID (front and back) and send it with the application form.
  • Artworks sent without filling out the application form will not be considered.
  • Submission by hand or using a CD is not allowed.
  • After notifying the artists who will participate in the exhibition, the artists shall deliver the works in conformity with the works sent in the subscription form. The artist shall bear all details of the implementation of the artwork in coordination with the curator.
  • Submitting your application means that you have agreed to the terms and conditions of participating in Roznama 4 competition. The participant reserves all rights to the materials submitted or has authorization from the artist to send the materials.
  • Submission Form:

Open meetings

Medrar, in partnership with the Contemporary Image Collective, hosts open meetings with artists and cultural directors to discuss submitting project proposals on:

Thursday, June 4th from 3 pm to 9 pm, Medrar.

Thursday, June 11th from 3 pm to 9 pm at the Contemporary Image Collective.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions: