Open Call

Medrar for Contemporary Art

1 December 2021 - 9 December 2021

Facilitated by artist Hany Rashed

Heads up for the 4th edition of “Naema’s office is bleeding”,  facilitated by renowned multidisciplinary artist Hany Rashed. Medrar for Contemporary Art is thrilled to host a new round of this workshop that has accompanied young and aspiring creative artists to explore and expand their visual practices. 

The workshop invites the participants to create collage compositions by exploring the potential of collage techniques and combining an array of materials including drawing, painting media, photography, paper, cardboard and magazine clippings. A variety of topics will be addressed during the workshop spanning natural elements and animal figures with a focus on human figures. The collage process will be based on quick decision-making and consist of a transformative practice of re-creation. In the course of collage making, images will be selected from a diversity of traditional and contemporary sources – photography, paintings and internet imagery -and rearranged to create new relationships, at times complementing each other at others conflicting. Encouraged to produce a multiplicity of works in a short time, the artists will take different approaches to deconstruct, modify and juxtapose components to identify possible ways for the imagery to evolve and develop their own language. Through a mental and hands-on playful process, the images extrapolated will become personalised: as the original context is disrupted, new configurations and meanings will unfold to bring new order in the form of new subjectivities rooted in fantasy and alternative realms. 

The workshop activities will be articulated in different interventions of experts  – artists and gallerists-  in the field of contemporary visual arts (TBA). The lectures will touch on matters related to the emerging Egyptian contemporary scene, pricing of artworks methodologies, gallerists’ parameters for artworks selection, showcasing and curation criteria, and will give the participants the opportunity to share experiences and discuss with artists engaged in the local art scene and market. 

The workshop will kick off on December 1st and run until December 9th. The works created will be exhibited in a 2-week showcase from December 12th and 26th. For the participants to gain experience with selling, all the works displayed will be on sale at symbolic prices.  The workshop organisers will be in charge of selecting the works to be exhibited and their selling price. 

The workshop is facilitated by Hany Rashed and co-facilitated by Mona Essam.

Requirements for participation:

  • Filling in the application form:
  • No specific age or experience is required, but it is preferable for the participant to have minimal expertise in drawing and painting. 
  • Workshop days: daily from Wednesday 1st to Tuesday 9th (Friday closed) from 6 to 10 pm (if the case of many participants, there will also be classes from 1 to 5 pm) 
  • The workshop participation fee is 600 EGP. Upon receiving acceptance by email, the workshop fee can be paid at Medrar. The deadline for paying the fee is the first day of the workshop, Wednesday, 1st December 2021 
  • Workshop fees are non-refundable after the commencing of the workshop
  • The materials including cardboards, colours and glue, are provided by the organizers. The participants are required to bring 5 magazines each, scissors and different size small brushes (2, 4 and 6 inches) 

Deadline for submitting applications: Monday 22nd November 2021. Selected participants will be notified by Thursday, 25 November 2021 

Address: 7 Gamal El Din Abou El Mahasen St. Garden City, 1st Floor, Apt.4, Cairo, Egypt, 11519

Tel: (+2) 02 27957714 

The workshop is led and facilitated by