Atassi Foundation Art Writing

In line with our goal of creating knowledge around modern and contemporary Syrian art, The Atassi Foundation is pleased to announce its Art Writing Prize which is awarded twice a year to art historical essays on topics related to Syrian art.

Submissions can be in either English or Arabic, and must be between 2500-3000 words long. We encourage clarity of text, but also integrity of content, so please do include footnotes, citations or source material where appropriate.

Winners are awarded $1000 and their essays are published in our quarterly e-newsletter The Journal as well as on the Atassi Foundation website.

We are currently accepting essay suggestions on the subject of Damascus: either an interesting historical viewpoint, or an examination of a current cultural, or artistic movement or phenomenon. 

To enter, simply send a brief 300 word overview of your intended essay to by March 1st, 2020 and follow us on social media to stay up to date with each open call.

Winter 2019 Winner: Nour Assalia

We are delighted to announce the winner of our inaugural 2019 Writer’s Prize as Nour Assalia, whose essay on Syrian artists in France will appear in our Spring 2020 edition.


Atassi Foundation Art Writing - Features - Atassi Foundation

Tawfik Tarek, Untitled, Oil on Canvas, 91 x 130 cm, 1913