Atassi Foundation Art Writing

Abdullah Murad, Untitled, Mixed Media on Paper, 37 x 52 cm. 1999

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. The Prize aims at encouraging inquiry and at boosting the written word on the history of art in Syria.

Submissions will be called on topics that are aligned with the themes of our online publication - The Journal. They can be made in either English or Arabic and must be between 2000-2500 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 $700 and their essays are published in our quarterly publication - The Journal.

Guidelines and upcoming submission:

We are currently accepting essay suggestions focused on Damascus (i.e. Syria)- either an interesting historical viewpoint, or an examination of a current cultural, or artistic movement or phenomenon. Below we list some potential topics that can be addressed but this is by no means exhaustive. We will accept submissions of other topics.

Review of one or more modernist artists in the twentieth century in Syria
Art and culture events in a specific decade in Damascus or another city in Syria
Damascus / Maaloula as an inspiration to artists
Exhibiting and collecting art in Syria
Art writing and publication in Syria

To enter, simply send a brief 300 word overview of your intended essay along with a brief CV to


15 April 2020: Deadline for submitting overview and CV

15 May 2020: Announcement of winner

1 August 2020: Submission of final essay


Mouna Atassi: Founder of Atassi Foundation
Nour Asalia: Researcher and artist
Nemat Atassi: Writer
Anna Wallace Thompson: Editor of The Journal