5/6 Initiative

Open call

Following the blockade of Qatar in 2017, 5 June has become a date synonymous in the country with resilience and solidarity. To celebrate Qatar’s unique cultural heritage, history and sense of belonging, the 5/6 Initiative invites artists to propose a permanent public artwork to be commissioned and unveiled in 2022.

The Theme — Community

Artists are encouraged to think about the community. Although the 5/6 Initiative marks an important event in Qatari history, it also sparked a remarkable sense of togetherness.

For this year’s 5/6 Initiative, we encourage artists to work around an overarching theme of solidarity and unity.

Selection Criteria

  • Artists can be at any stage of their career but must possess strong skills and be able to execute the proposed project by 5 May 2022.
  • This opportunity is for Qatari artists and artists based in Qatar of any nationality (applicants must hold a valid Qatar residence permit).  
  • The successful applicants will receive a commission contract to execute the proposed public artwork.


  • September: Open call announcement
  • October: Proposal selection
  • November – May: Commission agreement, project development
  • June: Installation and unveiling


Location: TBC
Date: 5 June 2022
Duration: Permanent artwork

Deadline for Entries

3 October 2021

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