08 April 2011

Call for Applications from African Writers: Africa Centre Artist in Residency Program

Deadline: 1 June 2011

The Africa Centre, together with artist in residency programmes in Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Finland, Netherlands, Turkey and the United States of America have partnered to launch a new Artist in Residency Programme (AIR). The programme has been conceived to support artists from Africa who are provocative, innovative, relevant and highly engaged with both social issues and their art forms.

AIR manifests through existing artist-in-residency partnerships around the world that are prepared to select an artist from a short list provided by the Africa Centre, created from a Continental search, for one of their 2011 or 2012 residencies. The costs of the residency and roundtrip airfare are included in each residency award made as part of this programme.

Each of the seven residencies on offer have different durations, structures and requirements. We are taking applications between 1 April and 1 June 2011. If you have any queries please email robinj@africacentre.net

Please ensure that the Residency you are applying for caters for your means of artistic expression.
  • Bundanon Trust – Australia: Professional Artists from all disciplines.
  • Sacatar – Brazil: Artists from all disciplines, particularly interested in choreographers and performers.
  • Zoma Contemporary Art Centre – Ethiopia: The Architectural Residency: mid-career and established artists with building experience. The other residencies cater for artists across all disciplines and level of experience.
  • KulttuuriKauppila – Finland: Professional visual artists focused on environmental issues or sculptors focused on anything.
  • Thamgidi Foundation – Netherlands: Artists from all artistic disciplines will be considered.
  • Caravansarai – Turkey: Performing Arts, Music, Literature, New Media and Film Making, other disciplines will also be considered.
  • 18th Street – United States of America: Visual and Performing Artists - must have at least 5 years of exhibition and/or professional experience (no students).
Artist in Residency Application Methods

1. Online Application Form: Click here to apply online
2. E-mail Application: If you would rather use e-mail, download the application form and then send your application directly to our project manager Robin at robinj@africacentre.net. Please do not send attachments larger than 5MB. Please be sure to add your full name and contact details in the email message field.

If your attachment is larger than 5MB, you can upload it using www.yousendit.com. This is a free service that will allow you to upload your file directly to us. To upload a file, fill in the fields under the green text, "Send a File". Please be sure to add your full name and contact details in the YouSendIt message field. The email address for delivery is: robinj@africacentre.net
3. Submitting via Post: If you cannot use any of the above methods, you are always welcome to post your application directly to us. Click here to download the application form. Be sure to include an e-mail address and phone number where we can contact you.

Postal Address:



Shortlist and Award Process

The Africa Centre will select three candidates for each of the 7 residency awards on offer from the applications received. These shortlisted candidates will be forwarded to our various Residency Partners; it is from these lists that they will select the 7 artists to be granted the Artist in Residency Awards.

The Africa Centre will announce the recipients of the Artist in Residency programme on the 1 July 2011. If you have any questions, please direct them to Robin Jutzen at the email address above or on +27 21 422 0468.

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More information about the participating residency programmes here.


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