Call for applications | 2018 Africa Centres' Artist In Residency Programmes for African Artists

Application door is open for interested applicants for the 2018 Africa Centre Artists In Residency Programme (AIR). The Artists In Residency (AIR) Programme accepts submissions from emerging, mid-career and senior level artists across artistic discipline: visual arts, performing arts, curatorial practice, music, creative writing and literature who are either self-taught or formally trained in their respective discipline.

  1. Applicant must be over 21 years old
  2. He or she must have a valid passport
  3. He or she must be from the African continent and must have minimally reside in Africa for six months of the year
  4. He or she must possess a high level of proficiency in English

  1. Bundanon Trust – Australia
The Bundanon property is located on 1,100 hectares of pristine bushland overlooking the Shoalhaven River, near Nowra, two and a half hours south of Sydney. This backdrop provides an inspirational haven for artists to pursue their practice. Bundanon Trust’s AIR programme supports the development of artists’ new work, research and collaboration. Bundanon was given to the Australian people in 1993 by Arthur Boyd, one of Australia’s most eminent painters of the late 20th Century.
Genre /discipline of artists the residency attracts: It is open to professional artists from all disciplines.

Special amenities inclusive in the residency: Separate studio space; high-speed internet access; transport once a week into local town for shopping supplies; and travel assistance from the nearest transport hub to the Bundanon property. The cost of food and local transport is not covered in this residency.

The applicant needs to be self-sufficient and has the ability to work independently in a remote, quite isolated location in a regional area with little access to shops or a business centre.

The period of the the residency is from August 5, 2019 to September 2,  2019.

  1. The Fountainhead Residency – Miami, USA.
The Fountainhead Residency was founded by collectors Dan and Kathryn Mikesell in early 2008. Later in 2008 they opened The Fountainhead Studios, which now provides over 41 Miami-based artists with affordable, flexible studio space. In 2012, they opened The Fountainhead Haus, which provides 5 Miami-based artists unique working and collaborative space. The Fountainhead Residency was founded with several goals; to provide artists an opportunity to find new inspiration (a fountainhead), to introduce visiting artists to Miami’s art community and its many supporters, and to infuse Miami with artistic inspiration from around the world, enabling the local our art institutions based in Miami to realise more ambitious shows.
Genre /discipline of artists the residency attracts: Emerging artists to well-established visual artists.

Special amenities inclusive in the residency: Living and working accommodation; studio visits by local art professionals; introduction to Miami’s art community; access to museums and private collections; and a collaborative, engaging and supportive environment.
Selection Criteria: Dedication to their practice; open-mindedness; a desire to interact with other artists in residency and our community; and willingness to be a part of a family.
Provisional dates of the residency: The specific dates will be discussed with the AIR award laureate.

  1. Instituto Sacatar – Brazil
Sacatar provides selected artists of all creative disciplines the opportunity to create new work and to interact and/or collaborate within the rich cultural heritage of Bahia, Brazil. Sacatar occupies a 9000sm oceanfront property on the island of Itaparica, a forty-minute boat ride from Salvador, the colonial capital of Brazil and the crucible of African-Brazilian culture.

Genre /discipline of artists the residency attracts: The opportunity is open to artists of any discipline
Special amenities inclusive in the residency: A private suite; a separate studio appropriate to the artist’s discipline and additional logistic support, including meals (except Saturday evenings, Sundays and Brazilian holidays); laundry service and local contacts consistent with the artist’s interests.

The programme will run during one of the following time slots:
  1. 8 April – 3 June 2019
  2. 17 June – 12 August 2019
  3. 26 August – 21 October 2019
  4. 18 November 2019 – 13 January 2020

Applicants are shortlisted by a panel of AIR staff, strategic partners and seasoned art practitioners (curators, collectors, and art critics) who form part of the extensive Africa Centre network. Artists will be shortlisted based on the quality of their work/portfolio, written narrative (i.e. the ability to adequately process and respond to the application questions) as well as their previous experience and history of developing artistic work that advances social change and transformation in their communities.

Applications can be made through the following routes
  1.  Online Applications Portal: Applicant can visit the Africa Centre AIR website to apply through Online Application Portal
  2.  E-mail Application: Applicant can download the AIR application form and send their applications directly to Applicants should ensure that all attachments are less than 5MB. And be sure to add the artistic discipline they are applying under, i.e. visual arts/performing arts; music, among others, and then followed by a dash and the full name of applicant in the email subject field. If attachments are larger than 5 MB, applicant can upload them using Google Drive and share a link to the folder with via the same email address given above.
Applicants should forward any application query to

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Application door closes on October 15, 2018