Artists in Residency Programme (AIR)

Connecting Africa’s artists to residencies around the world. The Africa Centre, together with artist in residency programmes in Australia, Brazil, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and the United States of America have partnered to create the Artist in Residency (AIR) 2012 programme.  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 2012 or 2013 residencies.
The costs of the residency and roundtrip airfare are included in each residency award made as part of this programme.

The residencies are available to all types of artists, but each residency on offer has different durations, structures and requirements. We are taking applications between 1 April and 15 June 2012. 

To apply or to find out more about the ten residencies available, please Click here. If you have any queries please email:


30.05.2012 | par franciscabagulho | open call

Unesco - Call for participation

International Competition for a Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery

UNESCO and the Permanent Memorial Committee have just launched an international design competition for the creation of a Permanent Memorial at United Nations to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade during a press conference held on 30 September 2011 in New York.

The theme chosen for the competition is : Acknowledging the Tragedy; Considering the Legacy; Lest We Forget.

Artists, designers, sculptors and other visual arts professionals are invited to submit their proposals by 23 January 2012 (New Date).

The winner’s prize is USD 50,000.

This memorial will assist in fulfilling the international community’s commitment of  to honor the victims of slavery, contained in paragraph 101 of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action as adopted in 2001 at the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and related Intolerance.

This competition also highlights UNESCO’s concrete contribution to this year 2011, declared by the United Nations as the International Year for People of African Descent.


05.01.2012 | par franciscabagulho | open call

Propostas projectos Arte, Cidade e Desenvolvimento

Projecto de criação artística para o espaço público. Está aberta a fase de recepção de propostas para TERRA², projecto de criação artística para o espaço público a partir dos temas da ecologia, biodiversidade, aquecimento global e vivência sustentável das cidades.Deadline para entrega: 24h00 do dia 21 de Março.

Transforma integra a rede de programação europeia IMAGINE 2020, Art and Climate Change, constituida com o objectivo de apoiar o trabalho artistico que investiga as causas e os efeitos das alterações climáticas e que, assim, procura provocar mudanças no sector cultural e na sociedade em geral. No âmbito do ciclo programático sobre a Abundância, o Teatro Maria Matos junta-se à Transforma na organização de um programa de desenvolvimento artístico sobre temas ligados à ecologia, à biodiversidade, aoaquecimento global e à vivência sustentável das cidades, para criadores portugueses e estrangeiros, interessados em criar um projecto artístico para o espaço público, nas áreas da instalação, dohappening, da live art e da performance.

De forma articulada, serão facilitados diversos meios de produção a cinco projectos artísticos, e promovida tutoria de especialistas das áreas da Ciência e da Tecnologia aos seus criadores (cinco tutores — um por projecto). Com estes cruzamentos, pretende-se potenciar a pertinência e o valor das propostas a conceber, através da introdução de conhecimento técnico especializado sobre as temáticas referidas no processo de criação artística. Do percurso de trabalho delineado consta ainda a documentação dos processoscriativos através da colaboração de um documentalista (a definir) e ainda um período de residência na Transforma, em Torres Vedras, para formalização dos projectos no espaço público (não site-specific). Os resultados finais serão apresentados em Lisboa e em Torres Vedras.

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01.03.2011 | par franciscabagulho | happening, open call, performance

Open call for residencies in Venice for african artists

Art Enclosures - Residencies for visiting international artists in Venice 

Fondazione di Venezia is pleased to announce the new upcoming residency of the project Art Enclosures. Confini d’arte – Residencies for visiting international artists in Venice and would like to bring to your attention the general terms and deadlines of the residency programme, which will take place in Venice from June, July and September 2011 (with a break in August)The application deadline is 30 March  2011. 

The project: The project consists in a three-month residency period offering a series of activities and an opportunity for visibility to two emerging artists up to the age of 40 from the African  continent.  The programme makes available to the artists spaces to work and part of the materials necessary to create a works of art to be completed by the end of the 3-month period. The materials will be made available according to the artist’s requests. The visiting artists will also have the opportunity to be involved in the studio activities organized for them and thus come into contact with other local and international artists and the cultural activities run by Fondazione di Venezia and its institutional partners. During the residency period, a number of meetings will be organized locally to introduce and showcase the figure of the artist and his/her work in the most appropriates places, in particular university centers, art institutions and galleries. Finally, the artists will be offered the possibility to visit on a complimentary basis some of the main exhibitions and museums in the area. At the end of the three months’ residency, a small exhibition of the works produced will be held with the specific support of the artists themselves. A catalogue about the project will be published at the end of all residencies project. 

For each artist the project will cover: 

- travelling expenses from the artist’s country to Venice and back;  

- accommodation in apartments provided by Fondazione di Venezia; 

- a monthly grant of 700 euro before taxes for living and travelling expenses while in Venice; 

Application:  In order to participate in the programme, artists must send via e-mail the following materials at 

- a general portfolio with minimum of 10 art works (including captions); 

- a curriculum vitae (indicate the most used e-mail address and a cell number to be able to contact the candidate); 

- a short artistic statement (max. 600 characters) in English (or French); 

- a proposal (max. 600 characters) of the project/artwork that might be implemented/created during the residency period (English or French). 

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01.03.2011 | par franciscabagulho | contemporary art, open call