Since its inception in 2011, the Africa Centre’s Artist in Residency Programme (AIR) has successfully awarded 39 African artists the chance to take up residencies across the globe.  Through continued partnerships with residency programmes in Australia, Brazil, India, Spain, China and the United States, they are offering eight new residency opportunities through the 2016 edition of this programme.


Last year, they added another layer to our residency programme by launching a separate competition for seasoned, mid-late career artists, allowing them to apply for artist-in-residence positions at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy. The are delighted to announce the second installation of this competition that will award an additional five residencies for Africa’s more experienced artists.

AIR is seeking applications from high calibre African artists, in different stages of their career development (from emerging to late career), who are provocative, innovative, and are stretching the boundaries of their artistic practice.

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The residencies are available to composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, curators, visual and performance artists as well as artists of other forms whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues and promotes the well-being of humankind.


Apply today!

The AIR partners select an artist from a short list provided by the Africa Centre, for one of their 2017 or 2018 residencies. Each residency offers a distinct structure, set of requirements and duration. The costs of the residency and round-trip airfare are included in each residency award made.

Artists interested in a Rockefeller Bellagio Center residency may read the application guidelines here for further information about this residency and the various application methods available.

Artists interested in our other residencies opportunities may read the application guidelines here  for further information about the residencies and the various application methods available.

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Applications close on September 30th 2016.