The AIR Programme accepts submissions from emerging, mid-career and senior level artists across artistic discipline i.e. visual arts, performing arts, curatorial practice, performing arts, music, creative writing and literature who are either self-taught or formally trained in their respective discipline.
For the last seven years, AIR has successfully awarded 69 African artists, among them Mona Eltahawy, Victor Ehikhamenor, Njabulo Ndebele & Aida Muluneh, with residency opportunities around the world. On offer this year are artist residencies at Bundanon Trust in Australia, Instituto Sacatar in Brazil, Fountainhead Residency and International Studio & Curatorial Program in the USA. Residencies at these spaces are available to early and mid-career African artists who predominantly live and work on the continent.
All residencies are available to innovative, provocative and socially conscious visual and performance artists, composers, fictionand nonfiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, curators, as well as artists working in digital art forms.
Each residency award has a distinct structure, set of requirements and duration. The costs of the residency and round-trip airfare are included in each residency award made.
- Be over 21 years of age;
- Have a valid passport;
- Be from the African continent and must minimally reside in Africa for six months of the year, and
- Display a high proficiency in English
Applications can be made through the following avenues
1. Online Applications Portal:
Visit the Africa Centre AIR website to apply via the Online Application Portal
2. E-mail Application:
Download the AIR application form and send your application directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure that all attachments are less than 5MB. Be sure to add the artistic discipline you are applying under i.e. visual arts/performing arts; music, etc followed by a dash and your full name in the email subject field. If your attachments are larger than 5MB, you can upload them using Google Drive and share a link to the folder with us via the same email address listed above.