AU20 “Our Africa, Our Future” Artist Residency Program 2022 (Fully Funded to Senegal)

Deadline: September 22, 2022

Applications for the AU20 “Our Africa, Our Future” Artist Residency Program 2022 are now open. This year, the African Union celebrates its 20th anniversary since the establishment of the organization at the Durban Summit in July 2002. Dubbed AU20, the celebrations are held under the theme “Our Africa, Our Future” and will focus on initiatives , successes, impact, challenges and the way forward.

As part of this commemoration, the African Union (AU), in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), is organizing a residency program under the AU20 project for established artists from across Africa. to produce work that celebrates the unity and potential of the African continent.

The three-week artist residency will take place at Loman Art House in Dakar, Senegal, from November 7-28, 2022. The residency will conclude with a public event in Dakar to showcase and discuss the creative work.

Program details

Under the theme “Our Africa, Our Future”, five artists from the continent will be selected for their artistry, creativity and commitment to interpreting this theme broadly and expansively through all forms of visual art, including painting. , sculpture, drawing, photography, digital art and videography. The work will be published in an e-book anthology due out in early 2023.

The AU20 project aims to raise the profile of the AU in the minds of Africans, especially the creative community, and to better connect the AU to African citizens. Powered by Africa No Filter, the Artist Residency Program will help bring the African Union closer to the people of Africa by selecting creative professionals who think outside the box, dare to challenge convention and deliver new and original work through the selected materials, techniques and subjects. Questions.

Artists are expected to:

  • Be ready to commit to the full residency program in Dakar, Senegal.
  • Create a series of artworks (1-3 depending on the medium) or a series of photographs (5-10) for exhibition at the Loman Art House, the African Union Commission and as an article in the AU20 e-book anthology.
  • Participate in the public event at the end of the residency, photography and videography of the creative process and any publicity that may arise from the program.


  • All travel costs to, from and within Senegal are covered.
  • Accommodation and board at Loman Art House in Senegal.
  • Workshop space in the premises of the Loman Art House.
  • A stipend of US$1,000.
  • Basic costs for tools and art materials will be covered.
  • Trips to relevant places of interest during your stay in Senegal.
  • Meetings with key figures in the Senegalese/African creative space.


  • Open to confirmed artists with at least one previous exhibition in a recognized art gallery.
  • Digital art and videography applicants must be actively engaged in contemporary art practice and show evidence of a national and international exhibition record, screening and audience.
  • Artists must be able to communicate in French or English.
  • Artists must be both nationals and residents of any African country.
  • Artists must have a valid passport and be willing to travel to Senegal to participate in the physical residency.


  • A CV with professional experience, the names of the galleries exhibiting the artist’s works, participation in biennials and international meetings, and the contact details of two referents (2 pages maximum).
  • A short biography.
  • A one-page cover letter explaining why you want to participate in this AU-themed residency and what you hope to gain from the experience.
  • A digital portfolio of past work and/or links to the artist’s website and other social platforms.
  • A copy of the identification page of your passport.
  • For logistical reasons, Loman Art only accepts one application per artist (no duo, trio or collective).

The deadline for applications is September 22, 2022. Applications should be prepared in PDF format and submitted to [email protected] Applications for which an element is missing as well as those having exceeded the application deadline will not be considered.

For more information, visit Artist residency AU20.