This year, the African Union celebrates its 20th anniversary since the organization’s establishment at the Durban Summit of July 2002. Dubbed AU20, the celebrations are taking place under the theme “Our Africa, Our Future” and will focus on the AU’s initiatives, successes, impact, challenges and the way forward.
As part of this commemoration, the African Union (AU), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is hosting a residency programme under the AU20 project for established artists from across Africa to produce a piece of work that celebrates the unity and potential of the African continent.
The three-week artists residency will take place at the Loman Art House in Dakar, Senegal from 7 to 28 November 2022. The residency will culminate in a public event in Dakar to showcase and discuss the creative work.
Catering to the theme “Our Africa, Our Future,” five artists from the continent will be selected for their artistic talent, creativity and commitment to interpret this theme in a broad and expansive way across all visual art forms including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, digital art and videography. The work will be published in an e-book anthology to be released in early 2023.
The AU20 project aims to elevate the profile of the AU in the minds of Africans, particularly the creative community, and better connect the AU to African citizens. Powered by Africa No Filter, the artists residency programme will contribute towards bringing the African Union closer to the African people by selecting creative professionals who think outside the box, dare to challenge conventions and offer new and original work through their chosen materials, techniques and subject matters.
The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999). The main objectives of the OAU were to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonisation and apartheid; to promote unity and solidarity amongst African States; to coordinate and intensify cooperation for development; to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Member States and to promote international cooperation... read more... read more
What is Expected of the Artists
What Artists Receive
The deadline for applications is 30 September 2022. Applications must be prepared in PDF format and submitted to [email protected]. Applications for which an element is missing as well as those that have exceeded the application deadline will not be taken into consideration.
For more details, visit African Union website.