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2015 African Artists In Residency Programme Awards Announced

2015 AIR laureate, Khanyisile Mbongwa
Photo credit: Iziko

The Africa Centre is pleased to confirm the following 2014/2015 Artists in Residency (AIR) award laureates. The third iteration since its launch in 2010, the programme seeks to honour and celebrate extraordinary African artists who are committed to producing provocative, innovative and socially engaging work.

The call for applications released in 2014 pulled applications from a variety of disciplines: the visual arts, curatorial practice, performing arts, film, music, creative writing and literature. Emerging and mid-career level artists both self-taught or formally trained in their respective disciplines were encouraged to apply. A panel of prominent curators and art experts assisted in approving an initial shortlist of artists selected from over 250 applications.

This year's artists include: Ayesha Attah (Ghana) - due to take up residency at Instituto Sacatar (Brazil); Houda Ghorbel (Tunisia) - due to take up residency at Thamgidi Foundation (The Netherlands); Katherine Bull (South Africa) - due to take up a residency at Nosadella.due (Italy); Khanyisile Mbongwa (South Africa) took up a residency at JIWAR (Spain); Mário Macilau (Mozambique) - due to take up a residency at Fountainhead (USA); Sara Ouhaddou (Morocco) - due to take up a residency at the Bag Factory (South Africa); Sharlene Khan (South Africa) took up a residency at Khoj (India) in December 2014; and Yewande Omotoso (Nigeria) - due to take up a residency at Bundanon Trust (Australia).

AIR partners offer the opportunity to take up a short-term residency to focus on consolidating the artists' work whilst encouraging them to develop new projects. The costs of the residency and a round trip airfare are included in each award.

The Africa Centre is scheduled to release a new call for artists in May 2015.

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