The Lagos CREATIVE PROJECT 2020 Artist-in-Residence Programme for African Artists

Deadline: March 20, 2020

Initiated by The Ben Enwonwu Foundation in partnership with Alliance Française Lagos/Mike Adenuga Centre, The Lagos Creative Project focuses on experimentation and new possibilities in painting and sculpture, two mediums celebrated African pioneer modernist artist, Ben Enwonwu excelled in.

The residency also welcomes work in all areas of the visual arts and is open to artists of African and French descent. It seeks to foster cross-cultural ties and exchange between African countries and France by providing a platform for them to broaden their practice, nurture new forms and ideas, establish networks and develop collaborative projects.

The programme encourages applications that engage Lagos as a megacity by exploring themes that preoccupied Enwonwu throughout his career, including identity, the body (the gaze), gender equality, spirituality and religion, peace and conflict resolution, and environmental sustainability.

During their stay, residents will immerse themselves in the increasingly vibrant Lagos art scene, through introductions to local artists, artisans, art organisations and events, as well as cultural and academic institutions. They are also expected to engage with the public through open studios, workshops, artist talks and focused discussions.

Two sessions will hold every year from July – September and October – December, at the Centre



Selected artists will be provided with a live/work studio space at the new, ultra
modern Alliance Française Lagos/Mike Adenuga Centre in Nigeria. Playing host to many major arts events in Lagos, it’s facilities – including a gallery, library, state-of-the art auditorium, and the world famous bakery/ bistro Maison Eric Keyser – are excellent for research, exhibitions, presentations and talks.

All artists will receive a monthly stipend for incidentals and a one-off stipend for additional art supplies. Funding for travel within Lagos will also be covered while assistance with visa letters will be extended to international participants. However,
they will be responsible for their visa fees, travel fare and health care.

Application Procedure:

For consideration, please visit the website and fill the online form
Applicants must also include:
– Full name / date of birth / gender
– Passport photo & passport copy
– Language(s) spoken
– City/country
– E-mail
– Website
– CV (PDF) and artist’s statement explaining motivation and research objectives
– Samples of previous work (PDF, website, link to Dropbox or similar)
– Project proposal: Specific project for this residency, including special needs and
production logistics
– Preferred time of residency



Residents will be selected based on the quality of their work, commitment to their practice and adherence to the themes. Successful applicants will be contacted via email.

Application opens for both sessions: January 31, 2020
Application deadline: March 20, 2020
Announcement of successful candidates: May 11, 2020
Applicants may benefit three times in total from The Lagos Creative Project.
For more information on the residency programme, contact the Foundation
via: [[email protected]]

For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the LAGOS CREATIVE PROJECT 2020 Artist-in-Residence Programme

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