3 Career-boosting opportunities for African artists

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Entrance Macaal Museum Marrakech
Entrance Macaal (Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden) in Marrakech

The longer days in Europe, or the preparations for the cultural festivals on the continent all evoke the end of a season. Before we all delve into this joyous and restful period, there is a last ditch of effort to make. Here is a trio of career-enhancing opportunities for African Artists and those of the Diaspora to apply for. If you are a visual artist, a curator read on, and good luck on your art journey.

1.  Macaal – Artist in residence

Applications are still open for the first edition of Macaal (Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden) Artist-in-residence program. It is open to visual artists, curators and researchers. The candidates must be over 21 years of age and speak one of three languages: French, English, or Arabic.

Two years ago, the privately-owned Museum staged a show-stopping international launch that coincided with the inaugural edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, on African soil.

Since then, the Museum has expanded and strengthened its cultural interventions to become a space that nurtures contemporary artistic creation on the continent. African artists and artists from the Diaspora are invited to submit a project presentation for the residency, that is scheduled to last between 1 and 3 months.

Deadline: July 15, 2019. Click here for more details.

2.  Addis Foto Fest – Open Call

Addis Foto Fest_Open Call
Addis Foto Fest_Open Call

Photography is fast becoming the medium of choice for a young generation of African artists. They congregate every two-years in East Africa at Addis Foto Fest. Over the past decade, the photography biennale has grown into one of the places of choice where young African photographers can hone their artistic talents, receive constructive portfolio critique, and engage in dialogue with other international artists. Founded by the celebrated photographer Aïda Muluneh to act as a catalyst for cultural exchange, the festival is in its 6th edition and is open to international photographers and curators.

Head to the festival’s website to apply. https://addisfotofest.com Deadline : July 31st.

3.  DAK’ART 2020: Open Call

Ĩ NDAFFA/FORGER/CREATIVE FIRE – that is the theme of the 14th edition of Dakar Biennal scheduled to run from May 28 to June 28, 2020.

Artists are invited to draw on the compelling metaphor of the transformative power of fire to investigate new ways to engage with the past, in order to “construct new narratives and new tools for apprehending Africa.” This broad theme is structured around three mains points: “revisiting the archives,” and suggesting new ways to contextualize the continent’s artistic creation away from the evolutionary and sequential approach. Lastly, “establishing a relationship with the body and the creative gesture.”

Deadline: The completed application must be submitted by post or email to candidature2020@biennaledakar.org before September 15, 2019. More details: http://biennaledakar.org/language/en/keynote-eng/

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