For emerging artists: 5 art opportunities to boost your career

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For young and emerging African artists or by and large Black artists, the road to success oftentimes has the appearance of an obstacle course. We are taking one hurdle away with the list of open calls for application and other time-sensitive opportunities in the art world. Share with other fellow artists and good luck with your art journey.

Black Rock Senegal | Multi-Media | Deadline: April 15th, 2019

Kehinde Wiley, the artist behind Obama’s portrait, has launched a multi-disciplinary artist-in-residence program in Senegal: Black Rock. The first cohort of artists is expected to arrive between the “months of June 2019 and February 2020” for a period of one, two or three months to be specified in the application. The deadline is April 15th.
Language: English, French, Wolof

Akademie Schloss Solitude | Multi-Media | Deadline April 30th

Akademie Schloss Solitude, invites young artists to apply for its 2020-2021-fellowship program. The program covers a wide range of disciplines including visual arts. So far, the program has supported 1,400 young artists from more than 120 countries and is expanding this year. The application must be submitted by April 30th.

Rencontres de Bamako

12th Rencontres de Bamako | Photography | Deadline May 1st, 2019

The 12th edition of the Rencontres of Bamako invites photographers to submit work that reflects their thoughts and inner dialogue, with regards to a wider African world; a world that encompasses the continent and its diaspora spread over the world in Asia, Oceania, Europe, the Americas.
Open Call for the 12th Rencontres de Bamako: Streams of Consciousness. Deadline May 1st, 2019.

1:54 Contemporary African Art fair | Sculpture Commission | Deadline May 19th, 2019

Ibrahim El Salahi, Meditation Tree, Courtyard Installation, 1:54 Contemporary African Art
Ibrahim El Salahi, Meditation Tree, Courtyard Installation, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair – 2018 Edition

The Contemporary African Art Fair 1: 54 in collaboration with Kamel Lazaar Foundation are seeking proposals for a sculptural project of “Monumental Scale” to be installed in situ in the courtyard of Somerset House, during the 7th edition of the fair from the 2 – 6 October 2019. Interested artists are invited to email klfcommission@1-54com to request an application form. The application must be submitted by May 19th, 2019.

Montresso Art Foundation | Multi-Media | May 31, 2019

Montresso Art Foundation in Marrakesh is calling artists to submit their applications to their 2019 – 2020 artists-in-residence program. The program is open to painters, sculptors and photographers from Moroccan and international backgrounds. Each artist’s residency can last between one and three months. The application deadline is May 31th 2019.

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