English, French, Finnish, Swedish
1 to 3 months
Paid by host 

Waaw may be able to help you establish professional contacts in Senegal and provide French language assistance if needed (to be agreed on beforehand). They also offer space for possible exhibitions or events at the local Galerie Ethiopiques.

Paid by artist 

Accommodation costs between 300 and 400 euro a month. A non-refundable registration fee of €150, which counts towards the total amount, should be paid to Waaw upon acceptance onto the programme.

There is also a €100 deposit to pay (to cover any damages to equipment etc), which is normally paid back at your departure.

Application guidelines 

Informal application letter, with a short concrete project plan if relevant. No particular outcome is required, but project-based residencies with relevance to the Senegalese context and the local creative community are given priority. Please contact them by email only.

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The Waaw Centre

The Waaw Centre


The aim of the Waaw centre is to promote African and Senegalese culture as well as creative exchanges. Waaw is open to representatives of all artistic and academic disciplines, but especially professionals in visual arts, crafts and design are encouraged to apply.


Possible exhibition.

Accommodation Information 

The residence comprises of 8 bedrooms. Accommodation includes bed linen, use of kitchen and wi-fi connection. 

Studio Information 

3 spaces (sized from 12 to 38 m2) are available for work.

Technical Information 

Tools, musical instruments, space for dance/performances can be rented cheaply outside the centre.


Waaw is situated in the middle of the colonial town of Saint-Louis, on an island in the river Senegal at a stone's throw from the Atlantic. Local cultural traditions are strong and diverse and includes music, dance and various crafts.

Rue Paul Holle - Avenue Blaise Diagne
+221 33 961 07 79 (Senegal); +358 407617945 (Europe)

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