Visual Arts
4, 6 or 8 weeks
Paid by host 

The AIR partners select an artist from a short list provided by the Africa Centre. The costs of the residency and round-trip airfare are included in each residency award made.

Application guidelines 

The residencies are available to artists in different stages of their career development (from emerging to late career) across all disciplines: visual arts, performing arts; creative & literary arts; film; music & curatorial practice. Applicants must:

  • Be over 21 years of age;
  • Have a valid passport;
  • Be from the African continent and must minimally reside in Africa for six months of the year, and
  • Display a high proficiency in English

Africa Centre

Africa Centre


This AiR programme has been designed to support and celebrate the achievements of artists from Africa who are provocative, innovative and highly engaged, both with social issues and their art forms. AIR partners with existing artist in residency programmes around the globe to award exceptional African artists with the opportunity to take up a short-term residency to focus on consolidating their work and developing new projects. Each residency partner selects one artist from a shortlist provided by the Africa Centre, following a continent-wide call for submissions.

The costs of the residency and a round-trip airfare are included in each award. The residencies are available to all forms of artistic expression and types of artists, but each residency differs in terms of duration, structure and requirements.

Since its inception in 2011, AIR has funded many African artists to attend residencies in Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Finland, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, and the USA.


Accommodation Information 

Studio and accommodation is provided in the partner residency centre.


Differs each year, depending on Africa Centre's partnerships (check out current partners here on the right).

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South Africa
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