May 2024 Grants, Residencies & Open Calls for African Visual Artists

May 4, 2024

It’s that time again when we share opportunities for African creative artists – and this time, we’ve shared only opportunities with zero application fees!

We understand that paid applications are simply out of reach for the average African creative artist. As such, we want to ensure that the opportunities we share going forward are valuable and feasible for you.

So, without further ado, let’s get into it!


Parent Residency Grant

The Parent Grant is a four-week residency for an artist with at least one dependent child under the age of 18. Artists may choose to work in any of our studio disciplines: intaglio, letterpress, papermaking, screenprinting, photography, or ceramics.

This grant includes a $1450 unrestricted stipend that can be used for childcare or other costs at the artist’s discretion, up to $250 for travel costs, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access. WSW can also provide technical advice and production assistance.


$1450 unrestricted stipend + $250 for travel costs

Deadline: May 15, 2024

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this grant and apply here

Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence

The Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence is awarded annually to one outstanding, early-career artist who is developing new works that address plants, gardens, or landscapes in the broad sense.

This award is open to visual artists, literary artists, dancers, and musicians. The award includes a $10,000 individual grant and requires a 2 – 5 week stay at Oak Spring.

OSGF intends to award the Fellowship to an exceptional artist whose works show remarkable promise to contribute to a deeper understanding of the natural world, and humankind’s place in it.

The Fellow will be scheduled to visit when there are other Interdisciplinary Residents or Fellows on-site. This scheduling will allow the Fellow to join in communal meals, and optional activities and field trips with other artists, ecologists, researchers, or scholars working on projects related to OSGF’s mission.


$10,000 individual grant

Deadline: May 31, 2024

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this grant and apply here


Art Curation & Exhibition Management – Free Introductory Session

Join us for an introductory taster session of the Art Curation & Exhibition Management Short Course, hosted by Karen Van Hoey Smith and the Visual Artists Association. This session is a sneak peek into the full program.

These four sessions will offer you a systematic approach to curation and exhibition management. Whether you are an artist looking to curate your own work, or an art professional looking to step into art exhibition management, the course offers step-by-step instructions to help you become consistent and increase your knowledge of taking ideas to reality.

Deadline: May 30

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this workshop and apply here

Watao Art Festival: Call for Collectives and Collabs for Site-Specific Contribution

“Aesthetic Anomalies” beckons artists to traverse the realms of the unexpected and the unconventional, reveling in the beauty found within the irregular, the peculiar, and the strikingly unique.

This competition celebrates the exploration of anomalies that defy conventional standards of aesthetics, urging participants to unveil the captivating allure concealed beneath the surface of ordinary perception.

Whether through surreal landscapes, abstract compositions, experimental photography, or innovative mixed media expressions, artists are invited to showcase their interpretations of beauty in the extraordinary and embrace the unconventional with creative fervour.

Deadline: May 31, 2024

Award Info:

–Category 1: a proposal up to €10,000
–Category 2: a proposal up to €25,000

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this open call and apply here


SAM Residencies

SAM Residencies is a museum-run programme committed to supporting the development of innovative artistic and curatorial practices that respond to current global discourses.

Developed in line with SAM’s vision of engaging local and international artistic communities across a wide range of disciplines, the programme will feature four residency types to support emerging and innovative practices, facilitate collaborations, and widen public understanding of art.

The studio-based residencies will be open to artists, curators, art organisations and artist-run spaces, as well as community and education-focused art practitioners.

Deadline: May 31, 2024

Stipend:  SGD$1,500 (~$750 USD)

Additional Benefits:

– Housing allowance for foreign residents
– 1 x return airfare on economy class
– A studio space OR co-working space
– An “ideas lab” – a shared space where anyone is free to post (physically), respond, explore and flesh out ideas-in-progress
– Support from the museum and the Residencies team in the form of (but not limited to) institution resources and expertise, network building, opportunities for public engagement, and a scaffold for interaction and exchange

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this residency and apply here

We’re always rooting for your success and we hope you take a bet on yourself and apply to these opportunities!

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