International Artist Residency Exchange - Building Artist Communities
Culture isn’t static but always dynamic and so we must be always be questioning of culture and move with the flow of culture. The aim of this project is to focus on positive starting points that can be used to build on relations between Africa and the Western nations, with a view to challenging pre-defined notions, stereotypes and prejudices in order to create and facilitate exchange and build on sustainable networks and relationships today.
I aim to create Building Artist Communities residency programme, in a suitable location in Lagos, Nigeria, in order to lead to progressive future models of how we investigate culture, identity, migration and immigration in Nigeria’s changing multi-cultural landscape.
What The International Residency Placement Will Involve
- The opportunity for 1-2 visual artists to spend 4-6 weeks working in Lagos per year, with a studio space and accommodation
- To be part of a rigorous programme with strong and diverse partnerships, making links with reputable institutions such as The British Council, The Goethe Institute, Rhoda Youth Centre and VAN Lagos
- To deliver an artist talk, open studio, workshop or presentation during the residency which will be open to the public
- The opportunity for artists to deliver workshops and one-to-one tutorials with students attending University of Lagos
- The opportunity for the artists to work with the local community to develop art projects (Fiona to initiate and set up these links with the local community)
- To avail of professional development and educational opportunities by spending 1 week in Ikorodu working with young people attending Rhoda Youth Centre
- The opportunity to develop new work which can be exhibited at the end of the residency or research which can be presented in an open public space and kept and archived by partner organisations
What the Residency will Offer
- Secure accommodation
- Double guest room and bathroom fully air conditioned with 24 hour electricity
- Wi-fi access
- Access to kitchen and cooking facilities
- Transport during working hours or transport budget
- Guides to be with artists during their stay – Fiona will be with artists at all times during the residency too
- An exhibition at end of residency to showcase work produced as part of residency at venue TBC
- An exhibition of work produced during residency at different locations in suitable venues like Freedom Park, Centre for Contemporary Arts etc..
Aims of Building Artist Communities Residency Programme
1. The aim of Building Artist Communities is to to lead on progressive future models of how we investigate art, culture, identity and immigration in Nigeria’s changing multi-cultural landscape by developing rigorous and challenging platform for international exchange through the artist residency programme
2. To establish a mutually beneficial platform for the artist and host organisation to engage. The chosen artists will be deeply rooted within existing artistic structures and communities in Lagos, which will lead to new exchanges, approaches and partnerships to be set up
3. To provide a link to share knowledge about contemporary art between African and Western artists – The residency will provide a space for emerging aspiring international and Nigerian artists to exchange their work and ideas which can be developed and continued once the residency has ended
Partners and Supporters of Building Artist Communities so far..
The British Council, Rhoda Youth Centre, Wazobia FM & TV, Yaba College of Art & Design, CCA Lagos, Lagos State Government Dept. of Community Development, DIFN, CCA Lagos, VAN Lagos, Freedom Park, Irish Embassy.