Published on: Sep 18, 2022

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the African Union’s founding at the Durban Summit in July 2002. Themed ‘Our Africa, Our Future’, the celebration called AU20 will explore the AU’s initiatives, achievements, impacts, challenges, and beyond.

As part of this commemoration, the African Union (AU), in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), will offer residencies under the AU20 project for established artists from across Africa to create works that celebrate unity and potential. host the program. of the African continent.

The three-week artist residency will take place from November 7-28, 2022 at the Roman Art House in Dakar, Senegal. The residency culminates in a public event in Dakar to showcase and discuss creative works. With the motto ‘Our Africa, Our Future’, five artists from the African continent explore their artistic talent, creativity and how they broadly extend this theme in all forms of visual arts, including painting, sculpture and drawing. Chosen for its commitment to interpret in , photography, digital art and videography. The work will be published as an e-book anthology in early 2023.

The AU20 project aims to increase the visibility of AU in the minds of Africans, especially the creative community, and to deepen the connection between AU and African citizens. The Artist Residency Program supported by Africa No Filter seeks creative professionals who think outside the box, dare to challenge convention, and innovate and innovate their work through their choice of materials, techniques and subject matter. By choosing to provide a matter that will help bring the African Union closer to the people of Africa.

What is Expected of the Artists

  • Be willing to commit to the entirety of the residency programme in Dakar, Senegal.
  • Selected artists will create a series of artwork (1 to 3 depending on the medium) or a series of photographs (5 to 10) for exhibition at Loman Art House, at the African Union Commission and as a feature in the AU20 e-book anthology.
  • Participate in the public event at the end of the residency, photography and videography of the creation process, and any publicity that may arise from the programme.

What Artists Receive

  • All travel costs to, from and within Senegal.
  • Accommodation and board at Loman Art House in Senegal.
  • Workshop space within the Loman Art House premises.
  • A stipend of US$1,000.
  • Basic costs for tools and art materials will be covered.
  • Trips to relevant places of interest while in Senegal.
  • Meetings with key people in the Senegalese/African creative space.


  • Established artists with at least one prior exhibition in a recognized art gallery.
  • Digital art and videograpghy applicants should be actively engaged in contemporary artistic practice and show evidence of a national and international exhibition record, screening and audience.
  • Artists must be able to communicate in French or English.
  • Artists must be both nationals of, and resident in, any African country.
  • Artists must own a valid passport and be willing to travel to Senegal to participate in the physical residency.

To Apply

  • A CV with professional experiences, names of galleries exhibiting the artist’s works, participation in biennials and international meetings, and contact details for two referees (2 pages maximum).
  • A short biography.
  • A 1-page cover letter explaining why you want to participate in this AU-themed residency and what you hope to gain from the experience.
  • A digital portfolio of previous work and/or links to the artist’s website and other social platforms.
  • A copy of the ID page of your passport.
  • Due to logistical reasons, Loman Art only accepts one application per artist (no duo, trio or collective).

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2022. Applications must be prepared in PDF format and submitted to Applications for which an element is missing as well as those that have exceeded the application deadline will not be taken into consideration.


Email with the subject line “AU20 Artists Residency”.