Silhouette Projects is Afriart Gallery Kampala’s professional growth division and artist residency program.
Afriart Gallery, founded in 2002, is a focal point of Kampala's artistic community and is the leading private art gallery in Uganda focusing on the promotion of contemporary art from Uganda and the East African region as well as forging collaborations among artists in Africa and beyond.
It is our mission to create an environment where professional African artists can thrive in their work and careers. We carefully select talented artists and support them through our professional growth and mentorship programs and then invest in their visibility through exhibitions, art fairs, biennales and museum shows.
Silhouette Project - Artist in Residence Programme (SP-AIR) offers artists the opportunity to have space and time to focus on their work. The residency focuses on the long term impact on the careers of the visiting artists. SP-AIR provides the opportunity for artists to create new work, network with people they might not otherwise meet, and ultimately grow as an artist.
The 150sqm warehouse studio and residence is located in Kampala's old industrial area. This hustle and bustle of this area makes it a perfect location for artists seeking inspiration. The studio space is designed in such a way that it can accomodate the artists-in-residence, but also host workshops, creative meetings, artistic performances and presentations. Within the premises of the studio warehouse complex, there is a lively bar, coffee shop, co-working space and gallery that are popular with Kampala's art scene visitors.
The 2021 program will support the artists' networking opportunities, production needs such as space, working materials, lodging and travel. Artists will be part of a supportive community and will be engaged in a curriculum that includes reading, writing and researching assignments around relevant topics. The 3 months' residency program is open to two to three talented, emerging young artists from the African continent who work in disciplines such as painting, drawing, installation art, sculpture, performance art and others, and who would benefit from coaching and mentorship by industry professionals. Residents are expected to be strongly self-driven, inquisitive and motivated to develop new ideas and focus on their artistic direction.
Submit your application for the Silhouette Projects Residency Program 2021!
In 2021, three groups of residents will be invited to work and live in our studio space. Kindly check the residency dates and deadlines for applications below, and indicate in your application which edition of SP-AIR you would like to be a part of.
Residency duration: June - August 2021 (3 months)
Application deadline: 15th April 2021
Residency duration: September - November 2021 (3 months)
Application deadline: 15th July 2021
Selection criteria and eligibility:
- Quality of the motivation letter, artist statement and portfolio
- Commitment to being present for the 3 months of the program
- Ability to show a conceptual approach
- Applicants must be condidered or consider themselves emerging (within the first 5 years of professional practice)
- Applicants must be living and working in Africa
How to Apply:
Send your application via email to [email protected] including the following:
1. One-page motivation letter
2. Artist statement
3. Portfolio; Images of artworks must be captioned (artist, title, year, medium, size)
Admission to through the program can be through both the application process and by invitation.
Address: Plot 110-112, 7th Street Industrial Area
Working Hours: Monday – Saturday,
Lara Buchmann, Program Manager
Tel: +256770 523 982
Email: [email protected]