Silhouette Projects

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. 

Contact us:

Address: Plot 110-112, 7th Street Industrial Area

Working Hours: Monday – Saturday,

Lara Buchmann, Program Coordinator


Instagram: @silhouette.projects