Dez 2, 2022

Call for Applications – Residency program in Namibia for artists from Germany

A new residency program in Namibia for artists from Germany working across the fields of visual arts, literature/journalism, and digital practices. We especially welcome Black persons and/or persons of African descent living in Germany. The residency program is a project by Akademie Schloss Solitude in cooperation with the National Art Gallery of Namibia and the Goethe-Institut Namibia.

Foto: National Art Gallery of Namibia

Ateliergebäude / Studio building. Photo: National Art Gallery of Namibia

Akademie Schloss Solitude together with the National Art Gallery of Namibia and the Goethe-Institut Namibia is establishing a new residency program that will be committed to a long-term artistic and cultural exchange between Namibia and Germany. With this call for applications, we will offer artists from Germany, especially persons of African descent living in Germany, the opportunity to apply for a fellowship in Namibia.

The residencies are organized in the framework of a two-part workshop series curated by Namibian artist and historian Memory Biwa, which initiates a collective approach to the history of colonial relations between Namibia and Germany and develops new artistic narratives on this topic.

Artists across the fields of visual arts (also encompassing performance, sound, and socially-engaged art), literature/journalism (encompassing prose, poetry, as well as digital journalism), and digital practice (encompassing digital art, computing, hacking, gaming) can apply for a four-month residency. The fellowship will provide the opportunity to engage artistically with the project’s topics restitution/reparation, cultures of remembrance, and digital colonialism. You are welcome to apply until January 10, 2023.


The fellowship includes the following benefits:

  • Accommodation,
  • A monthly fellowship grant of € 1,200,
  • Travel expenses for arrival and departure (on a one-time basis),
  • Project funding and one-off materials subsidy,
  • Health insurance.

Application and selection procedure

The application material is submitted online and should include:

  • A project outline that deals with the topics of restitution/reparation, cultures of remembrance, or digital colonialism in an artistic way (max. 1 Din A4 page),
  • A short biography and informative portfolio or documentation of previous artistic work.

All documents can be sent in PDF format via email to:

The fellowship will be awarded for the period of June 1, 2023 to September 30, 2023.
The closing date for handing in your application is January 10, 2023.

The choice of artists will be made by two independent jury members.

For further inquiries, please contact: Sophie-Charlotte Thieroff,

The residency program is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg as part of the Namibia initiative of the state of Baden-Württemberg.