Black Rock Senegal is a multi-disciplinary residency program developed by artist Kehinde Wiley that brings together an international group of visual artists, writers, and filmmakers to join him at his studio on the westernmost point of the coast of Africa.
Residents will be invited to Dakar for between one and three months to live and create works at Black Rock. During their stay, residents will be introduced to local artists, artisans, and arts organizations in and around Dakar as well as in other regions of Senegal.
Black Rock seeks to support new artistic creation by promoting conversations and collaborations that are multigenerational, cross-cultural, international, and cross-disciplinary. Black Rock takes its physical location as a point of departure to incite change in the global discourse around Africa in the context of creative evolution.
The inaugural year of Black Rock will run from June 2019 through February 2020. Residents will be invited to live and work on-site for between one and three month intervals.
Residents will be offered room, board, and individual studio space. Black Rock provides residents with a local staff to assist in navigating Dakar and a language tutor to assist with English, French, and Wolof –the three primary languages of the program. Residents will additionally be offered a modest stipend for incidentals and additional art supplies.
Black Rock will provide funding for travel within Senegal organized through the residency program and for individually-organized travel on a case-by-case basis. While Black Rock does not provide funding for travel to and from Senegal, we are happy to assist in securing third-party funding opportunities and travel grants. Black Rock will consider applicants equally irregardless of their abilities to cover such costs. Residents must be over 18 years old. Residents must have a valid passport for international travel if they currently reside outside of Senegal.