Sage Experience, a US nonprofit on a mission to enable personal and community development through inspiring education and cross-cultural experience, is calling artists in Ghana to apply for its 4-month Artist in Residence program running January through May 2023. One artist will be selected to join them at the organization’s retreat center overlooking West Africa’s tallest waterfall in Wli, Volta Region, to work on personal art projects, support community arts initiatives with Sage, and help produce works to be viewed by Sage visitors from around the world.
Artists will go through initial screening based on their application and portfolio submission of 5 works, with semi-finalists offered an interview with the Sage team and a visit to the Sage Centre (transport, meals, and accommodation provided).
Artists can learn more about the residency and submit their application online here.
Deadline: Wednesday, 19th October 2022.
Artist qualifications: Ghanaian artist, 18 or older, in painting or sculpture. Can be early-career, mid-career, or an experienced Artist ready to work both independently and collaboratively on artwork and arts education in the community, believes in the Sage mission, and willing to create artwork that will remain in the Sage community to be enjoyed by visitors from across Ghana and the world
Residency dates & duration: January to May 2023, approximately 4 months (may be extended based on mutual agreement)
Selection process: Artists will go through initial screening based on a portfolio submission of 5 works, with semi-finalists offered an interview with the Sage team and a visit to the Sage Centre (transport, meals, and accommodation provided). Finalists will be asked to create an original work based on their visit to the Sage Centre, with Sage reimbursing for the costs of materials.
Location: Sage Centre, Wli, Volta Region
Outcomes of the residency:
Time and space, immersed in Ghana’s natural beauty, for the Artist to pursue personal art projects
Community arts activities, benefiting local youth, local artists, and others, with the participation of the Artist in residence
Completion of art work to be displayed and remain at the Sage Centre, showcasing the Artist’s skills, for visitors from around the world to enjoy (details to be agreed upon when accepting the residency)
Support to be provided by Sage Experience:
Board (3 meals daily)
Space for use as art studio
Art studio equipment grant of $1000 USD (with equipment to remain at the Sage Centre for future efforts, with additional funds available upon approval) and 1200 GHS transportation stipend towards moving in and out of the Sage Centre
Personal support and assistance securing desired items for art works
Facilitation of activities and experiences to enjoy the local environment and programmatic coordination
Provision of supplies and materials for community and centre artwork and activities, with access to Sage Experience’s international network of alumni, faculty, experts, and mentors