ellipse art projects, Togo
Deadline: 30 April 2023
The ellipse art projects endowment fund opens the next edition of the ellipse prize to African artists residing in Togo as well as Togolese artists living on the African continent. Call for applications: From 6 March to 30 April 2023
The ellipse prize is an itinerant competition of contemporary art initiated by the endowment fund ellipse art projects honoring each year the artistic creation of a country on the French territory. After Senegal and Ivory Coast, the ellipse prize dedicates its third edition to the Togolese artistic scene.
Designed to encourage intercultural exchanges and the mobility of artists, the ellipse prize gives the winner access to international networks and the opportunity to be exhibited in France at the AKAA – ALSO KNOWN AS AFRICA international art fair, which will be held from 20 to 22 October, 2023. The winner will also benefit from a media campaign and a tailored professional support. Apply here.
The ellipse prize
In connection with a theme specific to each edition (dreamy memory for this 2023 edition), the ellipse prize is addressed each year to the artistic creation of a sub- Saharan African or an Asian country. This visual art competition aims to spread the messages conveyed by the artists in order to raise collective awareness of our environment. In a context where economic and social disparities are constantly rising, the ellipse prize wishes to encourage the mobility of artists allowing them to share their work and meet creators from different cultures and horizons.
After Senegal and Ivory Coast, the ellipse prize continues to follow the west coast of the African continent by dedicating its third edition to Togo.
In 2023, it’s a new emerging art scene that the endowment fund wishes to highlight by addressing the competition to artists residing in Togo, including all Togolese artists from the continent. With a growing interest of independent initiatives for the artistic development of the territory, the petit pays is witnessing the emergence of an increasingly assertive contemporary scene, as observed earlier in Benin, a neighbour with which Togo shares a common cultural heritage.
Fruit of a great cultural diversity with more than fifty different ethnic groups for 9 million inhabitants originating from the whole Atlantic coast, Togo is a real breeding ground for contemporary creation.
The ellipse prize is accompanied by an independent jury of contemporary art professionals including some from the Togolese art scene this year, who will select the five finalists and the winner.
• Victoria Mann
Director-Founder of the AKAA fair
• Atelier Ati – Ferdinand Kokou Makouvia & Juliette Delecour
Founders of Artméssiamé, artists residency based in Lomé
• Armelle Malvoisin
Journalist, curator, african art market specialist
• Eric Wonanu
Visual artist, curator