Call for applications

perfocraZe International Artist Residency 2020

crazinisT artisT studiO, Kumasi, Ghana
Deadline: 15 October 2019

Yohanna Marie, Inundação (Flood). Photo: Edward Onsoh

Yohanna Marie, Inundação (Flood). Photo: Edward Onsoh

perfocraZe International Artist Residency- [pIAR] hosted by “crazinisT artisT studiO” is an interdisciplinary artists’ program and a performance ‘hatchery’. It serves as an incubator, laboratory and an interactive platform for artists, activists, researchers, curators and thinkers to develop and engage with one another on a rich variety of artistic research projects. The studio is located in the hub of Kumasi, the second largest city of Ghana and the capital of Ashanti Kingdom.

pIAR has been designed as a site and point of contact for promoting cultural exchange between international and local artists, writers, curators photographers, film makers, video artists and many more. Participants are encouraged to explore the contemporary spirit and rituals of performativity in our multigenerational societies and cultures, as well as question the complexities of race, gender, social justice, marginalisation and identity politics.

The residency runs from January to end of August each year. Proposals are invited and accepted from international and local artists, who can stay and develop their projects over a period of  4 weeks while focusing on processes, collaborations and experimentations rather than products. Participants will be given the opportunities to share their experiences through discussions, research, workshops, presentations, talks and lectures. Projects developed in the residency will be eligible for exhibition at Chale Wote Art Festival, the Francaise Kumasi and Accra, public spaces, schools and other alternative art spaces.

The focus is on performativity while aiming to merge contemporary art, culture and the people through collaborative practices. The Ashanti Kingdom is full of performative expressions, rituals, festivals and cultural practitioners that they hope the artists in residence could collaborate and engage with.


Due to logistical inability to fully fund our diverse and talented selection of participants, international artists are advised to seek for sponsorships or fundings from their home countries or alternative organisations for return flights and any high budget production cost. pIAR nevertheless provides free accommodation, free wifi, and cover limited materials cost.

Selected Participants are eligible to stay ONE MONTH FREE at pIAR  once in their lifetime (without paying any residency fee). However, artist who wish to be invited in future after exhausting their free one month will have to contribute ($150) per month at their next stay. All artist who also wish to extend their stay after the first free-one month during an ongoing residency, will have to contribute ($100) per month to continue for at most three months stay in total.


NOTE: pIAR DOES NOT CHARGE FOR RESIDENCY FEE– Fees paid as ALUMNI are to support the effective running of the space covering costs of utilities (water, electricity, gas etc BUT NOT for accommodation or your stay). pIAR is glad and honoured to accept any donation in kind or cash to help us run a smooth program. Contact for the best options available for making donations.


NOTE: Conditions and Eligibility

  • pIAR is built on the notions and intersections of Performativity, documentation and archiving. NOTE: All participants and activities at pIAR are randomly documented.
  • NO stipend! NO per diem!
  • Free accommodation (shared rooms)
  • free WiFi (Depending on available funding)
  • Participants must be able to STAY for a minimum of 28 days.
  • pIAR is suitable for artists working in performance, videos, photography, film, interactive/performative installations, interventions, graffiti, curating, writing, story telling and music/dance.
  • Participants should at least be able to communicate in English.
  • Participants must be able to COVER travel, visa, health insurance, cost of production and cost of living.
  • pIAR IS A HOPE FOR ARTISTIC & CULTURAL ADVENTURE: Participants must be willing and ready to take the challenges and responsibilities in navigating the socio-cultural complexities within Kumasi and its environs.
  • pIAR IS A HOME FOR ALL: Participants must be willing and ready to coexist and tolerate people from/with diverse cultures, race, gender, age, sexuality, etc.


Application deadline: 15 October 2019. 

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