Call for applications

Residency Program for Namibian artists: Colonial Heritage – Shared Futures

Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
Deadline: 05 January 2020

Residency Program for Namibian artists: Colonial Heritage – Shared Futures

Akademie Schloss Solitude will establish a new residency program that will be committed to a long- term artistic and cultural exchange between Namibia and Germany. The program will promote Namibian artists, to integrate them into new artistic networks and to make their work visible to a wider German and international audience. Between the years of 2020 and 2021, the program will organize six four-months residency fellowships per year for artists, writers/journalists, and practitioners from the digital field, both in Namibia and Stuttgart. The fellowship program will encompass events such as readings, exhibitions, discussions, and workshops as a form of output for audiences both in Namibia and Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

The residencies are organized in the framework of the project »Colonial Heritage – Shared Futures« which aims to open a dialogue for a collective reprocessing of history between Namibia and Germany and is curated by the Namibian historian Memory Biwa. The fellowships will be carried out in close collaboration with the Goethe-Institut as well as organizations from the independent art and literature scene in Namibia.

Artists from the field of visual arts (production and mediation), literature/journalism, and digital practice with a specific interest in the areas of restitution/reparation, cultures of remembrance, and digital colonialism are welcome to apply until January 5, 2020.



The fellowship includes the following benefits:

  • A free, furnished living/working studio including electricity, water and heating
  • 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



The application material is submitted online and should include:

  • a project outline (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 e-mail

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.


The fellowship will be awarded for the period of June 1 to September 30, 2020.  The deadline for applications is January 5, 2020.




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