Open call for Submissions for the year 2016

1. Artist In Residence Programme (Self-Funded )

Kuona Trust is now offering a new Artist In Residency programme (AIR). Artists from all over the world have come to Kuona to work with our mix of talented artists and to meet, work, and grow within the bustling and exciting city of Nairobi. Kuona’s acclaimed residency programme has already proved itself after over 100 artists and 20 years of successful events.

Kuona Trust offers artists an amazing opportunity to experience the vibrant, rapidly growing visual arts scene of Nairobi.   With the recent opening of 3 new art galleries, the city is filled with the bustle and momentum that infects artists and audiences alike.  Nairobi’s art scene is quickly growing to one of the busiest visual-art hubs in the region.  Working alongside 36 other artists, Kuona Trust’s art centre offers artists an amazing opportunity to experience the vibrant visual arts scene in Kenya.

This opportunity offers preferential space for professional artists who are able to finance their own  residency at the Kuona Trust centre for a period of two or months. Kuona will arrange accommodation and studio space for the artists and facilitate their stay in the city.

The price for an AIR residency starts at USD 250 per a week and USD 1000 per month.

The above amount includes the following:

- Self-catering accommodation, 20 minutes walk from the centre

- Studio rental at Kuona Trust

– Use of the Resource Centre and facilities eg. Wifi connection, gallery and ammenities

– Support from Kuona Trust staff and artists


This programme is self-sponsored and hence the artist will have to cater for his/her own materials, transport, and living expenses.

Interested applicants can send  the following to the stated email address:

  1. a representative portfolio of work produced in the past three years of at least 10 works and no more than 20. Please keep images no larger than 300kb and each email no larger than 2MB.
  2. an artist biography with full names, references, addresses and contact numbers
  3. a brief letter of motivation, not more than one A4 page long, outlining reasons for wishing to join the programme
  4. details of sources of funding
  5. Preferred period of residency (date and year)


  1. Tafaria Artist Residency (Sponsored)

This AIR Residency programme is housed at the Tafaria Castle and Country Lodge on the Nyeri-Nyahururu highway, Laikipia Plains.

The Tafaria cHub (creative hub) artists-in-residence programme is a reflective community based residency.The programme acts as a creative incubator that identifies local talent in the community and provides mentorship through a paired residency programme with established visual and performance artists, crafters, designers and writers.

The artists are encouraged to create community-based arts projects and work with the targeted local community to facilitate a creative process that enables participants to express their needs, aspirations, inspirations, identity or sense of place. The residency programme is aimed at introducing art and creativity as alternative means of livelihood in this rural community.

Each residency lasts for a period of 4 to 8 weeks with a materials budget of Ksh 10,000 per month.


The Artists-in-Residence are housed in the cHub residency quarters with access to the staff cafeteria.

Some basic tools are available but any specialist materials or equipment will need to be brought in by the artists who will also be responsible for their safety and upkeep.

AiRs have access to Wifi, a shared studio studio space, library, amphitheatre, on-site recreational and fitness facilities and the substantial grounds.

How to apply

Applicants should provide the following information:

  1. A one page statement describing your current artistic practice (visual or performance art)
  2. Five- ten images of recent work (JPEG format)
  3. An application letter stating the reasons for your interest in the residency, the particular project you will be developing during the residency and how this project will addresses current economic, social and environmental concerns in the area
  4. A current artist biography containing your email and telephone contacts and the names, email and telephone contacts of two professional referees (we will only contact your referees if your application is shortlisted for interview)


Where to send the application

Programmes Officer: sheila(at)

Please read the guidelines carefully before applying


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