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Mentorship Programme in cooperation with the Prince Claus Fund


Since 2018 the Goethe-Institut and Prince Claus Fund have been supporting artists and cultural practitioners working on the intersection of the arts, environmental change and the climate crisis – supporting a total of 54 exceptional initiatives from around the world, examples of which are presented on Take Me to the River.
Artists and cultural practitioners across the world are setting up initiatives and rethinking responses to environmental change and the climate crisis, while actively engaging their communities.

Now, more than ever, we need the arts and culture to help us respond; to inspire and motivate us by challenging our perceptions, encouraging us to change our habits by introducing intersectional and trans-disciplinary perspectives, and centering indigenous forms of knowledge and ways of living to envision alternative models of climate justice in the world.
The mentorship Cultural & Artistic Responses to Environmental Change is a year-long interdisciplinary programme that creates space for artists and cultural practitioners to explore critical artistic practices and initiates an international network of creatives working on the intersection of arts and environmentalism. Through this we create a platform to stimulate joint learning, connect engaged practitioners across the world, stimulate cross disciplinary exchange and amplify new perspectives on environmental change.


The mentorship brings together 12 emerging artists and cultural practitioners (± 8-15 years of relevant professional experience) with 4 mentors, all working across a range of disciplines and environmental issues. These 12 individuals each develop a body of work, form a peer-group, and throughout the year receive mentorship guidance, exchange ideas, collaborate, and jointly delve deeper into their practices. 
The programme consists of two Labs (week long mentoring intensives, one in person and one online), bi-monthly online masterclass and peer-group sessions and an awards ceremony and visitors programme in Amsterdam and Berlin. Each participant receives an award of € 10.000 to work on the concept for a body of work that they outlined in their application.


Through this mentorship programme we aim to:
  • support critical and unconventional work by emerging artists working on a range of issues related to environmentalism, the climate crisis and climate justice;
  • stimulate leadership of individuals whose artistic work fosters awareness and empathy;
  • accelerate the artistic practices of artists and cultural practitioners who show a commitment to creating lasting change through environmental activism;
  • facilitate exchanges, meaningful connections and learning between engaged practitioners;
  • strengthen and amplify new perspectives on environmentalism, the climate crisis and climate justice. 

How to apply?

Applications can be submitted until 31 May 2022 23:00 CEST via the Prince Claus Fund website. Please consult the Guidelines & Eligibility before applying.

About the Prince Claus Fund

Our mission is to support, honour and connect artists and cultural practitioners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe, especially where cultural expression is under pressure. We stand firm with those who create, who believe in the transformative power of culture, who advance new ideas and develop new perspectives.

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Prince Claus Fund Open Call Foto: © Morteza Soorani South of Khuuzestaan province, Arvand, Iran. This palm grove has gotten dehydrated over the past 10 years due to the salinization of Karun River's water. The palm trees are sacred to the locals, so counting a unit of a palm tree is the same as counting people. In the Persian language ”Nafar” means “person”.

Due to the drought and construction of too many dams in the Karun River, the balance between the borders of the sea and the River has been broken down and as a result, the water gets salinized.
At the end of Karun, all of the lands that were irrigated by this River’s water, have turned into sold mashes.

The ruination of these palm groves, took away the source of income for thousands of people in this area, causing poverty and emigration of locals of this region to the other cities.

 © Polly Tootal

Anawana Haloba

Anawana Haloba's works use poetry in the form of sketches, abstracted into performance-based works embodying an ongoing investigation into the positions of different communities within political, social, economic and cultural contexts, ideological and post-independence frameworks.

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Asli Uludag

Asli Uludag's work investigates the history, materiality and spatio-temporal qualities of contemporary techno-scientific, architectural, and legal interventions to the environment, focusing on sustainable solutions.

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Gabriela Munguía

In her work Gabriela Munguía intertwines speculative thinking, southern epistemologies, terrestrial acupuncture and emerging technologies to address environmental justice issues of territories and their human and non-human communities.

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Ican Harem

Ican Harem focuses on exploring the subculture phenomenon through different mediums such as music, fashion, and performance. He has created his own fashion movement called Harem, centered on sustainable experimentation.

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Isadora Romero

Isadora Romero is a photographer whose work focuses on human identities, gender, and environmental issues. Romero is the co-founder of Ruda Colectiva, a collective of Latin American women and nonbinary photographers.

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Juan Pablo García Sossa

Juan Pablo García Sossa is a designer, researcher and artist. His own research explores how emerging technologies are remixed and (re)appropriated in tropical areas and develops alternative understandings and systems.

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Lara Tabet

Lara Tabet is a practicing medical doctor and visual artist. Her work, informed by her background in pathology, contemplates the relationship between the individual and public/private space in connection to gender, sexuality, and identity.

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Morteza Soorani

Morteza Soorani is a visual artist working with photography, videos and installations. His practice addresses issues of climate change, water crisis and the relation between human beings and the environment.

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Jared Onyango

Jared Onyango is a Kenyan dancer and choreographer based in Nairobi. He uses performance and writing as the medium for investigating public spaces, human movement and human contacts with these spaces. He is the co-founder and chairperson of Tempo Arts Centre.

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Ruan Kun

Ruan Kun is a curator and writer. Her research within the field concerns new media art, especially crypto art and its relationship to art ecology – a subject she has published about extensively in several art journals.

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Sajan Mani

Sajan Mani’s work voices the intersectional issues of marginalized and oppressed peoples of India via the “Black Dalit body” of the artist. Mani’s performance practice insists upon embodied presence confronting pain, shame, fear, and power.

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Nursalim Yadi Anugerah

Nursalim Yadi Anugerah is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, who draws his inspiration from cosmology, sonology, and the culture of indigenous people from West Kalimantan (Borneo).


Marc-André Schmachtel
Consultant to the Head of Department
Department of Culture
Goethe-Institut e.V.
Head Office Munich
Tel: +49 89 15921-455