Residency Programme
Akademie Schloss Solitude

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New Residency Programme for Namibian artists

Call for Applications!
New Residency Program for Namibian artists working in the fields of visual arts, literature/journalism, and digital practices.


Akademie Schloss Solitude logo ©Akademie Schloss Solitude The 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-month-long 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:
  1. a project outline (max. 1 Din A4 page)
  2. a short biography and informative portfolio or documentation of previous artistic work 
All documents can be sent in PDF format via e-mail to:
The fellowship will be awarded for the period of June 1 to September 30, 2020. The deadline for applications is January 5, 2020.

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.