Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS)
Eine wandernde Projektplattform

  • GPS O Kiep Foto: Ruth Smith

  • GPS Proclamation 73 Foto: Simanga Zondo

  • GPS Proclamation 73 Foto: Simanga Zondo

  • GPS Anybody Dance Lab Foto: Lindsey Appolis

  • GPS Anybody Dance Lab © Lindsey Appolis

  • GPS O Kiep Foto: Ruth Smith

GPS Call for Proposals 2023

The call is now open for applications for Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS) project grant.

GPS grants financial support / seed funding of up to R 70.000 per project to artistic projects that are realised in South Africa between February and November 2023. The Goethe-Institut set up this grant in 2016 to support art professionals from across South Africa who collaborate with cultural or public spaces and engage with the people in the areas where these spaces are located.

For 2023, the focus is on projects that are specifically engaging with communities outside South Africa’s big urban centres.

If you consider applying, please check out the following information and documents, including eligibility criteria and FAQ.

Please check out previously funded projects here.


All necessary materials and information will be asked for in the Application Form
The following information and materials should be prepared by you in order to fill in the application: 

Mandatory:
  • A short synopsis of your project (max. of 200 words)
  • A detailed project description (max. 1000 words) 
  • A short paragraph about the projects’ objectives and means how they will be met (max. 200 words)
  • A project timeline including realisation plan and promotion strategy (max. 500 words)
  • Short biographies/descriptions (max. 500 words) of all involved parties (artists, collaborators, space/venue etc.)
  • Collaboration agreement signed by all artists, collaborators and spaces involved in the project (please use the template provided below)
  • A project budget outlining the estimated costs (expenditure) and planned income for your project (please use the template excel sheet provided below)
Optional:
  • Supporting material / references of previous work (e.g. press reviews, visual documentation) – NO reference letters needed. You will be able to upload up to 3 files and add up to 3 website links.

  • Only projects of a non-commercial nature will be considered.
  • The Goethe-Institut offers financial support for chosen projects to the maximum amount of R70 000 per project. Should the project budget exceed this amount, the artist/project team should seek further support from other funding institutions, donors or sponsors - information of which should be included in the budget planfor this application form.
  • The proposed space has an established track record, operating for at least 1 year and professionalism evident. The profile of the space must be such that realisation of proposed project is viable.
  • The signed collaboration agreement outlining the form of commitment from the space is essential.
  • A clear idea on how the project engages with communities, preferably outside South Africa’s big urban centres, must be part of the project proposal
  • Only one project proposal per artist will be considered by the jury.

  • The project application has met the deadline and documentation is complete.
  • Realisation plan, budget outline and partner organisation/infrastructure are realistic for achieving the aims of the project.
  • The project is feasible within the time period.
  • A complete and realistic budget plan that outlines additional support in the case that a project’s budget exceeds the GPS total budget per project of R 70 000. This is particularly important with large/ambitious projects, where eventual realisation may seem unlikely with inadequate funding.
  • The work is appropriate for the space and audience and reflects what the artist/project team is aiming to achieve.
  • The proposal illustrates that both artist and the space where the project will take place are able and willing to support the project from start to finish. The project and the proposed space in which it will be presented need to operate independently and in partnership with each other. The partners need to take into account all conceptual concerns and manage all logistical tasks.
  • The project demonstrates artistic quality as well as social and cultural relevance.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS IS 12 SEPTEMBER 2022, 12 NOON (SAST)

 

Apply online here.

Please UPLOAD the FOLLOWING SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS In YOUR APPLICATION FORM:
 
If you have questions, please consult FAQ below:
If the info provided doesn’t answer your queries, please send an email to: gpsapplications@goethe.de 
 

If you have not heard of us until End November 2022, please consider your application unsuccessful. Unfortunately, we are not able to send individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

What is the Goethe-Project-Space (GPS?)

The Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg calls for proposals for the 2023 edition of the Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS), a multi-disciplinary support programme for artists and art initiatives living and working in South Africa. The programme supports artistic work realised in any part of South Africa.

GPS aims to foster collaborations between art professionals and community spaces that can take the form of workshops or exhibitions, performances or events of any artistic discipline including visual arts, performing arts, film, music, or interdisciplinary work. 

GPS is envisioned as a non-commercial, artist-centered platform, designed to support not only the artists and their projects, but also the many structures, spaces and festivals that currently exist and need partnerships of this nature in order to continue their work. GPS enables creators in all artistic disciplines to select the space and infrastructure they wish to work with.

GPS signals a move to decentralize; supporting smaller, less institutional and non-commercial spaces, and privileging those situated outside of the large metropoles of South Africa.

An independent jury of arts professionals, selected by the Goethe-Institut for their expertise in the field of high quality independent art projects and community work, is responsible for the selection of projects that will be supported in 2023. 

GPS forms part of the Goethe-Institut’s programme that promotes cultural dialogue through fostering exchange in the arts. GPS was conceived succeeding the GoetheOnMain space, which was based at Arts On Main in Johannesburg from May 2009 to November 2016. 

Goethe-Institut Project Space:
Projects for 2022 chosen!

The GPS programme is a multi-disciplinary roving project space. The six projects which will be supported with R70,000 each in 2022 have been chosen!
Click here to check them out!

Detailed Information and help for applicants

Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS) is a multi-disciplinary roving project space. The programme supports work realised all over South Africa ranging from workshops to exhibitions, events and performances; including visual art, literature, film, music, dance and theatre projects.
 
GPS is envisioned as a non-commercial, artist-centered free platform, designed to support not only the artists and their projects, but also the many structures, spaces and festivals that currently exist and need partnerships of this nature in order to continue their work. GPS enables creators in all artistic disciplines to select the space and infrastructure they wish to work with. If awarded, a GPS grant would support both the hosting space and the project itself.
 
The new project signals a move to decentralise, supporting smaller spaces, and also those situated outside of the large metropoles. Practitioners will be able to produce their work locally with a partner of their choice and a GPS grant. A public call for proposals is presided over by an independent jury of arts professionals, who make the project selection.
 
The Goethe-Institut looks forward to seeing installations, workshops, events and performances; including visual art, literature, film, music, public art, dance, theatre work and digital art; realised throughout South Africa through GPS grants.


All necessary materials and information will be asked for in the Application Form
The materials necessary for this include: 
  • a detailed project description of a maximum 1000 words 
  • a rough timeline and promotion strategy
  • biographies of all involved parties and supporting material of past work
  • letters of acknowledgement from all artists, collaborators and spaces involved with the project, stating their awareness of the project, the application and their commitment to support the project.
  • a filled out and signed Declaration Form (download here)
  • a Financial Cover Plan outlining the estimated costs for your project (a template Excel sheet can be downloaded here)

  • Only projects of a non-commercial nature will be considered.
  • The Goethe-Institut offers financial support for chosen projects to the maximum amount of R70 000. Should the budget exceed this amount, the artist/project team should seek further support - information of which should be included in the budget plan for this application form.
  • The profile of the space must be such that realisation of proposed project is viable.
  • The signed letter of commitment from the space is essential.
  • Only one project proposal per artist will be considered by the jury.

  • The project application has met the deadline and documentation is complete.
  • Realisation plan, budget outline and partner organisation/infrastructure are realistic for achieving the aims of the project.
  • A budget plan with mention of partners for additional support is included, in the case that a project’s budget exceeds the GPS total budget per project of R 70 000. This is particularly important with large/ambitious projects, where eventual realisation may seem unlikely with inadequate funding.
  • The work is appropriate for the space and audience of the space and reflects what the artist/project leader is aiming to achieve.
  • The project is feasible within the time period.
  • The proposed space has an established record, operating for at least 1 year and professionalism evident.

If, for any reason, you are unable or unwilling to fill out the online application, you may also download the form below and send it with all necessary supporting materials directly to gpsapplications@goethe.de or per physical mail to 

Goethe-Institut South Africa
119 Jan Smuts Ave 
Parkwood 2193 
Johannesburg 
 

 

FAQ
We may not be in the office to take your calls for enquiry about application. Some of your questions may be answers in the link below.
 

The Goethe-Institut Project Space grants support to artistic projects to be realised in South Africa from February to November 2022.

WHAT IS THE GOETHE-PROJECT-SPACE (GPS?)

The Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg calls for proposals for the 2022 edition of the Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS), a multi-disciplinary roving project space support programme for South Africa. The programme supports work realised in any part of South Africa; ranging from workshops to exhibitions, events and performances; in any discipline including visual art, performing arts, film, music or combinations of afore mentioned forms. 

GPS is envisioned as a non-commercial, artist-centered free platform, designed to support not only the artists and their projects, but also the many structures, spaces and festivals that currently exist and need partnerships of this nature in order to continue their work. GPS enables creators in all artistic disciplines to select the space and infrastructure they wish to work with. If awarded, a GPS grant would support both the hosting space and the project itself. 
 
GPS signals a move to decentralize; supporting smaller, less institutional and non-commercial spaces, and privileging those situated outside of the large metropoles of South Africa. Practitioners will be able to produce their work locally with a partner of their choice and a GPS grant. An independent jury of arts professionals, selected by the Goethe-Institut for their expertise in the field of independent art projects, is responsible for the selection of projects that will be supported in 2022. 

GPS forms part of the Goethe-Institut’s programme that promotes intercultural engagement through fostering dialogue and exchange in the arts. GPS was conceived succeeding on the GoetheOnMain space, which was based at Arts On Main in Johannesburg from May 2009 to November 2016. 

Deadline for submission of Proposals is 16 August 2021

The Goethe-Institut offers financial support for chosen projects to the maximum amount of R70 000. 

Please send submissions to gpsapplications@goethe.de or apply online here.
Apply Online
 

Supporting Documents:

     

 

Showcased Projects

Theatre in the Backyard 2021 © TITBY

2021 - Theatre in the Backyard

Dieses Projekt nutzt verschiedene Hinterhöfe in Townships als intime Veranstaltungsorte für Theaterproduktionen und hinterfragt damit die übliche Art in der Theater präsentiert und zugänglich gemacht wird. 

Red Location Museum © Goethe-Institut

2020 - Xolani Ngesi Singqokwana’s Dream Deferred

Xolani Ngesi Singqokwana’s Dream Deferred war ein Theaterstück am Red Location Museum in New Brighton, Eastern Cape.

A glimpse into the exhibition "The Hand That Feeds You" © JoaoRoxo

2019 - The Hand That Feeds You

The Hands That Feed You war eine Freiluftkunstausstellung, Prozess der Posterproduktion und Diskussionsreihe unter der Leitung von Russel Hlongwane und João Roxo in Durban in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

ArtsAbility Dance Residency © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

2019 - ArtsAbility Residency

ArtsAbility Dance Residency war eine Kreativstipendiat, das von Aufführungen in den Innenstädten von Kapstadt, Gugulethu and Khayelitsha am Western Cape gefolgt wurde.

One Take Grace © Eugene Alberts

2019 - One Take Grace

One Take Grace ist ein Film von Lindiwe Matshikiza.

Proclamation 73 - Stilleben des Flyers © Simanga Zondo

2018 - Proclamation 73

Proclamation 73 ist eine Ausstellung und ein audio-visuelles Archivprojekt von Zara Julius und Chandra Frank in der Durban Art Gallery.

Projects by Year

GPS © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg
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