LAPA Pan-African Artist Residency

LAPA Pan-African Artist Residency Logo © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg


LAPA lädt praktizierende Künstler aus Südafrika ein, in Brixton zu leben und neue panafrikanische künstlerische Ansätze zu entwickeln/erforschen.

“LAPA is a home and place of being and belonging. LAPA is an invitation to collaborate, to think and be together, to be in solidarity and co-existence.”
- Refilwe Nkomo, Director of VANSA

LAPA welcomes you to a collective space to be home.

Housed in the Breezeblock building in the suburb of Brixton, Johannesburg, LAPA is a place to gather, for collaboration, experimentation and developing new trajectories in artistic practice. LAPA makes its connection with community and asks what kind of potential could we encourage when we are housed together. Enacting the term LAPA, the residency becomes a space of communing, gathering in a ‘home’ which encourages restorative sensibilities for community. 

LAPA residency hosts Goethe Institut and VANSA’s team, and the Pan-African artist residency as parallel and connected programmes for the intersections of artists, communities and cultural organisations, to develop sustainable exchange. 

Pan-African artist residency

Residencies are critical support structures for artists and art professionals which prioritizes processes of thinking and being. The Pan-African artist residency is launched in an initial phase in 2021 with an open call to two artists already based in South Africa. By mid-2022 the open call extends within Africa to expand on the continental network and establish necessary travel and connection inward. The residency aims to support Pan-African artistic research and exchange, understanding the expansive history of Pan-Africanism as an ideology.  
The residency is developed through an open call process, running until 25 June 2021, where two resident artists will be chosen through a selection panel. Each artist spends over three months at LAPA in a self-managed research process, the resident artist will be provided with accommodation, working space, a modest stipend for living, travel and production expenses.  

The two residency periods for 2021/early 2022 are: 

Resident #1: blk banaana (Duduetsang Lamola)
She is a South African visual artist based in Cape Town. She works primarily in handmade and digital collage, video art and video installation. From August to November 2021, she will be the first resident at the recently established LAPA residency for artists.

Resident #2: Tinofireyi Zhou aka Aero5ol
He uses Spoken and written Word, Street Art and Sound-based Intervention to engage and interrogate the world. He will be the second artists in residency at LAPA, from January 2022 to April 2022.

The artist will share working space with Goethe-Institut and VANSA and is encouraged to participate in LAPA programming as they develop their public moment at the end of the residency period. As we collectively occupy space in Brixton, the resident and team LAPA should engage with the community of Brixton and consider the areas’ historical and contemporary context.  

The LAPA space will host numerous programmes in 2021, this includes the Pan-African residency, VANSA’s Winter School and the launch of a new programme Visual Arts Archiving and Presentation. Goethe-Institut will host programmes at the space and see LAPA as a platform for realising its different projects. We look forward to welcoming artists to think and work with us at the space. 

About VANSA 

VANSA operates as a support point and development agency for contemporary art practice in South Africa. We develop industry knowledge, resources, networks and projects that are concerned with realising new social, cultural and economic possibilities for contemporary art practice in the South African – and wider African – context. VANSA is a national network of artists and arts organisations with just over 7000 members that works to support and develop knowledge and resources for art practitioners, communities and organisations in South Africa.

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