Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS)
A Roving Arts Platform

  • GPS O Kiep Photo by Ruth Smith
  • GPS Proclamation 73 Picture by Simanga Zondo
  • GPS Proclamation 73 Picture by Simanga Zondo
  • GPS Anybody Dance Lab Picture by Lindsey Appolis
  • GPS Anybody Dance Lab © Lindsey Appolis
  • GPS O Kiep Photo by Ruth Smith

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

The Goethe-Institut set up this grant to partner with art professionals working in South Africa, who collaborate with the various spaces to engage with communities through the different art disciplines. This is the fifth Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS) call since 2016. GPS has supported over 20 projects in Cape Town, Kimberly, Durban, Joburg, O'kiep, Bloemfontein and more.

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 

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

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


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.  

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Showcased Projects

Theatre in the Backyard 2021 © TITBY

2021 - Theatre in the Backyard

This project uses different backyards in townships as intimate sites of theatrical production, challenging the way theatre is usually presented and engaged with.

Red Location Museum © Goethe-Institut

2020 - Xolani Ngesi Singqokwana’s Dream Deferred

Xolani Ngesi Singqokwana’s Dream Deferred was a creative process and theatre performances at the 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 was an open-air exhibition, poster production process and discussions created by Russel Hlongwane and João Roxo in Durban in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

ArtsAbility Dance Residency © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

2019 - ArtsAbility Residency

ArtsAbility Dance Residency was a creative residency followed by performances in inner city Cape Town, Gugulethu and Khayelitsha, Western Cape.

One Take Grace © Eugene Alberts

2019 - One Take Grace

One Take Grace is a film presented by Lindiwe Matshikiza.

Proclamation 73 - still of the flyer © Simanga Zondo

2018 - Proclamation 73

​Proclamation 73 is an audio-visual archival project and exhibition by Zara Julius and Chandra Frank in the Durban Art Gallery

Projects by Year

GPS © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg