Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS)

GPS O Kiep © Photo by Ruth Smith


In 2023, six art projects receive a grant from the Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS)

About the project

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.

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. 

Selected Projects

In 2023, six art projects receive a grant from the Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS)

The jury accounts, “This year’s proposals showed a large interest in social development through art based projects. Given the nature of the GPS programme, we felt it important to support projects that placed an emphasis on social engagement, rather than social development by choosing projects that showed a strong commitment to developing art of a high standard. The selection of the projects for the 2023 programme reflects the need of artists across disciplines to engage in the questions most pressing in their worlds, without needing to carry the expectation of changing the world as this is a very high burden to place on artists alone.”

Supporting Documents

Please upload the following documents in your application form:


If you consider applying, please check out the following information and documents, including eligibility criteria and FAQ. If the information provided doesn’t answer your queries, please send an email to: gpsapplications@goethe.de.

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: 

  • 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. 
  • A  budget plan outlining the estimated costs (expenditure) and planned income for your project 
  • 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 plan  for 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.


Selected projects


Francois Venter Photographer: Thabang Radebe ©Goethe Institut Johannesburg

Francois Venter

Cultural Programme Assistant
Tel: +27 11 4423232
Email: Francois.Venter@goethe.de