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

Applications are now open!

The Goethe-Institut South Africa is accepting proposals for the annual Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS) grant.

The Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg calls for proposals for the 2021 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 2021.



The deadline for submission of proposals is 17 August 2020.

Apply here!

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 20 projects in Cape Town, Kimberly, Durban, Joburg, O'kiep, Bloemfontein and more.


Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS) is a multi-disciplinary roving project space. The programme will support 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 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 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 and theatre work; realised throughout South Africa through GPS grants.

The chief criterion is artistic merit, and the social and cultural relevance of the project to the public it is presented to.

It is key that projects maintain sensitivity for the immediate and larger context of the space they wish to inhabit.

The space is equally relevant to the project as the concept of the work and will be considered in selection.

GPS is intended as an experimental space that would give artists the opportunity to ply their trade, and to support more established individuals to pursue experimental (often commercially unviable) projects. GPS criteria would privilege less polished over less interesting, keeping a balance between giving opportunities to more established and younger artists. New work is preferred.

The proposal should illustrate 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 on projects proposed. The partners need to take address all conceptual concerns and manage all logistical tasks. The grant will not support with this infrastructure. The artists or project leader in support of the space partner must be responsible for all logistical requirements.

  • 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 60 000. 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.

  • Only projects of a non-commercial nature will be considered.
  • The Goethe-Institut offers financial support for chosen projects to the maximum amount of R60 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.
  • In the event that the person, who is to realise a chosen project lives outside of South Africa, the Goethe-Institut will support up to half of their economy flight ticket cost in order for them to be present to realise the project.
  • The artist/project team will be responsible to work out terms of reference with the space where the project will take place, detailing the basis of the partnership. The artist is responsible for realising the work and will be held accountable.
  • 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.
  • Work produced remains the property of the artist. The Goethe-Institut and GPS must however be acknowledged in all subsequent showings of the work and mentioned in all press relating to the work.
  • The Goethe-Institut needs to approve all promotional material, including press releases and invitations related to the project before anything goes to print or is electronically, or otherwise, distributed.
  • The Goethe-Institut will not be held liable for accidents of any kind to the artist and/or third parties.
  • The artist and hosting partner are responsible in their individual capacities to make tax payments related to the project grant when required. The Goethe-Institut cannot be held responsible for any related issues.
  • Only one project proposal per artist will be considered by the jury.

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Showcased Projects

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

Theatre in the backyard in O'Kiep 2018 © Ruth Smith

2018 - Theatre in the backyard in O'Kiep

​Die Onthulling was a Dance theatre collaboration between Theatre in the Backyard and the Garage Dance Ensemble in O’kiep, Northern Cape.

Ses’fikile - siwu mndeni Daniel Walton

2018 - Ses'fikile

​Ses’fikile - Siwu Mndeni - Celebration, film premiere and photography exhibition presented by Jabulile Newman at Club Zer021 in District Six, Cape Town

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.

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, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

One Take Grace © Eugene Alberts

2019 - One Take Grace

One Take Grace was a film premiere presented by Lindiwe Matshikiza in GaMothapo, Limpopo.

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

Projects by Year

GPS © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg
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