exchange of art and culture between Africa and the Netherlands – Amsterdam

There are two residency programs the Full Residency Program and the Short Residency Program. Full Residency Program Full residencies are awarded competitively to artists from the whole of Africa. The Thami Mnyele Foundation offers two Full Residency Program scholarships per year. Applicants are evaluated by an independent committee of art professionals, who are appointed by the Board of the Foundation. Those selected are offered accommodation and studio space for a three month period. Artists who are selected for the Full Residency Program also receive: a monthly allowance which covers the costs for living and materials (currently amounting to euro 850 per month) a reimbursment of return travel to Amsterdam medical and legal liability insurance for the period of stay assistance in applying for visa an introduction to the Dutch art world and access to the Foundation’s extensive network. Short Residency Program Short Residency Programs are awarded to artists from the whole of Africa, who have been invited to participate in cultural projects in the Netherlands and are in need of accomodation in Amsterdam for a short period. The Short Residency Program offers artists free studio and housing for a set period of time. The Short Residency Program does not include an allowance for living and material costs, medical and legal liability insurance and traveling expenses, nor does the Foundation assist in visa application.

The Thami Mnyele Foundation manages a studio annex living space located on the second floor of a nineteenth century school building. Situated in Amsterdam Oud-West, a lively and bustling area in Amsterdam, the studio contains a spacious work space and a separate living area, including a kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom. The studio is equipped with central heating, kitchen utilities, a television and video installation, a radio and bedding and sheets. The artist can make use of a bicycle and a mobile telephone during his or her stay.

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