The 2024 STARTS4AFRICA Residency Programme

The 2024 STARTS4AFRICA Residency Programme

The 2024 STARTS4AFRICA Residency Programme

Applications are currently available for the 2024 STARTS4AFRICA Residency Programme. STARTS4AFRICA is delighted to make known the Call for Artists for the first STARTS Residency Programme fully devoted to enhancing Sub-Saharan Africa innovation at the nexus of Science + Technology + Arts.

Through 6-month residencies, STARTS4AFRICA will promote art-driven innovation in four African countries:

  1. Senegal,
  2. Ghana,
  3. Tanzania,
  4. Nigeria.

This pioneering initiative will allow artists to tackle regional challenges around Food and Water, Digital Mapping and Speculative Landscapes, Culture and Coding, Wearable Technology and Smart Textile, Immersive Storytelling, Rethinking Sustainable Construction, and Speculative Urbanism.

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STARTS4AFRICA welcomes proposals from any individual artist or a collective of artists, with previous experience:

  • Nationals of the countries covered by STARTS4AFRICA (DR Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Tanzania) or permanent residents in any country in Sub-Saharan Africa; OR,
  • Artistic teams mixing artists from Europe and from Sub-Saharan African countries

The Residencies Programme

STARTS4AFRICA will assist chosen applicants through a programme that contains a 6-month residency starting in March 2024, as well as multiple exhibitions and events during the residency period and thereafter until November 2024.


Up to € 35.000 budget for artists residencies

  • Up to EUR 35.000 budget for artists residencies to cover the artist fee, the organisation and participation at artistic exhibitions/events and other relevant costs to ensure the successful implementation of the project (including but not limited to artwork/prototype production);
  • Access to resources/facilities provided by the Residency Host Institution;
  • Assistance from the Local Expert Group
  • Participation in an individualised Mentoring Programme (including business-specific and tech/sci-related sessions);
  • Access to the Europe-wide S+T+ARTS network;
  • Participation at the S+T+ARTS4AFRICA Community events (online and on-site);
  • Considered participation in exhibitions showcasing the outcomes of the residencies at Ars Electronica Festival in September 2024 in Linz and/or other festivals and venues upon selection; and
  • Visibility through high-impact communication activities to promote the artistic output and its innovation spillovers.


  • Building a tangible, presentable and art-driven innovation output addressing a local challenge, in the form of an artwork or a functional or speculative artistic prototype;
  • Providing (at the beginning of the residency) a descriptive abstract of the art-driven innovation output and a development plan describing the objectives, actions, timetable and setup necessary for implementing it;
  • Participating and organising online or on-site local/ national events, masterclasses, and seminars to (i) share experience in participating in STARTS4AFRICA Residency program; (ii) ensure the promotion of residency results. Participation in at least 6 online or on-site local/ national events is expected, as well as in international events (these events will be discussed, agreed and co-organized with the Residency Host Institutions);
  • Actively participate in the dissemination and communication efforts of the Residency, sharing posts on social media, producing articles to be shared on websites (such as, participating in written/audio/video interviews; and,
  • Contributing to the Impact Assessment Analysis undertaken by STARTS4AFRICA Consortium and the Residency Host Institutions.


Applications for the STARTS4AFRICA Residencies Programme must have to be submitted online, through the Online Form. The Application Form is composed of:

  • Online form: administrative information, declarations, etc.;
  • Artistic Proposal (Template document to be downloaded here and uploaded into the Online Form);
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (to be uploaded into the Online Form);
  • Your Portfolio (to be uploaded into the Online Form).


Application Deadline:  February 18, 2024, 17h00 Central European Time

The 2024 STARTS4AFRICA Residency Programme

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