Every now and then artists often need seclusion or to get away from their normal environment with its routines and obligations in order to advance their practice, artist in residence programmes exist to make this possible without straining their finances. Furthermore, travelling to different places, learning new cultures and observing other artists’ work ethic often enables an artist to broaden the scope of their imagination and re-invent themselves to become more relevant in the ever changing art market. The objectives of these initiatives have almost always been the same: Exchange of ideas, networking, developing movements among other reasons, all for the sake of advancing the participants’ artistic careers. Such are the objectives of AIRBrush, an artist-in-residency programme run by Brush Tu Art Studio in Buruburu and funded by the Danish Embassy, Nairobi.
The Brush Tu Art Studio’s Artist in residency programme, also known as AIRBrush, is an artist run initiative that seeks to offer temporary studio space for a period of three months to contemporary visual artists who do not work within Nairobi or Kenya and thereafter an opportunity to showcase at one of Nairobi’s acclaimed art exhibition spaces.
AIRBrush includes a component for a shorter residency for Kenyan artists whereby selected local artists will be given an opportunity to occupy the residence and studio spaces. The incubation will be offered to 2-3 local upcoming artists who are meant to occupy the residence and studio spaces for a month each. This incubation will be self funded and will run for a month for each artist. This will be in fulfilment to our objective of incubating promising upcoming local artists so as to offer them an opportunity to launch their artistic careers and increase the reach of their clientele.
If during this short stint the artists will have produced enough work for a showcase, the studio will organise an exhibition for them at any one of our partner organisation galleries.
The criteria for applicant selection is as follows:
- The resident must be a visual artist.
- They must be based within Kenya.
- The resident should have exceptional talent and innovativeness
To apply for incubation kindly send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
before Monday, 20th March 2017 with the following attachments:
- An Artist Bio
- Pictures of 5 pieces of work (both recent and previous works)
- A Statement of Interest/ Application Letter