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OPEN CALL Artists from Eswatini, Lesotho & South Africa For A Visual Arts residency In Leipzig – Apply Now!

The German Embassy Pretoria and LIA-Leipzig International Art Programme would like to invite artists from Eswatini, Lesotho and South Africa to apply for a three months residency exchange in Leipzig Germany.

The Leipzig International Art Programme (LIA) is an international artist in residency programme located at the Spinnerei Leipzig (, a former cotton mill and now cultural hub. LIA focuses on being a place for experiment and learning within a strong local artist community and a city rich of traditions. Local and international artists have an impact on each other while exchanging cultural experiences they are shifting the gaze. The founder of LIA, Anna-Louise Rolland, states, “at LIA, we believe that moving outside of our comfort zone leads to new perspectives opening up. International visual artists working together with professional musicians, public space and institutions like museums fits perfectly into this philosophy and this type of collaboration leads to new approaches being developed and new kinds of artistic exchanges taking place”.

Key information

free accommodation in an 83 square meter furnished studio incl. curated group show in the residency coverage of travel and flight, visa and health insurance costs
fellowship 760,00 € per month
curatorial advice by LIA director Anna-Louise Rolland

group show mid January 2024 during the Spinnerei Gallery Tour residency dates: 1st November 2023 to 30th January 2024

Please note the artist must speak comprehensible English and come from and be based in Eswatini, Lesotho or South Africa. The residency does not include any further fees or stipends. For more detailed information about the services provided by LIA please visit Additional information about the artist studios at the Spinnerei Leipzig is given in this short video: leipzig-s-artist-studios/

Applications must comprise the following and be wrapped into one pdf file only:

An expression of interest (500 words max.) explaining for example the project you wish to develop during the residency or research you would like to do and what interests you about working at the Spinnerei Leipzig
A CV or biography
Up to 6 images of your work or video/audio links
The specification of the subject matter of your e-mail so we can file you correctly: Open Call AfricanLeipzigApplications must be in English and sent as one single pdf file to: [email protected], [email protected],application deadline: 15th June 2023, 12 pm noon European Central Time, successful applicants will be notified latest by 30th June 2023

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