The Lagos Creative Project 2020 Artist Residency Programme for Visual Artists of African and French Descent (Stipend available)

The Lagos Creative Project 2020 Artist Residency Programme for Visual Artists of African and French Descent (Stipend available)

Deadline: March 20, 2020

Applications are open for the Lagos Creative Project 2020 Artist Residency Programme. Focused on experimentation and new possibilities in painting and sculpture – two mediums celebrated African pioneer modernist artist, Ben Enwonwu excelled in – the residency welcomes work in all areas of the visual arts, and is open to artists of African and French descent.

It seeks to foster cross-cultural ties and exchange between African countries and France by providing a platform for artists to broaden their practice, nurture new forms and ideas, establish networks and develop collaborative projects.

The programme encourages applications that engage Lagos as a mega city by exploring themes that preoccupied Enwonwu throughout his career, including identity, the body (the gaze), gender equality, spirituality and religion, peace and conflict resolution, and environmental sustainability.

During their stay, residents will immerse themselves in the increasingly vibrant Lagos art scene, through introductions to local artists, artisans, art organisations and events, as well as cultural and academic institutions. They are also expected to engage with the public through open studios, workshops, artist talks and focused discussions.


  • Selected artists will be provided with a live/work studio space at the new, ultra modern Alliance Française Lagos/Mike Adenuga Centre in Nigeria. Playing host to many major arts events in Lagos, it’s facilities – including a gallery, library, state-of-the art auditorium, and the world famous bakery/ bistro Maison Eric Keyser – are excellent for research, exhibitions, presentations and talks.
  • All artists will receive a monthly stipend for incidentals and a one-off stipend for additional art supplies. Funding for travel within Lagos will also be covered while assistance with visa letters will be extended to international participants. However, they will be responsible for their visa fees, travel fare and health care.
  • Leading Lagos – based gallery, Omenka will provide curatorial and logistical support for the programme, which will culminate in an exhibition of works produced during the artists’ stay. Sales from the exhibition will be split 70% for the artist, 20% for the Foundation and 10% to Alliance Française Lagos/Mike Adenuga Centre. Artists may also gift any work of their choice to the Foundation.


  • Open to artists of African and French descent.
  • The residency welcomes work in all areas of the visual arts.

Selection Process

Residents will be selected based on the quality of their work, commitment to their practice and adherence to the themes.


Applicants must also include:

  • Full name / date of birth / gender
  • Passport photo & passport copy
  • Language(s) spoken
  • City/country
  • E-mail
  • Website
  • CV (PDF) and artist’s statement explaining motivation and research objectives
  • Samples of previous work (PDF, website, link to Dropbox or similar)
  • Project proposal: Specific project for this residency, including special needs and production logistics
  • Preferred time of residency

For more information, visit Lagos Creative Project.