spring season in senegal
waaw centre, saint-louis
15 february-15 may 2018
Waaw is an artist/volunteer run residence, situated right in the middle of the Saint-Louis island in the Senegal river. In Saint-Louis, the picturesque decay of the colonial town contrasts with the cultural expressions of modern West Africa.
For this season, we invite practitioners in all creative disciplines, as well as curators, journalists and researchers. A stay at Waaw is perfect for individual work in a semi-secluded setting, but community-oriented projects are also possible. In our selection, we generally favour projects with relevance to the Senegalese context.
Waaw provides individual or shared work space and some project assistance and mentoring, including assistance in establishing contacts locally. Accommodation is provided with a Senegalese family in a building at walking distance. There is free wifi, but the connection is often rather poor.
End-of-residency exhibitions or shows are welcome - but not obligatory. Please see the Waaw residency page (links on the right) for practical details on costs etc. We offer no grants, but selected candidates who have paid the registration fee will be issued a letter of support for seeking grants elsewhere.
We are now inviting artists for a 1, 2 or 3-month stay during the period from 15 February to 15 May 2018. Arrival days: 15 February, 15 March or 15 April. Please note that extensions before and after this 3-month period are not possible.
The Spring residency coincides with two main cultural events in Senegal; the Saint-Louis Jazz festival (24 April-1 May) and the Dak'Art Biennale for contemporary art (3 May-3 June).
This residency period falls in the dry season. Expect afternoon temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees and night temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius.
To apply, send an informal letter to the address info(át)waawsenegal.org. Please tell us why you would like to come to Waaw and what you would like to do during your residency. One A4 will do fine. Please answer these questions, attach a concise project plan, if relevant, and link to relevant work or documentation of it online. We are not interested in detailed cv's or artist's statements. If you must attach files, please limit yourself to one single relevant work. Please make sure that your email message is not heavier than 10 MB - otherwise we may not be able to take your application into account. Thank you for your understanding.
We would like to hear from you as soon as possible and by 20 August at the latest. The selection committee will announce its list of artists in September.
Hope to see you at Waaw!
Photo: Heli Pehkonen
What do we mean by "relevance to the Senegalese context"?
We appreciate openness and a genuine interest in what Senegal and Saint-Louis has to offer - and then we don't refer to the sunshine. If you aren't familiar with the country and the culture, we suggest you do a little bit of online research. It does not mean that you have to plan your project in detail beforehand.
Community art initiatives are welcome, but we also hope to see small-scale individual projects of a fairly independent nature. We generally value learning more than teaching.
Knowledge of French is an asset, but it is not necessarily a criterion for selection. Interpretation services are available against payment.