life at waaw

In order to ensure that everyone has an agreeable stay at Waaw, we would like to draw the attention of applicants and future residents to the following:

Respect the space

The Waaw residence is a fairly intimate space, with bedrooms and common areas opening towards a narrow inner courtyard. Rooms are not insulated and noise travels easily. As there are 4-8 people living and working in the same building at one time, taking others into consideration is crucial. For this reason, we do not normally accept families with children. We also have a strict policy on silence (between 11 pm and 8 am) and on inviting guests on the premises. Residents are also expected to keep common areas tidy and help out with cleaning and recycling. Smoking is not allowed indoors, and outdoors in designated areas only.

For those who require more independence, and for families with children, we can help finding accommodation on town. In such cases, we charge (depending on the length of the stay) 150-200 euro per person and month for working space at Waaw as well as project and other assistance.

The importance of sharing

We would like Waaw to be more than a hotel. Our aim is create opportunities for learning and for sharing work, thoughts and experiences with fellow residents, the Waaw host and visitors. Please be prepared to present your ongoing and previous work, and keep the host(s) informed about how your project is progressing. This includes taking part in the weekly meetings for residents and hosts.

Another aim of Waaw is to promote contacts and dialogue between resident artists and the host community. For this, respect for local culture is essential. Despite its cool appearance, Saint-Louis is neither a metropolis nor a beach resort for Westerners, but a fairly conservative town. Dress etiquette, rules of politeness and other social mores are important, and guests are asked to follow the advice of Waaw hosts in this field.

Your project

If you get selected for a residency, there will be others who are less lucky. We therefore expect you to take responsibility for your project and carry it out to the best of your ability. In order to avoid disappointment, please be realistic when you submit your project proposal. This is particularly important if you involve local institutions and individuals in your project. If you plan to travel in Senegal, we suggest you leave time for that after your scheduled residency period.


Waaw will take no liability for injury, illness, or loss of personal property or expenses thereof associated with residency participation.

Please have an international medical insurance and a third party insurance for all personal property and health. There is a hospital and a private clinic on the island, but for anything serious, you may have to be transported to Dakar for treatment. If you suffer from a chronic illness, please let us know beforehand.


Waaw reserves the right to cancel a residency that is already taking place, based on reasons of inappropriate behaviour in any way towards other residents, hosts or town inhabitants. Complaints by others about a resident with such behavior will be taken seriously and looked into.


On arrival at Waaw, you will be asked to sign a document where you agree to respect the points listed above. You will also be asked for a deposit of 100 euro to cover any damages to property.

Thank you for your understanding. 

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Photo: Greg Pritchard

You may be aware that Senegal is not a prime safari destination. That does not mean an absence of fauna, however. We do have all sorts of creatures of the crawling and flying kind, even in and around the Waaw building itself. If you have a phobia of mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches or geckos, please consider if the subtropics is the best residency setting for you.