at Galerie Ethiopiques, for instance - are welcome but not obligatory. For these, artists will cover costs for materials and equipment and contribute to gallery costs. We sometimes organise open door events at Waaw where artists can present their work.
The 7 bedrooms (12-16 sqm) contain beds, a desk and storage facilities. Fans are available. Windows and beds are fitted with mosquito nets. Bed linen and towels are provided. Bathrooms (with hot water) are shared. At your disposal are also two shared kitchens, equipped with refrigerator, gas cooker and kitchen utensils. A washing machine can be used for 2,000 fcfa / €3.00 per wash. There are several restaurants just around the corner where meal prices start at 1,500 fcfa/ €2.30.
If agreed beforehand, family members or other guests are welcome to stay in your room for an additional 13,000 fcfa/€20 per night (reduction for a longer stay).
single room 260 000 fcfa / € 400
double room, per person 160 000 / € 250
single room 450 000 fcfa / € 700
double room, per person 285 000 / € 440
single room 600 000 fcfa / € 900
double room, per person 365 000 / 560 €
A non-refundable registration fee of €150, which counts towards the total amount, should be paid to Waaw upon acceptance onto the programme. The payment of balance should be made three months before the start of the residency. We will also ask for a deposit of €100 (to cover any damages to equipment etc), which is normally paid back at your departure.
We arrange transfers from and to Dakar, including pick-up at the airport and accommodation for one night in Dakar (price for the whole package ranging between €50 and €200). Excursions in and around Saint-Louis can also be booked: to the Djoudj birding paradise, the Lompoul desert or fishing tours, for instance. Bikes can be rented in town.
Regular residencies for artists and researchers:
How to apply
Please send us an informal application letter by email. It should include the information mentioned here. Generally, we are more interested in what you want to do than what you have done in the past - no detailed CVs or long artists' statements, please.
If possible, link to documentation of your work online. If you must send an attachment, please limit yourself to one relevant work. If applicable, attach a very short and realistic project plan, including any wishes as to space, equipment, assistance and time frame. We can receive email messages of maximum 10 MB.
For 15 February-15 May 2018, the deadline is 20 August. Due to cancellations, we sometimes also have places available at short notice.
Residencies open also to others than professional artists:
2 December 2017 - 10 February 2018 - see our separate Open Residency programme.
The atmosphere is inspiring: peaceful and picturesque but still rough around the edges. Saint-Louis is a gentle version of urban West Africa, with an interesting historical dimension. See our Facebook page for pictures.
Courses or private classes in silver jewellery making, textile dyeing, drumming and dance as well as language courses (French, Wolof, Pulaar) can be arranged.
What is special about a residency at Waaw?
Working professionally with local artists and artisans is possible. For instance, music and dance, traditional craft trades like woodwork, metal work, jewellery and tailoring are well represented in Saint-Louis. However, don't expect much in the way of an avant garde contemporary arts scene.
When it comes to working methods, equipment and basic materials, be prepared to improvise - this is Africa! Much that we take for granted may not be available, or costly - wood, for instance. Plastic and other trash is an environmental problem in town, but at the same time offers opportunities for creation.
At Waaw, there is an easel, a sewing machine and basic woodworking tools at the disposal of the residents. Our little library contains 350 books on Senegal and Africa, mainly in English and French.
I am not an artist -
can I stay at Waaw?
Can I visit Waaw?
If you are interested in our residency activities, you are welcome to book a visit in advance. For tourist services in Saint-Louis, we recommend the guide Djiby Mbaye (speaks some English)