Waaw's main focus is on visual arts, craft and design, but practitioners in all art disciplines, curators, researchers and journalists are welcome. Projects with relevance to the Senegalese context and the local creative community are especially appreciated. NB: No grants are available, but selected candidates will be issued a letter of support for individual grant seeking.

The Waaw residence serves as a base for artists and other creative professionals wishing to stay in Senegal doing creative work. The minimum residency time is one month; stays for 2-3 months are encouraged. Waaw is open for artists 9 August - 8 September (sorry, no vacancies) and 1 - 30 November 2017 and 15 February - 15 May 2018. In December-February, we offer an Open Residency programme: more information here.

On a non-profit basis, we offer simple self-catering accommodation, working space and wifi access. Depending on your area of interest and the time frame, we can help you make contacts in Saint-Louis and provide language assistance if needed - in other words, you don't necessarily have to speak French. (French and Wolof tuition is available, though.)

There are three spaces (between 10 and 38 sqm) intended for work - including a workshop for messy work. If needed, extra working space can be rented outside the Waaw building for an additional fee.


There are no computers available at Waaw, so bringing your own laptop is advisable. End-of-residency exhibitions, performances or workshops - 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.

Residency rates

1 month

single room 260 000 fcfa / € 400

double room, per person 160 000 / € 250


1.5 months

single room 400 000 fcfa / € 600

double room, per person 240 000 / € 370


2 months

single room 450 000 fcfa / € 700

double room, per person 285 000 / € 440


3 months

single room 600 000 fcfa / € 900

double room, per person 365 000 / 560 €

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).

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.


Presenting local cultural heritage thematic residency: deadline 19 August.

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.

See the Saint-Louis page for more information.

We will offer a special Open Residency programme from December 2017. For shorter stays, we recommend

Hotel Siki,

Au fil du fleuve and Maison Jamm

We would also be happy to suggest other long-term accommodation.

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)!louis_1