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Henrike Grohs art awards open call for African visual artists

2021-08-20  Staff Reporter

Henrike Grohs art awards open call for African visual artists

Staff reporter

Applications to the third Henrike Grohs Art Award are now open.  The Henrike Grohs Art Award is a roving biennial art prize conceived by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family in memory of the former head of Goethe-Institut in Abidjan, Henrike Grohs.

The Henrike Grohs Art Award has been established to pay tribute to the outstanding artistic talent on the African continent and to acknowledge that the working conditions for young professional artists are indeed challenging, even more so in times of a global pandemic.

Asma Diakité, regional head of programmes at the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, said the prize offers emerging talent for international visibility and creates a platform to showcase the diversity of contemporary Pan African Visual Arts practice.

“The past two editions of the Henrike Grohs Art Award have brought about a range of inspiring and evocative artistic works and we look forward to its 3rd iteration with excitement,” he said.

The main prize is awarded by an international jury after a shortlist is compiled by a selection committee. The winning individual artist or collective will receive a cash prize of approximately N$ 336 219.20 (Euros 20 000) and N$ 168 109.60 (Euros 10 000) towards the production of a publication on the winner’s work. 

Two artists or collectives will be selected as runners-up and will be awarded a cash prize of N$ 84 054.80 (Euros 5 000) each. Each iteration of the awards ceremony is celebrated at a different biennale or major art event on the continent. 

Jackie Karuti (Kenya) was awarded the 2020 Henrike Grohs Art Award, with Sabelo Mlangeni (South Africa) and Akwasi Bediako Afrane (Ghana) as runners-up. 

The ceremony was scheduled to take place at Dak’Art–Biennial of Contemporary Art but was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The funds allocated to the awards ceremony were redistributed to the top 17 artists on the shortlist.

All applications must be submitted using the online application form found on the website.

2021-08-20  Staff Reporter

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