NAFASI ART SPACE SUPPORTS AND INSPIRES AN ACTIVE COLLECTIVE OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTISTS AND HELPS TO STIMULATE CRITICAL DISCOURSE IN SOCIETY
HOW WE INSPIRE
THE ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM
An important element of our work is the residency exchange programme, which offers visiting artists the opportunity to exchange, grow, and devote time to their artistic practice within a dynamic and vibrant environment within a close-knit and welcoming community of artists.
The AIR program is part of our objective to create a critical creative and learning environment to stimulate the discovery and creation of contemporary art in Tanzania, through production and an open and active art exchange within the region and beyond.
After Nafasi reviews applications, we invite artists for residencies and a new artist joins Nafasi for 3-8 weeks to work, train others, network, and exchange ideas and experiences. The goal of the residency is to have an active art exchange between international artists and the Nafasi artists.
Preference is given to artists from the global south, especially from Africa
Background to residencies at Nafasi Art Space
Nafasi Art Space has been participating in artist exchange programmes since 2011 with the intention of encouraging artist-to-artist dialogues, developing necessary skills for the art sector and widening exposure to contemporary art practice. So far, Nafasi’s residency programme has hosted more than 30 artists from 10+ countries.
AIR ‘spec’ for Nafasi Art Space
The residency programme at Nafasi is an exchange programme. Therefore the incoming AIR will be expected to fully interact and possibly collaborate with artist members. Nafasi is a truly multidisciplinary space so we welcome artists from the performing as well as visual arts.
AIR is open to artists from all backgrounds and disciplines.
We have a young contemporary art scene so we welcome those who would like to deliver technical and theoretical workshops around new ideas and concepts.
Nafasi supports the organisation of an open studio or exhibition for the visiting artist, giving them an opportunity to present their work to the public and invited media, gaining visibility within Dar es Salaam and throughout the region.
At least once per month, Nafasi hosts artist hangouts (or art talks), which bring together artists from different backgrounds and across disciplines to meet and discuss important themes and topics. Nafasi artists use hangouts to present their work and projects, while Artists in Residence use them get to know the Nafasi community and share their work and ideas. We also use artist hangouts to discuss current exhibitions and events. The hangouts are a platform for artists to present and critique work and exchange ideas, plans, and inspiration with others.