Noldor: Artist Residency
AT A GLANCE
An annual four-week program for one emerging African artist from the continent or the African diaspora.
Taking place each Fall, the artist residency is an annual four-week program based in Accra, Ghana. Inaugurated in November 2020, the residency invites one emerging African artist with previous technical training, but limited access to infrastructure and material resources, to expand on their practice in a dedicated studio space and retreat.
Favoring a comprehensive experience that brings together artistic and personal growth, the Noldor Artist Residency unfolds across two distinct spaces. The first is a 150-square-meter warehouse studio space located in Accra’s seaside Labadi district, where the artist resides and creates for the majority of the four-week program. During the final week, the artist relocates to a secluded retreat in the periphery of central Accra – a private equestrian residence which acts as a removed psychological sanctuary favoring personal development and emotional well-being. During the final week, the artist relocates to a secluded retreat in the periphery of central Accra – a private equestrian residence which acts as a removed psychological sanctuary favoring personal development and emotional well-being. With the support of a clinical psychologist, the artist receives personal, professional and creative guidance.
In parallel, he is offered access to multiple intellectual resources, from a specialized art collection to a considerable art library. Through its unconventional format, Noldor advances an organic, holistic approach to creation – one where emotional health nourishes an artist’s creative process.
During the residency, the artist produces a dedicated portfolio of work, rooted in his existing practice and cultivated throughout his experience in the residency. At the end of the program, the works are exhibited for one month within the warehouse space, open to both key actors of the local art industry and to local audiences. The body of work is subsequently brought to global audiences through partnerships with international galleries in London, New York, Paris, and more.
Launched in November 2020, the inaugural artist residency welcomed emerging Ghanaian artist Emmanuel Taku. A selection of 10 works produced throughout the program, titled Temple of Blackness – It Takes Two, was exhibited within Noldor’s warehouse studio space from December 4, 2020 to January 17, 2021. Building on his Noldor series, Emmanuel Taku’s solo debut exhibition, The Chosen Few, will be presented at Maruani Mercier Gallery in Knokke, Belgium, from April 3 to May 15, 2021.
We recommend gathering the following materials for your application before filling in the form below.
- A current CV or Artist Resume
- Artist Statement/Bio
- Statement of Intent
- The contact info for two professional references (a letter of recommendation is not needed)
- Work samples – ZIP file including the following:
Visual: Up to 10 images of work as digital images no larger than 1MB each and labeled as follows: lastname_1, lastname_2, etc. Include a description sheet with your name, the image name, the work’s title, date executed, dimensions, and media.
Once you have satisfied the above requirements, kindly send them to email@example.com.
Noldor does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sex, race, national origin, religion, age, or sexual orientation. We consider ourselves a safe space for all.