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Black Rock Residency for African & African-American Creatives

Deadline: October 15th, 2021

Named for the volcanic rocks that blanket its shoreline, Black Rock is a multidisciplinary artist-in-residence program founded by renowned artist Kehinde Wiley in 2019. The residency brings together international artists to live and work in Dakar, Senegal for 1-3 month stays.

Their mission is to support new artistic creation through collaborative exchange and to incite change in the global discourse about Africa.

Why You Should Apply

  • Black Rock provides residents with a local staff to assist in navigating Dakar and a language tutor to assist with English, French, and Wolof – the three primary languages of the program.
  • Residents will additionally be offered a modest stipend for incidentals and additional art supplies.
  • They encourage opportunities to host open studios, attend cultural events, visit and learn from local artists, and hold screenings in the library. The staff works closely with Black Rock artists to identify potential collaborations and suggest events that may be of interest to them throughout their stay.

One of the most unique elements of the program is the opportunity to engage with Dakar and its surrounding areas. Dakar is well known for its abundance of fresh seafood which is brought into the city daily by local fishermen. Senegal also has a strong history and community within the plastic arts which incorporate both traditional and contemporary influences and promote collaborative, cross-disciplinary practices. Starting in 2002, the Biennial of Contemporary African Art, DAK’ART has further established the city’s vital presence within the international art landscape.

Facilities in Residence

The Black Rock Senegal compound includes Kehinde Wiley’s personal studio and living space as well as three single-occupancy residency apartments with adjacent studio spaces for resident artists. The compound has been designed to include maximum flexibility to move between common areas and private ones.

Private Spaces for Residents

Residents are offered room, board, and individual studio space.

The single-occupancy apartments are each three floors, including a living room, a kitchen, a bedroom, and two bathrooms.

The kitchens are furnished with basic cookwares. Black Rock offers access to grocery provisions provided on a weekly basis for residents who prefer to prepare their own meals in their apartments. Black Rock offers three meals a day to residents, which are able to be served to residents in their apartments or at the main dining table.

The individual art studios are designed to accommodate different artistic mediums, each furnished with tables, light fixtures, and storage space. Black Rock provides staff assistance and a modest stipend for artists to use for obtaining materials necessary to their practice while they are in Dakar.

Common Areas

Black Rock includes a number of indoor and outdoor spaces that are shared between the main house and the residency quarters.  These areas include the main dining table, the library, the gym, the sauna, the swimming pool, and the interior gardens.

For any questions about the application process, please contact: apply@blackrocksenegal.com.

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