NOW OPEN: Africa No Filter Emerging Artists Fellows Program 2021/2022 for African creative Practitioners

Application Deadline: 15 February 2021.

Africa No Filter is seeking exceptional emerging artists for a 12-month remote fellowship. Fellows will be expected to develop and deliver a project which demonstrates and/or explores how art and creativity can be used to challenge harmful narratives about Africa and present contemporary, accurate narratives.

The Arts Fellows Programme will provide 12 exceptional creative practitioners from across the continent with mentorship, peer to peer skills sharing and new networks through monthly fellow-led seminars throughout the year. Fellows are also supported with a $5000 grant to assist in executing the proposed project, documenting findings and establishing new creative methodologies that can be presented and taught to a wider audience. The Arts Fellowship welcomes emerging artists from all creative disciplines and invites proposals for both digital and in-person projects, with Africa being the focus. Fellows are expected to attend a physical convening in 2021.

Priority countries
Africa No Filter priorities emerging creative practitioners living in Africa (Sub-Saharan and North Africa).
Interested Africans from the diaspora are welcome to apply if they can demonstrate that their work is Africa-focused and includes the collaboration or involvement of creatives living in Africa.

What to expect from the fellowship
The Fellows Program will be held remotely for the duration of 12 months. Africa No Filter will provide a total of $5000 per fellow and will also offer:
• One on one mentorship – each fellow will be assigned with a mentor whom they will virtually meet with once a month
• Monthly fellows meetings for peer to peer skills-sharing
• New networks – we will host quarterly networking events where you will meet with leading creative practitioners
• An annual in-person convening in Fall 2021 (subject to change due to COVID-19)
• Feedback on your proposed project
• Marketing and dissemination of your project to our funders and the ANF community

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Project Expectations
Fellows are required to submit a project proposal as part of their application, which will be developed and executed as part of the Fellowship. Fellows will be required to:
• Submit project aims and milestones at the beginning of the fellowship
• Have a clear project outcome (such as a book, documentary fil, report, event etc)
• Develop a clear methodology which can be shared with other fellows
• Host at least one digital peer to peer skills sharing session

Africa No Filter are specifically looking for emerging artists and creative practitioners who are passionate about
challenging pre-existing harmful narratives, using art and creativity as a medium. Fellows are encouraged to propose innovative, groundbreaking projects that have both digital and in-person elements.

ANF is a donor collaborative funded by Ford Foundation, Bloomberg, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Luminate, Open Society Foundation, Comic Relief and the Hilton Foundation.  We support the development of nuanced stories that shift existing, stereotypical narratives about Africa through research, grant making and advocacy. ANF’s goal over time is to leave an empowered narrative change ecosystem and an informed community of storytellers who work more deliberately to change harmful narratives about Africa

How to apply
Visit for the application guide and the application form.
Applications must be submitted by Monday 15 February 2021.
The Fellowship will be granted in April 2021, to be completed by April 2022.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Africa No Filter Emerging Artists Fellows Program 2021/2022

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