Deadline approaches for Access Art X Prize for artists from Africa and its Diaspora

Art X Lagos

Deadline for the Access ART X Prize, which awards early-career artists from Africa and its Diaspora with opportunities to develop their practices, is November 6, 2022.

With the intention of setting artists up for the highest levels of success on the global stage in its initial iteration, the prize was created to bolster the careers of emerging Nigerian artists, after identifying the absence of infrastructure that exists for contemporary art within the country. 

For its 2022/3 edition, the prize platform has evolved to include an additional award, now open to emerging artists from the rest of Africa and its Diaspora, in a bid to buttress sustainable careers for a wider range of artists. 

Apart from  awarding two exceptional emerging artists with funding, tailored mentoring support, and opportunities for cultural exchange, it enables them to complete compelling, ambitious projects that will further their careers and challenge the expectations of audiences across the world. 

One artist will be selected from Nigeria, who will undergo a residency at Gasworks in London from July to September 2023. Another artist from Africa / the Diaspora will be selected to undergo a residency at Yinka Shonibare’s GAS Foundation in Lagos from September to November 2023. The residency awards cover the travel, accommodation and stipend costs for the winners. Both artists will also be granted exhibitions at the Art X Lagos fair in November 2023, supported by grants of $10,000 each towards their exhibitions. 

Interested artists can apply here.

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