Open Call: Turn2 Lagos Residencies.

A joint project of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation), the ZK/U – Center for Arts and Urbanistics and the Triangle Network. In collaboration with and hosted by Guest Artists Space, Lagos (Nigeria)

Application Deadline: 05 April 2021

As part of the programme TURN2 - Artistic Co-Creation between Germany and African Countries, the Federal Cultural Foundation has launched the TURN2 Residencies - Curatorial Research Residencies in Berlin, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi.

The TURN2 Residencies facilitate research for curators and cultural practitioners with curatorial experience (visual arts, cross-disciplinary) either from the African continent to come to Berlin, or from Germany to come to Johannesburg, Lagos or Nairobi. The programme thus supports the development of transcontinental working relationships and sustainable networks between emerging curators and established art and cultural institutions, as well as the exchange between the different art scenes. The TURN2 Residencies are a cooperation of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation), the Center for Arts and Urbanistics (ZK/U) and the Triangle Network and are carried out in collaboration with the Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute (NCAI), Guest Artists Space (G.A.S.) Foundation in Lagos and the Bag Factory in Johannesburg.

This call invites emerging contemporary visual arts curators and/or visual culture practitioners with a cross-disciplinary curatorial interest based in Germany, to undertake a fully-funded 2-month residency at Guest Artists Space (G.A.S.) in Lagos The residencies will take place between September 2021 and September 2022 (exact dates to be finalised in consultation between the host and each selected candidate).


Guest Artists Space (G.A.S.)  is a non-profit established in 2019 by celebrated British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE RA.  G.A.S. hosts multidisciplinary residencies and public programmes with a focus on the arts, design and curatorial practice in one of the most enterprising cities in the world. The residencies will be hosted in an award-winning building in Lekki, designed by Elsie Owusu Architects.  The building, currently nearing completion, houses a multifunctional studio/gallery space with accommodation and shared living space upstairs for up to three artists-in-residence with a ‘barrier-free’ design to ensure access for all users. 

The Residency

The aim of the residency programme is to widen the network and research opportunities for curators and cultural producers based in Germany and in the African continent, providing them with access to the visual cultural scene in the host country and region.

The TURN2 Residencies are research-driven and open to all areas of interest. They don’t require a formal outcome or final project, however participants are required to share their experiences or work-in-progress through discursive activities or events, developed in conversation with the hosts and other project partners.

The selected candidates are offered accommodation on site and access to the shared studio and events space.  G.A.S. can host up to three residencies at any one-time and residents are supported by the on-site team, providing opportunities for residents to network with cultural partners, education providers, fellow practitioners, curators and researchers.  Lagos is known throughout Africa for its fast growing arts scene, its booming music scene and vibrant nightlife. Lagos is the heart of modern urban Africa; it is the city of Fela Kuti where the music genre Afrobeat was invented, it is the epicenter of the thriving film industry known as Nollywood, and is fast becoming a cultural hub for contemporary art, with annual events such as ArtX Lagos art fair, Lagos Biennale, Photo Lagos and Lagos Fashion week.

At the same time, the selected curator/cultural practitioner is expected to be driven, self-sufficient and use their initiative to ensure a successful residency.

The residency is fully funded and comprises:

  • 1st floor Accommodation (self-contained room with own bathroom and desk) with shared lounge, kitchen/diner with two other residents.
  • Assistance with all residency logistics including flights and visa
  • A ground floor shared flexible open plan studio/gallery with moveable walls, additional desks, 3x iMacs, printers, projector, cameras, A/V tech, hanging system, plinths, easels and basic art/drawing materials supplied.
  • Open courtyard that can act as a spill out space for audience and events (basic event furniture, chairs, tables etc for up to 80)
  • Networking opportunities to provide the candidate with an overview of the local art scene and to help facilitate their research during the residency 
  • Regular administrative support for organising curatorial/cultural activities including talks, a conference, an exhibition, or a publication.
  • A monthly scholarship (1.500 Euro), covering of travel expenses, rent and additional costs for research
  • Public presentation of one’s work in progress or research 

Selection and Eligibility 

This call invites emerging contemporary visual arts curators and/or visual culture practitioners with a cross-disciplinary curatorial interest based in Germany. Applicants should have at least a moderate level of spoken English, and should feel comfortable engaging in (public) artistic discussions in English. It is important that all applicants research G.A.S. thoroughly before submitting their application so as to be fully aware of the context which they would, if successful, be entering. 

The selected curator/cultural practitioner should be able to engage discursively and speculatively with G.A.S’s environment and Lagos’ wider artistic and cultural context. With this in mind, applicants should submit a project proposal within their application, outlining their specific research interests and intentions for the residency. Those who fail to submit a considered proposal that is specific to this residency and the Lagos/Nigerian context will be disqualified.

Please note: 

  • The residency offer is subject to the candidate being able to obtain the relevant visa and any other documentation/health screenings required to enter South Africa
  • The residency offer is subject to Covid-19 travel restrictions in Nigeria, and residency dates/travel arrangements may be changed at short notice
  • For an update on the current entry restrictions and quarantine regulations in Germany please visit the website of the Nigerian Immigration Service.   (

Selection Process

Three candidates will be selected by a jury that will meet in May 2021. Successful candidates only will be notified in early June.   

Application Procedure

We accept digital applications only.

Please apply by using the Application Form.

You will be asked to provide the following:

  1. A statement describing your areas of interest and research in general (up to 300 words)
  2. A short plan for your residency. This could include a short description of a research project specific to the context of Nigeria and, if applicable, an indication with whom you wish to conduct your research (up to 800 words). This proposal does not have to be definitive and can change during the course of the residency
  3. A portfolio with images and descriptions of 2 to 3 recent projects (as PDF, max. 12, pages up to 10 MB)

A CV/Resume (as PDF, max. 2 pages, up to 10 MB)

Application Deadline: 05 April 2020

About the partners:

Triangle Network is a global network of artists and visual arts organisations that support professional development and cultural exchange amongst artists, curators and other arts professionals through residencies, workshops, training and knowledge sharing.

The Center for Art and Urbanistics (ZK/U) is a place of art production, an artists' and researchers' residence and a programme platform in Berlin that combines local creation with global discourses. The ZK/U Berlin investigates existing forms of knowledge and practices in urban spaces as a springboard for the self-determination of the individual and the community

The ZK/U Berlin promotes the development of resilient and integrative networks that do justice to the complexities of urban life in the 21st century.

The Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) promotes art and culture within the scope of federal competence. One of its main priorities is to support innovative programmes and projects on an international level. The Foundation focuses on cultural exchange and cross-border cooperation by initiating projects of its own and funding project proposals in all areas of the arts with no stipulations as to theme or subject. The German Federal Cultural Foundation is financed by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media by resolution of the German Bundestag.

Guest Artists Space (G.A.S.) Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to facilitating international artistic and cultural exchange and developing creative practices through artist residencies, public programmes and international collaborations. Based on an idea Shonibare began developing back in 2011, G.A.S. was established in 2019 and launched under the Yinka Shonibare Foundation (a UK registered charity).

Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute (NCAI) is a non-profit visual art space dedicated to the growth and preservation of contemporary art in East Africa.

The Bag Factory is a non-profit contemporary visual art organisation providing studio space to a cross-generational community of Johannesburg based artists, and hosting international artist residencies, the David Koloane Award and Cassirer Welz Award. Bag Factory regularly curates exhibitions and a public programme With a pioneering 30-year history, Bag Factory provides a fertile international environment for experimentation, innovation and cultural dialogue between creatives in South Africa and the rest of the world

The TURN2 Residencies are a joint project of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation), the ZK/U – Center for Arts and Urbanistics and the Triangle Network. In collaboration with the Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute (NCAI), the G.A.S. Foundation in Lagos and the Bag Factory in Johannesburg.

Funded by the TURN2 programme of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation). Funded by the Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media).

For more information on the OPEN CALL and to apply for a residency in Lagos at G.A.S. please click here.

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