Open Call

NOW open studio in partnership with House of Friends, Kenya presents an artist residency opportunity in Nairobi, Kenya; Africa launched in 2019.

NOW open studio

No Funding
Nairobi, Kenya


Any adult visual artist can submit an application. Media/Genre: Open to visual artists working in any traditional and non-traditional genre and media. (2 or 3D)

Number of Participants



Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


October 05, 2020 - October 18, 2020


  • $28.00 application fee


Gallery, Individual Studio, Shared Studio




No meals

Public Programs

Community Engagement


Visual Arts



Program Description

“NOW•FRIENDS ; Artist Residency, Kenya” will give artists the opportunity to immerse themselves in real communities and obtain authentic experiences. During the 2 week residency artists are encouraged to step out of what they would typically consider their “work”. We want you to step back and take a look at how you perceive making art. While in Residency artists can take the opportunity to work with community members to work on a collaborative project; such as an artist book, or visit other artists working in Kenya to better understand a new perspective. Artist are encouraged to work with materials sourced in their surroundings to expanded their ideas of media. We hope at the completion of the residency artists will walk away with meeting new friends and a new project. This can be a single work made in a collaboration or a small series of works influenced by their time in Kenya.

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