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Applications are now open for grants that will support artists deliver new works, thanks to Africa Prime that provides artists with international platform to showcase their work.
The Africa Prime Initiative (API), the philanthropic arm of US-based video streaming platform Africa Prime, has joined forces with Namibia’s StArt Art Gallery to launch its first-ever grants for African artists.
Five Namibian artists will be awarded up to US$2 000 each to pursue projects across the spectrum of visual arts.
Africa Prime’s mission is to give a voice to African talent and help authentic African voices take control of the continent’s international narrative. The grants will help artists to develop their skills and create new works of art that will be featured in new video programming for Africa Prime’s streaming service in North America.
Dr Yaya Moussa, founder of Africa Prime, said that their mission is to give emerging African talent global visibility and ensure authentic African voices are well represented on the world stage. “We want to help break down financial barriers that prevent African artists from realising their creative visions and show the world the significant contribution African art can make.”
StArt Art Gallery, an independent gallery in Windhoek, will gather submissions, support API, assess the merits of each application and disburse the awarded funds.
Gina Figueira, the gallery’s co-founder said that grants like this are an incredible way to support the arts as they offer an opportunity to create without any particular restrictions or specifications. “Artists are able to fully express themselves and share their stories with the assistance of this grant, which is borne out of an understanding of how important it is to encourage and highlight the voices of artists on the continent.”
The grants in Namibia will be the first disbursed by API with projects in multiple other African countries to be announced in due course.
To find out more about the grants and the application process, visit @startartgallery on Instagram and Facebook, or email [email protected]