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The 2016 Artists In Residency shortlist has been announced, and there are six writers on the list, three of whom are Zimbabweans. 2013 Miles Morland scholar Percy Zvomuya made the cut, as did Africa39 writer Novuyo Tshuma whose Shadows received the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize. There is also Kiprop Kimutai whose The Water Spirits placed third in the 2013 Kwani? Manuscript contest.

The Artist in Residency (AIR) was established in 2011 as a response to the challenges faced by African artists. Managed by African Center, the program runs a partnership that funds the placement of selected candidates in various residency programs all over the worlds.

This year, 26 artists in literature, visual arts, performing arts and music, film, and curatorial practice have been shortlisted.

Here are the chosen 26.

Literature:

  • Novuyo Tshuma – Zimbabwe
  • Percy Zvomuya -Zimbabwe
  • Amira Hanafi- Egypt
  • Joyce Jenje Makwenda – Zimbabwe
  • Kiprop Kimutai – Kenya
  • Zinaid Meeran – South Africa

Visual Arts:

  • Abe Gillian Stacey – Uganda
  • Barbara Wildenboer – South Africa
  • Chibuike Uzoma – Nigeria
  • Danielle Myburg – South Africa
  • James Webb – South Africa
  • Keli Maksud -Kenya
  • Gladys Kalichini – Zambia
  • Hassan Essop – South Africa
  • Mina Nasr – Egypt
  • Mongezi Ncaphayi -South Africa
  • Sethembile Msezane – South Africa
  • Temitayo Ogunbiyi – Nigeria

Performing Arts & Music

  • Cara Stacey – South Africa
  • Catherine Nakawesa – Uganda
  • Gideon Mbothwe – South Africa
  • Jacob Sakaria – Namibia
  • Qudus Onikeku – Nigeria

Film:

  • Beza Lemma – Ethiopia
  • Bolatito Aderemi Ibitola – Nigeria

Curatorial Practice:

  • Nazneen Saldulker – South Africa

 

Read the full announcement HERE.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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