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Social-Practice Residencies :: Artellewa


Artellewa | Cairo, Egypt

The Organization

Artellewa creates a space for the formation and activation of dialogue between artists and society. Its programming includes artist projects, workshops for community members and emerging artists, exhibitions, an artist-in-residence program, and special projects that enrich the civic and cultural life in Ard El Lewa and use art to improve the urban environment.

The Community

Artellewa is located in Ard El Lewa, a densely populated informal area located between two of Cairo’s formal areas, Imbiba and Boulak El Dakrour.

The Residency Program

Artellewa offers residencies for foreign and Egyptian artists to live and work in Ard El Lewa for up to three months. During the residency, artists engage with the local community, research and produce artworks, present their work, and build networks within the Cairo arts community. There are two artists in-residence at a time and residencies last one-to-three months.

Artellewa aims to create a space for reflection during this time of transition; a space for the rejuvenation of ideas and progressive thought that connect Ard El Lewa and its inhabitants with the broader culture of the city and the world through art; and a unique opportunity for Egyptian and foreign artists to interact and experiment with the local community and environment.

Themes, Issues and Disciplines
This residency program is mainly directed at visual artists and curators worldwide in the field of contemporary art whose work is connected to concepts and issues of social relations, interactivity, community-building, public space, and/or urban development. While the main focus is on Visual Arts, artists and curators from other disciplines are welcome to apply as well.

Project Planning
Artists describe a project they would like to work on when they apply, but Artellewa expects plans to evolve once the artist has arrived. The organization regularly connects artists-in-residence with local youth and art students and has a track-record of organizing workshops, exhibitions, and other programs that engage the public.

Support Provided
Residents receive housing, a work space, and access to Artellewa’s library and common spaces. Artellewa asks artists to contribute 250-400 € per month of residency.

Selection Process & Criteria
Artellewa has an open application process. Applicants are asked why they’d like to come to Artellewa and what project they might work on during their stay.

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