Arterial Network March Newsletter

Arterial Network is a dynamic, pan-African civil society network of artists, activists, organisations and institutions engaged in the African creative and cultural sectors. Operating across 90% of Africa, Arterial Network is actively engaged in strengthening the creative sectors and utilising arts and culture to contribute towards sustainable development.

Welcome to the March edition of our monthly newsletter…

List of contents:

  1. What’s new at Arterial Network?
  2. Artists Rights and Advocacy
  3. Opportunities: Training/Jobs/Funding
  4. Resource Centre

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What’s new at Arterial Network? 

Arterial Network Secretariat: office relocation

Please note that the Secretariat of Arterial Network has changed location. We are now based at Harrington House, 37 Barrack Street, Cape Town, 8001. Our temporary phone number is  078 274 3126. From 3 April onwards we will be available at 021 461 2023.

African Creative Economy Conference 2014: call for volunteers continued and logo announced!

Arterial Network’s 4th African Creative Economy Conference (ACEC2014), organized in partnership with the association Racines/ Arterial Network Morocco, will take place from the 13-15 November 2014 in the city of Rabat at the National Library. (read more)

Artwatch Africa: project takes news strides 

The first planning meeting of Artwatch Africa project ran from 11-12 March 2014 in Johannesburg with the Swedish Human Rights Foundation, Mimeta, the Goethe Institute and Arterial Network. This was a timely opportunity to discuss approaches to freedom of creative expression in Africa and the training modules which will be held in five regions of the continent. (read more)

Artwatch Africa: call for researchers (Position Paper)

Arterial Network requests the submission of abstracts for the development of a research paper that will inform Arterial Network’s position on freedom of artistic and/or cultural expression on the African continent. The objective is twofold: it will serve as the guiding document of the scope of work for Artwatch Africa and represent the official position of Arterial Network on the issue of artistic and/or cultural Human Rights. Submit before 7 April. (read more) 

Arterial Network new website: call for photos and multimedia files 

Arterial Network is busy designing a new website and is calling on all of its members and chapters to help build its photo and multimedia gallery! (read more)

Arterial Network Kenya: vacancy for National Coordinator position

Arterial Network Kenya (ANK) is an arts-based organisation, founded in 2010. Its mission is to serve as the unifying voice of the arts and culture sector in Kenya. It is currently looking to hire a National Coordinator. Apply before 10 April. (read more)

Artists Rights and Advocacy

Lapiro de Mbanga: death of a musical freedom fighter 

Lapiro de Mbanga was a Cameroonian musical genius and an activist who articulated the daily injustices he witnessed in his songs, and was punished hard for his right to express them. He passed away on the 16 March 2014. (read more)

Opportunities: Training/Jobs/Funding

 International Fund for the Promotion of Culture 2014: call for projects

Proposals are now being accepted for the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC).The call is open to public bodies with specific responsibility for the promotion of culture and artistic creation, non-profit private bodies whose objectives contribute to the promotion of culture and artistic creation, artists and creators. Apply before 30 May. (read more)

Cultural Leadership Training (Morocco): call for applications

Registrations are now open for suitable candidates to participate in the second round of regional Cultural Leadership training presented by the African Arts Institute (AFAI) in North Africa. It will take place in Casablanca from 9 to 13 June 2014. Applicants from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania and Libya are encouraged to apply. (read more)

Kampala Art Biennale 2014: call for submissions 

The first Kampala Art Biennale 2014 is themed "Progressive Africa", derived from the current discourse that Africa’s economic growth and development is booming. It is calling on African painters, photographers, illustrators, video artists, cartoonists, writers and 2D media artists to present their perception of the current status of Africa. (read more)

IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Award in the Arts: call for nominations

The Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider Scholar Rescue Award in the Arts is designed for artists suffering human rights violations in their home countries.  It provides for up to ten $25,000 fellowships for temporary refuge at universities and art institutes, enabling artists and scholars to pursue their work in safety and to share their talent and knowledge with students, colleagues, and the surrounding community. (read more)

Imagining Inequality, Your Voices on Women’s Human Rights: call for projects

The International Museum of Women is launching an online exhibition which will explore our collective perspectives on women’s rights and the hopes for the future. They are accepting submissions of any media type for this global online project. Artists, filmmakers, photographers, musicians and writers can send their work before 30 April. (read more)

Kala Fellowship Award 2014-2015: call for applications

The Kala Fellowship award is an international competition open to artists from the U.S. and around the world. Artists producing innovative work in all mediums including printmaking, digital media, installation art, social practice, photography and book arts are encouraged to apply. Fellowship Awards are given based on conceptual creativity, originality, artistic excellence as well as technical knowledge. Apply before 4 April. (read more)

Sound Development City: call for artists 

Sound Development City enables a close exchange between artists of various backgrounds. In the course of summer expeditions to different cities, selected artists from the areas of music, performance and other cultural fields, experience and revive urban spaces. This year the expeditions will be from Riga to Helsinki. Apply before 25 April. (read more)

Capacete Rio de Janeiro Research in Arts and Critical Thought: call for applications

CAPACETE is a new one-year program in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for up to 12 international participants dedicated to research and practice in the arts and critical thought. Apply before 31 April. (read more)

Social Africa “building bridges through ICT”: call for photos 

The eLearning "Through your Lens" Photo Competition is back for its fifth edition. Under the theme of “Social Africa: building bridges through ICT”, budding photographers are invited to submit snapshots depicting how ICT is enhancing the way individuals and communities in Africa learn, cooperate and connect. Apply before 14 April. (read more)

CREARE School of Cultural Economics: call for applications

Join the 6th consecutive edition of the International Summer School in Cultural Economics in Amsterdam from August 19 to 23 2014. The program on “Value of Culture: the relationship between Economics, Culture & Art” teaches participants the functioning of cultural institutions, the creative industries, creativity, cultural policy and the new economy. Before 21 July. (read more)

Visas for Music 12-15 November 2014 (Rabat, Morocco): call for artists

Visas for Music, the first professional music market for Africa and the Middle-East, is going to be held for its premiere in parallel to the African Creative Economy Conference 2014 (12-15 November) in Morocco. Visa For Music will gather professionals of the music industry and will be punctuated by a showcase for new talents and booming artists. Twenty-four artists will be selected to perform, with possibilities of development assistance and helps. Interested artists can apply before 15 May. (read more)

Rising Voices Micro grants: call for applications

Rising Voices supports people in sharing knowledge and skills about citizen media for digital storytelling and citizen participation. Since 2007, they have supported 40 small-scale citizen media projects with funding and mentoring and welcomed them to the Global Voices community. Apply before 9 April. (read more)

40th STPA Conference: call for papers

For its 40th anniversary, the Social Theory, Politics and the Arts Conference will be hosted at the School of Political Studies of the University of Ottawa (9-11 October 2014).The proposed theme of this year’s conference is “Creative nexus: understanding and strengthening the relationship between cultural research and practice.” Send your proposals before 5 May. (read more)

International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP): open call for artists from Middle East and North Africa

Edge of Arabia and Art Jameelare calling on artists currently living and working full time in the Middle East and North Africa to submit applications. One or two artists will be selected to undertake a three- to six-month residency at ISCP (New York) between July 1 and December 31 2014. (read more)

Playwright residency (Togo): call for applications

The cultural association KadamKadam, with the help of the European Union and ACP Cultural+, will be hosting a writing residency as part of its “Tour Art’Mattend” in May 2014 in Togoville. African and Caribbean playwrights are invited to apply before 10 April. (read more)

1st MUGRAN Foto Academy 2014: call for applications 

The MUGRAN Foto Academy will be a ten-day international photography workshop  for young professionals in Khartoum coming from North and East Africa organized by the Sudanese Photographers Group and the Goethe-Institut Sudan. A special focus will be put on the narrative and storytelling. All costs covered. Applicants from Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia,Libya, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda are encouraged to apply before 10 April. (read more)

3rd Film Festival Ciné à Dos (Mali) Poster Competition: call for artists

The Film festival of Sikasso (27-28 June 2014), Ciné à Dos, is calling on visual artists to design its new poster. Artists are asked to replicate the current poster and come up with a new one for 2014.  Portfolios need to be sent before the 30th of April.(read more)

New Directions in Arts & Cultural Management course: call for applications 

Offered by King’s College in London, the course runs from 30 June to 4 July 2014 and will be led by the recognised Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries. It is a new opportunity for professionals in the world of arts, heritage and culture to critically think and discuss future directions and trajectories in their field. (read more)

Walking the Tight Rope:call for Submissions in Prose and Photographs

This new African LGBTI Anthology is expanding its focus to include prose, short fiction and short (creative) lyric essays as well as photography. They encourage writers who identify as gay, lesbian, queer, bisexual, or transgender, living in Africa and first or second generation Africans living in the Diaspora to send their best work for consideration. The deadline is 15 April. (read more)

The Raghurajpur International Art/Culture exchange: call for applications

This is a rare opportunity for contemporary, conceptual and craft artists to live, learn, and exchange ideas and skills with the master craftspeople of Orissa, India. During the 5-week exchange, artists from around the world share the lifestyle of 200 artisan families in this rural village while studying with master craftsmen. Apply before 30 April. (read more)

First World Summit of Community Arts Center and their Networks: call for registrations 

Held in Bulgaria, 24-27 September this year under the Official Patronage of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, this event will bring networks of community cultural centers from about 50 countries for an exciting and informative conference. (read more)

Nile Project job opening: Regional Manager (Sudan, Egypt and South Sudan) 

The Nile Project was founded in 2011 to address the Nile Basin’s cultural and environmental challenges. Using music, education, and innovation programs, the Nile Project inspires, informs, and empowers individuals to work together to foster the sustainability of their ecosystem. The Regional Manager position is responsible for the Nile Project’s outreach in Egypt, Sudan, and South Sudan. (read more)

UNESCO Creative Cities Network Programme job opening: Programme Specialist

The purpose of this post is to ensure the management and development of the Creative Cities Network Programme. The incumbent will be responsible for the management, the development as well as the implementation of activities undertaken by the Creative Cities Network Programme. Apply before 7 April. (read more)

Better Living Challenge (World Design Capital-South Africa): call for projects 

The World Design Capital project is looking for great home improvement solutions for low-income living in the categories. The best 3 ideas stand to win a support award to the value of R500k each; and 3 student cash prizes of R40,000 each. Participants can apply from anywhere in the world. Submit before the 31 May. (read more)

6th International Documentary Film Festival of Agadir: call for films

On the occasion of the 6th International Documentary Film Festival in Agadir, which runs from 28 April to 4 May 2014, the Association of Culture and Education through Audiovisual (ACEA) is organizing an exchange space designed to identify and support new Moroccan filmmakers. (read more)

Dory Park Dance Company: call for dancers and artists 

The international Dance and Theatre companies Constanza Macras and Dorkypark are looking for performers and musicians of all ages for an exchange project between South Africa and Germany on gender, post-colonialism and tradition. The auditions will take place in Johannesburg 4-5 May. (read more)

Resource Centre

This is Africa: new website launched!

This Is Africa has launched its new website to fulfil its potential as an African media company that chronicles, analyses and discusses the changing relationship of Africans and Africa with the world, campaigns for the full ownership of Africa by Africans, and identifies and supports the phenomenon of Africans determining the future of the continent. (read more)

Redact This! An Interactive eBook and Campaign About Art Against Torture 

Redact This! Artists Against Torture is an eBook response to acts of torture with work by Richard Serra, Jenny Holzer, Fernando Botero and many others. By elevating the subject of torture to the realm of fine art, the reader is invited not to simply consume the images, but to contemplate them. The editors are currently accepting donations to make the project live. (read more)

Recommendation to the Egyptian Government on freedom of expression 

Egypt should abolish prior censorship and allow artists to organise freely. These are two of the recommendations made by Freemuse and AFTE to the Egyptian government in a joint Universal Periodic Review (UPR) submitted for the first time to the United Nations. (read more)

Value of Arts in Society by the British Arts Council 

The Arts Council just published a fantastic report on the value of arts and culture to people and society. It is an evidence review which gathers information that shows where the impact of arts and culture work is felt, whilst also identifying any gaps to help shape future research commissions. (read more)

Strategic tips from the Awesome Foundation – Round 2 deadline on Friday

Awesome Foundation – February grant open!
Applications due this Friday, 14 February (midnight)

For those that applied or are planning to apply, here are some of the reasons that made us choose the Dandora Green Mtaas project in our first month. Hopefully it will help you in structuring your application and presentation…

– This was a project about someone doing something to help other people, rather than for their own benefit (e.g starting a business)

– This group was tackling a problem for which there is a strong need for a solution. Dandora (and Nairobi in general) is becoming dirty, dusty, dilapidated and crime ridden; their project addresses this.

– The group had already done so much work on their own and only needed assistance to take them to the next level. Their passion and commitment was quite evident.

– If successful, the project will positively impact the lives of so many people

– There is clear ownership of the project by the local community which would make it sustainable and also the involvement of local leaders and even local authorities

– The project can serve as a model which can be repeated in so many other parts of Nairobi (and Kenya)

– They had a clear plan on how they plan to use the money they won. Also importantly, the benefits resulting from use of the grant money would be visible in a few weeks, rather than several months down the road

– The presentation at the interview was excellent. It was full of confidence, they understood their project and were able to answer questions clearly and even used photos to help us visualize what they are doing

So there you go – our first ever grant goes to a truly
awesome group. We hope this money will give them a boost to proceed to the next level and we hope to work with them to secure even greater support. We will keep you all posted on how this is going. Please also visit and like our Facebook page: and on Twitter @AwesomeNBO

Keep it awesome!!