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Black Rock Senegal

Open until August 31, 2020, 11:59pm gmt


Black Rock Senegal came out of a direct need to engage Africa in a much more personal way. I discovered Dakar on a layover in 1997, back when Air Afrique was the sole provider of flights from the west to Nigeria. It was my first visit to Africa and I was immediately enraptured by Senegalese language, food, art, culture, and tradition.

After years of exploring the continent’s many cultures and countries I had a personal desire to create a workspace in West Africa. As an Artist who works in the west I desired a space of renewal to explore new ideas and to create work outside of a western context—to create work within the context of my own lineage. Black Rock stands as the direct answer to my desire to have an uncontested relationship with Africa, the filling in of a large void that I share with many African Americans. With this project I wanted to explore my own personal relationship with Africa while inviting artists to do the same and to galvanize the growing artistic and creative energies that exist in Africa in an increasing measure with the addition of diverse, international, creative possibility.

– Kehinde Wiley, 2019


Named for the volcanic rocks that blanket its shoreline, Black Rock is a multidisciplinary artist-in-residence program founded by renowned artist Kehinde Wiley in 2019. The residency brings together international artists to live and work in Dakar, Senegal for 1-3 month stays. The Black Rock compound design was conceived by Senegalese architect Abib Djenne with interior collaboration between Wiley, Fatiya Djenne, and Aissa Dione. The complex includes a residence and studio space for Wiley along with three single-occupancy residency apartments with adjacent studio spaces. Our mission is to support new artistic creation through collaborative exchange and to incite change in the global discourse about what Africa means today.


In light of circumstances related to COVID-19, we anticipate welcoming our Year 2 class of residents in Autumn 2020, however further information will be made available as we know more about international travel and health recommendations. We look forward to welcoming a new class of residents when it is safe to do so.


The application cycle for Black Rock Senegal 2020-2021 will be open until August 31, 2020.


To access application, click here.


If you have any trouble accessing the application, you can also find it here: https://blackrocksenegal.submittable.com/submit/


Interested applicants should submit all required materials via the online application form found on this website. Please note that applications that do not follow the guidelines will not be accepted. Applications will only be accepted if submitted electronically through the application form.


For any questions about the application process, please contact: apply@blackrocksenegal.org


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