Art in the Diaspora

Black Rock Senegal Opens Residency Application

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November 15, 2023 – January 15, 2024

Black Rock Senegal residency program opens application for artists. Image courtesy of Black Rock Senegal.

Black Rock Senegal is a multidisciplinary artist-in-residence program founded by renowned artist Kehinde Wiley in 2019. Named for the volcanic rocks that blanket its shoreline, the residency brings together international artists to live and work on the northwest coast of Dakar, Senegal, for 1–3 month stays. Our mission is to support new artistic creation through collaborative exchange and to incite change in the global discourse about Africa.

How to Enter

Black Rock Senegal holds an open call for applications once a year and is open to any applicant over the age of 18. All applicants must submit their application via this portal and include a cover letter, CV, and a portfolio of their work (including images and descriptions).

The portfolio requirements are dependent on the category you are applying under: Painting, Photography, Textile, Film, Sound/Performance, Mixed Media, and Sculpture. You will be asked to upload “Projects,” each with a certain amount of images or files allowed. All projects must be submitted under the same category. Each “Project” should be viewed as a grouping of files, either as artworks in a single series or multiple detailed images of a single artwork. Please note, each individual “Project” will require a tile, year of creation and project description. Each individual image/file you upload within each “Project” will require an image title, year of creation, medium, and image description.

What Residents Receive

Residents are provided room, board, and individual studios, as well as access to a number of shared spaces such as the library, gym, sauna, swimming pool and gardens. Residents are provided with a local staff to assist in navigating Dakar and a language tutor to assist with English, French, and Wolof– the three primary languages of the program. Residents are also provided a stipend to be used to purchase supplies and attend cultural activities while in residency.


The open call for applications for the 2024-2025 cycle of Black Rock Senegal will be open from November 15, 2023 at 12:00 PM (EST) until January 15, 2024. All applications must be submitted before 11:59 PM (EST) on January 15, 2024.

For any additional questions about the application process, please contact: Please note that any application materials sent to this email address will not be accepted.



Bardi Osobuanomola Catherine is a budding storyteller. Her academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Benin. She has contributed to numerous Art publications across Africa. She is currently a Writer for Art News Africa.

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