The GUILD Residency is an international studio programme open to artists and designers from around the world who want to engage with an African context. Established in 2022, it includes the use of a 350 sqm work-living space in the heart of Cape Town’s CBD offering the resident artist an opportunity to explore the motivations, conversations and inspirations that come from being in a new environment with fresh stimulus and exchange.
Rather than a structured programme, the GUILD Residency is largely self-directed and can be adapted to each artist’s practice and their specific needs. It is ideal for those artists who seek a focussed and private environment with few distractions. It is thus important to be self-motivated and to be able to work independently.
Artists-in-residence are invited to develop and implement a project over a fixed period of time with the opportunity to work towards a solo presentation in the gallery or international fair.
- Self-motivated research and development of the artist’s practice, removed from everyday stressors and interferences.
- Rigorous conceptual discussions about the artist’s work and practice with the curatorial team.
- A tailored programme proposed by the artist to suit their needs and interests, including specific classes or instruction from external, professional facilitators if desired.
- Networking with local artisans, craftsmen, thinkers and suppliers through Southern Guild’s extensive network.
- Technical guidance and production assistance to help realise ambitious projects.
- Opportunity to host an open studio to engage the public at the conclusion of the residency.
The GUILD Residency is a 350 sqm immersive living and working space located on Loop
Street in Cape Town’s CBD. The open-plan space offers an expansive studio and an
adjoining living area and open-plan kitchen, with three separate bedrooms and two
bathrooms. Accessed via elevator from the street, the residency apartment occupies the
third floor of a secure, four-storey building.
The space is comfortably appointed with an eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary
furniture and artworks by celebrated South African artists and designers. Ideally located in
the hub of the city, the space is within walking distance from vibrant Kloof Street and just a
short drive away from the V&A Waterfront (where Southern Guild’s gallery is located), the
district of Woodstock and Cape Town’s many beaches.
- The programme is open to both emerging and established artists working in most mediums, including installation, painting, drawing, photography, digital media, printmaking, sculpture, design and craft-based disciplines.
- The primary focus remains artists on the African continent, but international applicants wanting to collaborate with local artisans and designers are also welcome.
- Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to artistic excellence as well as an interest in experimentation and innovative ideas.
- Curators, cultural researchers, performing artists and other creators in need of a space to brainstorm, research and generate ideas are also welcome to apply.
- The length of each residency is project-dependent, but normally ranges from 3 weeks to 2 months.
- In addition to accommodation, Southern Guild will consider covering the costs of local flights, agreed-upon production materials, and any required logistical and technical assistance.
- Artists are welcome to apply to bring their families or studio assistants with them.
Interested applicants are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org
All applications must include
- An artist CV
- Photographs of selected works
- A written overview detailing the nature of their practice
- A brief proposal stipulating what the artist intends to work on during the residency