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Inlaks X Centre for Indian Studies in Africa

Nirox Residency

NIROX Foundation and the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, in collaboration with the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand, are pleased to announce the open call to support an Indian artist at NIROX’s residency in South Africa, from 14 October – 1 December 2024. Interested and eligible artists are encouraged to apply.

Applications open. Close on 7th July 2024 


The  Residency will take place , between 14th October 2024 – 1 December 2024.


The residency is open to emerging and mid-career Indian artists, born on and after 1st January 1989, resident in India.

Contemporary visual artists working in all disciplines may apply.

Applicants should submit an  application  with a  project proposal outlining their interests and intentions for the residency.

Proficient in English.


Applicants are expected to submit:

  • A written proposal of 250 – 400 words, outlining your interests and intentions for the residency, and how this fits into your research / work as a whole. The proposal can be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format;
  • A CV detailing recent projects, exhibitions, workshops and residencies;
  • At least 10 high-quality images of your previous projects or exhibitions, which could include unrealised proposals and / or preparatory illustrations of the proposed work.

Please submit only electronic copies of the above documents to the following email address:  by no later than 7th July 2024.


The Nirox Foundation is an independent Non-Profit Trust, established and run for the benefit of the arts. It is committed to the global contemporary arts through its sculpture park, artist residency, workshops and outdoor concert venues. It is located within an extensive private nature reserve in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, 45 minutes from the centres of Johannesburg and Tshwane.

NIROX provides a comfortable, enabling, stimulating environment – for residents to research, imagine, experience and produce diverse ideas and works, to grow personal and creative practice. Their approach is fluid. There is no prescribed thesis, agenda, or outcome. Given their location in the heart of The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, projects often develop with a site-specific focus, reflecting on humanity’s relation to one another, the universe, nature, and the meaning of time. These inform the residency without limiting its canvas or the scope of work that artist’s wish to pursue.

Without impeding privacy, artistic integrity or productivity, the residency promotes and enables resident artists to:

  • Engage with diverse local artists, communities, educational facilities and the unique physical environment;
  • Be introduced to institutions, individuals, and places of interest.
  • Interact with other resident and visiting artists, events, guests, and service providers.
  • Develop their practice through exhibitions, performances, studio visits, interviews, texts and other means.
  • Participate in the production and dissemination of social and other related media, including podcasts and photographic / film productions that arise naturally from the residency and ensuing encounters.


There is no fixed work imperative. Residents are encouraged to interact with each other, local arts and other communities; to collaborate and create compelling experiences. In particular we press residents to experience and contribute to the extraordinary work of the Columba Leadership Academy whose residency is hosted in the park, instilling values, hope and inspiration to leading youths from the most under-served communities of South Africa.

Residents are required to leave an artwork, of their own selection, for the NIROX Foundation’s archival collection.

For more information on the Nirox Residency, visit the website.