Goethe-Institut opens call for 2020 Henrike Grohs Art Award


The Henrike Grohs Art Award is a roving biennial art prize conceived by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family in memory of the former Head of Goethe-Institut in Abidjan, Henrike Grohs.

Henrike Grohs Art Award logoApplications to the 2nd Henrike Grohs Art Award will open 15 October and close 15 November 2019, with the prize being awarded at a ceremony in conjunction with Dak’Art – Biennial of Contemporary African Art in May 2020. The prize is awarded biennially to an artist or arts collective living and working on the African continent, and practising in the field of visual arts.

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The main prize is awarded by an international jury after a shortlist is compiled by a selection committee. The winning individual artist or collective will receive a cash prize of 20.000€ and a publication produced to the value of 10.000€ on their work. Two artists or collectives will be selected as runners up and will receive a cash prize of 5.000€ each.
The award aims to support emerging artists in their careers, responding to the challenges of practising on the African continent. Artistic quality is the most important criteria for the award.

Em'kal Eyongakpa winner of the inaugural Henrike Grohs Award
Em’kal Eyongakpa winner of the inaugural Henrike Grohs Award

Cameroonian intermedia artist Em’kal Eyongakpa was the recipient of the inaugural award in 2018 with the international jury of Koyo Kouoh (Artistic Director, RAW Material Company, Dakar), Laurence Bonvin (artist and representative of the Grohs family, Berlin), Raphael Chikukwa (Chief Curator, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare) and Simon Njami (Curator, Paris).

Online applications will open on 15 October 2019 at www.henrikegrohsartaward.africa. All applications must be made via the online entry form.

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