The prize was established in memory of the late Henrike Grohs, a passionate advocate for contemporary art in Africa, with the goal of fostering great artistic practices and encouraging cultural exchange on the African continent. The prize has established itself as a superb chance to support remarkable African contemporary art practice since its launch in 2018. Applicants must be contemporary visual artists from a variety of disciplines who reside and work on the African continent.
The Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family created the biennial Henrike Grohs Art Award in honor of Henrike Grohs, the former director of the Goethe-Institut in Abidjan.
The prize is run through an open call process and is aimed at young artists who live and work on the African continent. It is awarded biennially to an artist or arts collective practicing in the field of visual arts. The award aims to support emerging artists in their careers, responding to the challenges of practicing on the African continent. Artistic quality is the most important criteria for the award.
- Applicants have to be emerging visual artists living and working on the African continent.
- Artists should have been practicing for at least 5years, with the ability to display a coherent body of work.
- Each applicant may apply only once during the current application process;
- A collective of artists should apply as one participant, but any artist who belongs to a group is not barred from applying individually as a separate participant
- The winning individual artist or collective will receive a cash prize of 20.000€ and 10.000€ towards the production of a publication on their work.
- Two artists or collectives will be selected as runners up and will be awarded a cash prize of 5.000€ each.