We collaborated with Okere City to offer 5 young artists an opportunity to be fully immersed in Okere for a two-week residency. The artists were able to participate in the activities of Okere City which spanned health care and educational service operations, sports and cultural activities, leadership and political advancement projects, and business development support service, among others. Moreover, the artists were also be linked to the local council units other and clan/cultural organs within the community. These immersions gave the artists 360 degrees view of what artistic projects they were able to create either individually or together with the community. Among others, these outputs ultimately facilitated public discourse on civic engagement; inspired community members to become a more active citizenry; inspired local leaders to become more accountable and valuable; and enhanced the participation of ordinary citizens in democratic processes.
ACE Residency program targeted young artists seeking the time and mental space to investigate new ideas and deepen existing artistic inquiries to widen civic participation and engagement. Our understanding of art is wide. We welcome writers, thinkers, and curators, and are considering anyone with a deep interest and already well-developed skills in visual arts, writing, culinary arts, composers, musicians, scholars, filmmakers, architects, and more.
Studio / Workspace
Available resources: community hall, library, football pitch, volleyball pitch, netball court, kitchen, gardens, office space, forest.
Fees and support: All accommodation and food expenses were fully catered for. A small stipend was also be provided for the period of the residency.