Call now open for UJ Artists in Residence Programme 2024

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is pleased to announce that its highly regarded Artists in Residence (AIR) Programme is now accepting applications for 2024. The initiative offers a unique opportunity for artists to embark on innovative practice-led research, showcase their work, and contribute to the vibrant artistic community at the institution.  

Since inception of the programme two years ago, sixteen artists have been selected to work on a range of exciting projects, including several bio-art projects, music compositions, novellas, documentaries, and theatre productions. The first cohort includes Brenton Maart, Mbuso Ndlovu, Mai Al Shazly, Jaun Orantia, Yazeed Kamaldien, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Sonya Rademeyer, Kagiso Kekana, and Jamil Khan and the second, Carol-Ann Davids, Pieter Bezuidenhout, Mike Van Graan, Lucy Strauss, Dean Hutton, Shane Cooper, and Sabelo Mthembu. 

The UJ Artists in Residence Programme welcomes applications from emerging and established artists, from across the globe, but preferably with a link to Africa. Applications for both physical and remote residencies are possible. Only proposals for projects that can be completed within a 12-month period and that fall within the following disciplines will be eligible: 

Eligible candidates will not have affiliations with other tertiary institutions in South Africa. The Artists in Residence Programme requires artists to complete at least one creative output project within a 12-month period that meets the Department of Higher Education’s requirements for creative output. For more information on creative submissions, CLICK HERE.

Successful applicants will be offered a 12-month residency and a monthly stipend of R10,000 (subject to statutory deductions) will be made available. The Programme is designed as a stimulus effort and no additional project/seed funding will be made available through the programme.

The closing date for applications is 17:00 on 31 August 2023. 


For inquiries, contact Jermain Johnson via email at 


UJ Arts & Culture 

UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA), produces and presents world-class student and professional arts programmes aligned to the UJ vision of an international university of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future. A robust range of arts platforms are offered on all four UJ campuses for students, staff, alumni, and the general public to experience and engage with emerging and established Pan-African and international artists drawn from the full spectrum of the arts.  

In addition to UJ Arts & Culture, FADA ( offers programmes in eight creative disciplines, in Art, Design and Architecture, as well as playing home to the NRF SARChI Chair in South African Art & Visual Culture, and the Visual Identities in Art & Design Research Centre. The faculty has a strong focus on sustainability and relevance, and engages actively with the dynamism, creativity and diversity of Johannesburg in imagining new approaches to art and design education.