2023 German Embassy Pretoria/LIA-Leipzig International Art Programme for Artists from Eswatini, Lesotho and South Africa

Deadline: June 15, 2023.

The German Embassy Pretoria and LIA-Leipzig International Art Programme would like to invite artists from Eswatini, Lesotho and South Africa to apply for a three months residency exchange in Leipzig Germany.

The Leipzig International Art Programme (LIA) is an international artist in residency programme located at the Spinnerei Leipzig (www.spinnerei.de), a former cotton mill and now cultural hub. LIA focuses on being a place for experiment and learning within a strong local artist community and a city rich of traditions. Local and international artists have an impact on each other while exchanging cultural experiences they are shifting the gaze. The founder of LIA, Anna-Louise Rolland, states, “at LIA, we believe that moving outside of our comfort zone leads to new perspectives opening up. International visual artists working together with professional musicians, public space and institutions like museums fits perfectly into this philosophy and this type of collaboration leads to new approaches being developed and new kinds of artistic exchanges taking place”.


  1. Application open to artists from Eswatini, Lesotho & South Africa.
  2. Please note the artist must speak comprehensible English


  1. free accommodation in an 83 square meter furnished studio incl. curated group show in the residency coverage of travel and flight, visa and health insurance costs.
  2. fellowship 760,00 € per month.
  3. curatorial advice by LIA director Anna-Louise Rolland


Applications must comprise the following and be wrapped into one pdf file only:

  • An expression of interest (500 words max.) explaining for example the project you wish to develop during the residency or research you would like to do and what interests you about working at the Spinnerei Leipzig
  • A CV or biography
  • Up to 6 images of your work or video/audio links
  • The specification of the subject matter of your e-mail so we can file you correctly: Open Call AfricanLeipzigApplications must be in English and sent as one single pdf file to: [email protected], [email protected],


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