perfocraZe International Artist Residency


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(works by artists in residence 2019, check HERE to see the right credits) Photo credit: Edward Onsoh, Nina Claire, Percy Nii Nortey





Applications for the 2022 Artist Residency Program are open from 5th September until 25th October 2021. The earlier the better your chances! Successful applicants will be notified from 25th October until 15th November 2021.


NOTE: Due to the outbreak of COVID19, some of the selected artists for 2021 have been reschedule for 2022 so there are limited slots for new applicants.

perfocraZe International Artist Residency- [pIAR] is hosted by “crazinisT artisT studiO” located in the hub of Kumasi, the second largest city of Ghana and the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom. It is an interdisciplinary artists program, performance ‘hatchery’, incubator, laboratory and interactive platform aimed at promoting exchange between international and local artists, activists, researchers, curators and thinkers. pIAR was launched in 2018 after four years of its underground projects  and has hosted 30 participants in its first edition, 'pIAR2019' (January to August) from over 15 countries. The second and the third edition (pIAR2020/pIAR2021) has been heavily affected by  COVID19 travel restrictions and costs though the later has  successfully hosted 25 artists since January 2021 from 13 countries.


pIAR is delighted to invite new applications from international and local artists to be considered for the fourth annual edition, pIAR 2022. Successful applicants will stay for a period of not less than 4 (four) weeks from JANUARY 2022 to AUGUST 2022 to develop their projects focusing on processes, collaborations, critical investigations, researches and experimentations. Selected participants will be given the opportunities to share their experiences through discussions, research-workshops, presentations, art talks and lectures with Ghanaian artists, students and the local community.


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(works by artists in residence 2020, check HERE to see the right credits) Photo credit: Edward Onsoh, Martin Toloku, Amudzi Mawuenya

 Updates! You can find our activities on the following social media. 

Mode of Application

  1. Deadline for application 5th October 2021
  2. NO application FEE! NO Residency FEE!
  3. Please read carefully before filling the form below with all the details required. We do not accept application submissions outside of the FORM.
  4. Prepare all documents before filling the form; the application processes CAN NOT be saved for later completion.
  5. Copy and paste the following documents into the appropriate text boxes provided in the form
    • BIO
    • CV
  6. Your BIO and ARTIST STATEMENT will be used for publications, advertisement and in promotional materials. PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO IMPRESS US WITH SENSITIVE INFORMATION YOU DO NOT WISH TO SHARE IN PUBLIC.
  7. Make sure you provide a downloadable link to you portfolio (please strictly use the format below)
    • Images -JPG/JPEG
    • Videos- MP4/ MOV
    • sounds-MP3
  8. CONFIRMATION- You should see this pop up as soon as your application has been successfully submitted: "Success! Your form was sent. pIAR will contact you in the next few days. If in 10 days you do not receive any email from us, please do follow up via email: perfocraze@gmail.com"
  9. Applicants shall be interviewed virtually (ZOOM VIDEO CALL) between one to two weeks after the date of their application. The jury will be made up of pIAR administration, 2 Alumni and 2 invited curators/critics.

Read the CONDITIONS carefully be you Apply

  1. pIAR is suitable for artists working in performance, videos, photography, film, interactive/performative installations, interventions, graffiti, curating, writing, storytelling and music/dance. 
  2. pIAR IS A HOME FOR ALL: Participants must be willing and ready to coexist and tolerate people from diverse cultural identities, race, gender, age, sexuality, etc.
  3. Participants should be open minded and willing to engage in critical conversations (pIAR is liberal and safe space, and does not welcome racism, homophobia, sexism or religious extremism)
  4. pIAR IS A HOPE FOR ARTISTIC & CULTURAL ADVENTURE: Participants must be willing and ready to take the challenges and responsibilities in navigating the socio-cultural complexities within Ghana, Kumasi and its environs.
  5. pIAR is built on the notions and intersections of Performativity, documentation and archiving. NOTE: All participants and activities at pIAR are randomly documented for websites and social media.
  6. Artists have the opportunity to live and collaborate with other artists from a wide range of disciplines, professional experience, ethnicities, and ages.
  7. NO stipend! NO per diem! Applicants are advised to seek external fundings.
  8. The residency runs monthly from JANUARY to AUGUST each year. (Participants must select at least 4 weeks convenient for their stay and must arrive by 1st day of the new month)
  9. Free accommodation (shared rooms and facilities)
  10. WiFi: Artists contribute to buy data/bundle for the router (optional if artists prefer to depend solely on their mobile data)
  11. Participants must be able to STAY for a minimum of 28 days.
  12. Participants should at least be able to communicate in English
  13. Participants must be able to COVER travel, visa, health insurance, cost of production and cost of living.

Some of the Participants have been supported/funded by:

  • crazinisT artisT StudiO, Kumasi, Ghana
  • Adam Mickiewicz Institute
  • Stroom Den Haag
  • Goethe-Institut Germany
  • Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen: ifa
  • Goethe-Institut Kamerun
  • Alliance Francaise Accra, Ghana
  • Alliance française Kumasi, Ghana
  • Alliance Francaise, Arusha, Tanzania
  • Secretaria de Cultura do Estado da Bahia, Brazil
  • Canarias Crea, Spain
  • Indiegogo Donors and individuals supporters, Worldwide

To support pIAR 2019-3019, please click DONATE/PLEDGE


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Comments: 3
  • #1

    Jackeline Fadel (Sunday, 12 September 2021 17:29)

    Hi, I just applied and I had a problem with the video option. I was trying to put the link to the second video and it sent the application after I pressed Enter to place the second YouTube link. Now I realize that the best option was to create a Google Drive folder. What do I do now?

  • #2

    Mpumelelo Buthelezi (Tuesday, 14 September 2021 17:14)

    Does the residency cover costs for travel and accommodations??

  • #3

    AICHA MUTEBA (Friday, 01 October 2021 14:49)

    thanks for all