The British Council invites young digital creatives to take part in the third edition of ColabNowNow in partnership with Maputo Fast Forward and Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festivals.
ColabNowNow will select 11 digital artists from Africa and the UK to develop cutting edge digital artworks through collaborative artmaking and storytelling. Applicants will apply with proposed projects which will then be developed with artistic and technical facilitators. Together they will create a collaborative exhibition to be launched on 11 October 2019 at the opening of the Maputo Fast Forward festival.
ColabNowNow has been developed by the British Council as a space for the leading minds in digital art in Africa and the UK to connect, collaborate and learn from each other in a safe, supportive and enabling environment. Do you think you have what it takes?
Read this page in Portuguese here.
Curious to see what the ColabNowNow creatives made in 2018? See their online exhibition here.
We’ll be answered your ColabNowNow questions during a public webinar on 15 July 2019, 3pm UTC.
Who we are looking for?
Are you a daring artist or storyteller working in a digital medium and living in Africa or the UK?
Are you open to collaborating with other artists/storytellers?
Do you want a chance to see your collaborative work shown across Africa, the UK and extensively online?
Artists can include, but are not limited to: visual/graphic artists, architects, technical artists, programmers/coders, music/sound artists, performers and animators.
Storytellers can include, but are not limited to: writers, photographers, filmmakers, videographers, bloggers and vloggers.
Selected creatives will meet in Johannesburg at the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival (3-8 September) where they will share their creative work with each other and the public through workshops and presentations. These days will set the groundwork for the collaborative work over the next month, where an artistic and a technical facilitator will engage with the creatives online to develop the work from 9 - 31 September. (Facilitators have been selected from a closed call including ColabNowNow creatives from 2017 and 2018)
Creatives will then meet in Maputo, Mozambique, 2-12 October, to work collaboratively in the lead up to the opening of the ColabNowNow exhibition which coincides with the opening of the Maputo Fast Forward Festival.
The exhibition will be catalogued and digitised, allowing it to travel from November 2019 - February 2020 to East, West and North Africa, THE UK, and in its entirety online.
Creatives will receive artistic and technical support from two facilitators, who will work with the creatives to develop complex collaborative works in both their conceptual and technical forms.
All travel, accommodation, meals and VISA costs are covered by the British Council.
Artists will be paid a fee of 500 GBP for their participation.
A technical and installation budget is available for the collective use of the ColabNowNow team.
Applications for ColabNowNow go through a strict and anonymous blind-jury process where gender and country balance are developed into the shortlisting process. Applicants will be judged solely on their artistic proposals and their ability to work collaboratively with others in order to develop new work from their proposal.
The jury will be made up of representatives from Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, Maputo Fast Forward, British Council (UK, EastAfricaArts, SouthernAfricaArts, WestAfricaArts), and the artistic and technical facilitators.
Creatives will receive artistic and technical support from two facilitators, who will work with the creatives to develop complex collaborative works in both their conceptual and technical forms. The facilitators are:
- Artistic: Valerie Asiimwe Amani (Tanzania) is an award-winning fashion and graphic designer, curator, writer and artist based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - where she co-founded a creative agency. Both an Economics (Rhodes University) and Fashion graduate (FEDISA), she combines her skills to create visual art pieces with narratives around Neo-colonialism, new age identity and feminism. Her work has been featured in various international platforms, exhibitions and publications and she recently co-authored a book titled Black Amara. She is currently a visual arts consultant working with individual artists as well as at Nafasi Art Space where she facilitates artists workshops and exhibitions; while simultaneously creating multi-media art.
- Technical: Will Hurt (UK) is best known for his brightly coloured, playful, digital interactives which cater to people of all ages and abilities and are often made as responses to the architectural geometry of the physical sites they are installed in, abstracting and re-presenting local architecture and landscape. His interactives bring people together to play, forge connections and leave with a new appreciation of their locality. Recent interactive works focus on contemporary modes of drawing in which complex architecturally inspired geometric scenes can be created, animated and explored. Hurt’s work has been exhibited around the world due to its stand-out aesthetic, technical resilience and engaging immediacy.