Call for Applications now CLOSED

AOI National & International Sonic Residencies taking place in 2019/2020.(funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)


AOI accepts submissions from emerging and mid- career creative professionals who are either formally trained in their respective discipline or self-taught. National Sonic Residencies are open to applicants who live in South Africa; International Sonic Residencies are open to applicants from other countries on the African continent, and who reside in Africa for minimally six months of the year.


– April/May 2019
– July/August 2019
– October/November 2019
– February/March 2020

Call opened 7th December 2018
Call closed 21st January 2019

ABOUT Sonic Residency Programme

AOI SONIC RESIDENCY is an intensive & experimental, research residency programme. It offers freedom of creativity and an inter-disciplinary environment, in which musicians, theorists, artists, composers, writers, performers, producers, designers, dj’s, film-makers, broadcasters and critical thinkers, can develop ideas and work on sound-related projects according to their own agency, over a period of 4 weeks.

Artists-in-Residence are encouraged to incorporate into their Sonic Residency, conceptual frameworks which restitute African thought systems, explore Pan- African audio cultures, philosophies, aesthetics and languages. Sonic Residencies support art’s role in changing how, and under what conditions knowledge is produced, communicated and archived, in societies reflecting African worlds.

The 4-week Sonic Residency is located within the sprawling urban city that triangulates the nodes of Cape Town city-center, Stellenbosch town and Muizenberg sea-side neigbourhood. Monetary provision will be made for travel, subsistence, and Residency research-production. Artists-in-Residence have the choice to be accommodated in either Stellenbosch or Cape Town, for the duration of their 4-week Residency. Sonic Residents will have access to a modest studio space and Stellenbosch University library facilities and research archives. (regretably Artists Fees are not given)

Public Interventions | Public Conversations

The Sonic Residency programme creates a space for public conversations and artistic interventions and experimental encounters in public life. Artists-in-Residence are asked to present a colloquium to the Stellenbosch University’ broader research community; and create a performative or dialogical public intervention, off-campus during their month-long Sonic Residency. Artists-in-Residence receive a modest research- production grant to support their research and to realise their live public intervention, which can take the form of presentation, performance, publication, recording, installation, exhibition, conversation or provocation, to name a few modes of contemporary artistic practice.