Open Call: Mentorship Program for East African Curators


ICI, in partnership with Njabala Foundation and AWARE: Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions, is offering a 6-month mentorship program for emerging female-identifying curators based in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, themed “Curating as multiplying mediation and access to culture.” 

The mentorship aims to support emerging arts workers by creating a platform to develop their practice, gain resources, enhance research and discourse, and engage with established curators from East Africa and beyond. Offering opportunities to develop tools and actions to raise awareness about gender issues in the East African context, the program will support a new generation of cultural workers sensitive to the place of women artists and augment the agency of female-identifying artists, curators, and educators in the region and globally.


  • This opportunity is available to female-identifying cultural workers based in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Applicants should have 3+ years of experience curating, working in the arts, or working with artists.
  • Mentorship sessions will take place virtually. Participants will be invited for one in-person group meeting in Kampala, Uganda during the program (date TBD).

Application requirements

  • All applications should be submitted through this application portal by August 15, 11:59pm EAT
  • Description of project you would like to develop during the mentorship period, including the next three steps you’d like to take to move the project forward. Projects should in some way engage with female-identifying artists, creative producers, or publics (400 words max)
  • Letter of intent describing why you would like to take part in this program, including specific mentorship needs to support your project (300 words max)
  • Bio outlining relevant experience (250 words max)
  • Work sample/portfolio (uploaded as an attachment)
  • CV (uploaded as an attachment)

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