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Young Contemporaries Boot Camp

The Rele Arts Foundation Young Contemporaries initiative was created in 2016 to provide a critical and enabling platform for a new generation of emerging artistic talent in Nigeria and around Africa. Since it’s inception, the program has provided the enabling environment for young artists to be part of the evolving discourse on cutting-edge artistic practice, art and activism, and critical issues that impact the immediate Nigerian/African and global contexts. As conversations on art and politics, identity and nationhood, gender and sexuality become increasingly important in Africa, these young artists as concerned citizens address cultural biases that mitigate these topical issues.

For the 2020 edition, we are partnering with the Ekiti State government to extend the Young Contemporaries 2020 program. Artists and Curators from all over Africa are thereby invited to apply to participate in an intense training and mentorship boot camp where the most promising artists will be selected to be a part of the Young Contemporaries 2020 program and exhibition.

July 15th, 2019

August 1st - 11th, 2019

Ekiti State, Nigeria

The program is open to visual artists and curators from all African regions under 35 with an active practice.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants can apply by sending the following information in ONE message, with the subject line “Young Contemporaries BootCamp Application” via email to

All information submitted must be in English.

  1. C.V. (TO INCLUDE PERSONAL DETAILS OF APPLICANT & CONTACT INFORMATION): Applicants must provide their name, age, country/state of origin, details of school/university attended, and qualification obtained, a current address and contact information.
    Name your CV file “Last Name, First Name CV.doc/pdf.”

  2. STATEMENT OF INTENT: Applicants will be required to provide an artist statement/statement of intent that gives a background to their artistic practice as well as areas of interest. (300 words)
    Name your file “Last Name, First Name Statement of Intent.doc/pdf.”

  3. PORTFOLIO/WORK SAMPLE: Artists/curators may send up to 5 work samples, a combination of images and/or audio, video files. Artists may also provide video links (from their personal site or from video hosting sites such as Vimeo or youtube).
    Images/written text should be sent in a word/pdf document labelled “Last Name, First Name Portfolio.doc/pdf.”

PLEASE NOTE: Applications containing images and documents that are not labelled or uploaded according to the guidelines above will NOT be reviewed.

Successful applicants will be required to pay a fee of NGN 25,000.00 (Subsidized fee for accommodation, feeding and program materials in Ekiti State)
Applicants will be responsible for individual travel to Ekiti as well as any travel related expenses such as visa/health insurance costs

NOTIFICATION: Notifications of the results will be sent via email by July 20th, 2019. Please make sure that the email address provided on the application form is an account that you check regularly.