Applicants are invited for the Kuonyesha Art Fund (KAF) to support, promote, celebrate Art and artists in all their diversity in Uganda.
The Kuonyesha Art Fund (KAF) is managed by CivFund and the Executive Board with support from its partners Stichting DOEN and Robert Bosch Foundation and backed by the Advisory committee comprising of reputable practicing Arts and Culture personalities in Uganda.
Kuonyesha is a Swahili word that means “show”. Kuonyesha Art Fund exists to support, nurture and develop art in Uganda; to promote and/or support artists to improve the quality of arts in a way that enhances the meaningful influence and participation of art and artists in the issues shaping society and public life in Uganda today.
- To enhance the vibrancy of the art sector and in so doing legitimize what artists do
- Seek to build bridges between and amongst artists and various art forms
- Support artists to create for their own reasons e.g. expression, freedom, influence community, social and cultural change in various respects.
- Nurture and build confidence amongst artists i.e. the fund recognizes artists in all their diversity and supports them to thrive in whatever they do
- To enable artists to develop new ways of or deepen relations with the audience and/or the community
The Kuonyesha Art Fund acknowledges that there are numerous types of Arts in Uganda, and therefore, the fund will focus on the following categories:
- Visual Arts (e.g. Painting, sculpture, weaving, fashion, woodcut printing etc.)
- Literature (including publishing),
- Audio-Visual (graphics & animation)
- Dance & Music
- Theatre and Film
- Folklore/Spoken word
- Arts research
- Combination of arts disciplinaries
Grants funds will range between 4,000,000/=UGX – 20,000,000/= UGX. This will be disbursed as follows:
- Established Artists & groups – up to 20,000,000/= UGX
- Artists Push Fund – up to 12,000,000/= UGX
- Emerging and/or New Artists and/or Ideas – up 4,000,000/=UGX
- Collaborations or initiatives that foster artist collaborations (that may straddle the above 3 categories)- up to 20,000,000/= UGX
- The grant award is open to all artists of all ages; minors may be required to be accompanied & guided by an adult. Female artists and differently abled persons are especially encouraged to apply.
- Individual artists who are established and have demonstrated ability to influence communities through their art. They will most likely have a track record and be able to demonstrate ability to manage funds/resources responsibly.
- Artists that have the potential to do more with their art; they may have some ideas and/or even made an initial investment in their art project but are unable to proceed because of limited resources. The Kuonyesha Art Fund will serve as a ‘push fund’ for such artists.
- New and/or emerging artists who may not have much exposure or are trying new ideas. They require investment to enable them further to explore and show case their work.
- Artists that require support to enhance the quality of their work for instance through training, provision of equipment, as well as exposure.
- Only artists who are citizens or have been granted permanent residence of Uganda may apply; attach their national ID/ other identity form/residence document copy etc as evidence.
- All grant award winners are required to take up the grant awards as per the dates mentioned in the entry details or applications.
Requirements for Entry for all categories
- An artist or group will only submit one entry application.
- Each entry may consist of photos/softcopy of artworks/a body of artwork, with a minimum of three and a maximum of ten artworks/video/audio samples.
- All artists ‘works/art projects should be uploaded onto the online platform or images attached to the proposal submitted OR a hardcopy application with attached photos submitted to a selected art center for artists that have no access to computer/internet.
- Only original (ownership) artworks/art projects photos will be entered.
- Entries in any medium (video and or textual application) will be accepted: artists to send a concept note, visual artists to attach works’ imagery portfolio alongside application/concept note, motion artists to send in video clips of their films, plays, dance pieces, writers and poets to send in draft manuscripts, playwrights to send in draft scripts, filmmakers to submit samples of their works, musicians to send in audios demos of their works.
- NO APPLICATION FEES are to be charged by anyone; the application is completely free of charge.
For more information, visit https://www.kuonyesha.civsourceafrica.com/eligibility