Addis Fotofest

Addis Foto Fest showcase works of selected photographers from all over the continent.


Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) Lagos 

CCA is an independent non-profit making visual art organisation set up in December 2007 to provide a platform for the development, presentation, and discussion of contemporary visual art and culture. It seeks to create new audiences and to prioritise media such as photography, film and video, performance and installation art which have been under-represented in Nigeria.


DAK’ART Biennale for Contemporary African Art

The next biennale will be from May 9 – June 14, 2014. The call for applications for African and African Diaspora artists for the International Exhibition will be on display on the website in April 2013.


FNB Joburg ARt Fair

Africa’s biggest art fair with a large selection of contemporary art from the continent.


GoDownArtsCentre, Nairobi

The GoDown aims at being one of East Africa’s key institutions in nurturing talent in the arts, in a society where artists. The centre furthermore aims to develop independent artists across multiple art forms and to participate in the advancement of the cultural sector, thereby contributing to the establishment of a robust arts and culture sector with expanding receptive audiences.


Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg and Cape Town

One of the most noteworthy galleries on the continent, Goodman Gallery has existed since 1966. It is at the forefront of contemporary art in South Africa, and focus on artists from South Africa, the greater African Continent, and other countries that engage in a dialogue with the African context.
A good place to keep updated on works from some of the greatest African artists of our time.


Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA), Zimbabwe

HIFA is a 6-day annual festival and workshop programme that showcases local, regional and international arts and culture in a comprehensive festival programme of theatre,dance, music, circus, street performance, spoken word, and visual arts. Check the website for announcement of call.


KLA’ART – Kampala Contemporary Art Festival

The first Kampala Contemporary Art Festival (KLA ART 012) took place in Uganda from in October 2012. The Festival aimed to explore new and innovative ways of creating art and presenting outcomes to the public. 12 shipping containers was placed around the city and used as an exhibition space and platform to showcase new artistic talent.


Kwani Trust, Nairobi

Established in 2003, Kwani Trust is a Kenyan based literary network dedicated to developing quality creative writing and committed to the growth of the creative industry through the publishing and distribution of contemporary African writing, offering training opportunities, producing literary events and establishing and maintaining global literary networks.


Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg

Founded by David Goldblatt in 1989 the Market Photo Workshop is a school of photography, a gallery, and a project space. It has played a pivotal role in the training of South Africa’s photographers, ensuring that visual literacy reaches neglected and marginalised parts of our society.




NAFASI Art Space, Dar es Salaam

Nafasi Art Space is a young cultural centre in Tanzania (2007), set up to improve the visual arts in the country. There are 15 artists working in 11 studios on a large industrial plot in Dar es Salaam, as painters, designers, illustrators and sculptors.


RAW Material Company, Dakar

RAW Material Company is s a center for art, knowledge and society established in Dakar since 2008.  It is an art initiative unfolding within the realms of exhibition making, commissioning, knowledge sharing, and archiving of theory and criticism. It works to foster appreciation and growth of African artistic and intellectual creativity. The underlying rationale of its program is the firm belief in visual arts as a potent tool capable of shifting views, and ignite engagement for art practice as a viable path for social and political transformation. The program is transdisciplinary and is equally informed by urbanity, literature, film, architecture, politics, fashion, cuisine, and diaspora. Residencies available on request from the institution.


Rencontres de Bamako / Bamako Encounters, Biennale of Contemporary African Photography

Bamako Encounters is the first biennale for photography in Africa and an event of international character gathering artists from all over Africa, and international curators.


Zanzibar International Film Festival 

ZIFF is East Africa’s largest film, music and arts festival, bringing new talents together from all over the world.  Captivating and cutting-edge cinema from Africa and beyond is screened in venues across the island. The 16th Festival will take place from June 29th – July 7th, 2013. Submissions are open until March 30! Check the website for more info.