Deadline: November 6, 2022

Applications are now open for the Access ART X Prize. The Prize awards early-career artists from Africa and its Diaspora with opportunities to develop their practices, with the intention of setting them up for the highest levels of success on the global stage.

Formerly open only to Nigerian emerging artists, The 2022/3 edition has evolved to include an additional award that is open to emerging artists from all of Africa and its Diaspora, in a bid to buttress sustainable careers for a wider range of artists.


Two winners will be selected; one from Nigeria and one from Africa/The Diaspora.

The Nigerian Winner Will Receive:

  • Gasworks UK Residency Award
  • Exhibition at ART X Lagos
  • Supported by a $10,000 Grant
  • An opportunity for cultural exchange

The African / Diasporan Winner Will Receive:

  • Yinka Shonibare GAS Foundation NG Residency Award
  • Exhibition at ART X Lagos
  • Supported by a $10,000 Grant
  • An opportunity for cultural exchange


  • Open to emerging artists from Africa and its Diaspora;
  • They should have been practicing for 3 years or more.


Prepare the following documents before you begin your application:

  • Artist’s Bio: Please upload a PDF that contains a description or summary of your life, career, and practice leading up to the present moment. Kindly include your educational background (formal or self-taught), recent exhibitions or career highlights, relevant biographical information (where you grew up, where you create your work), and an overview of your artistic practice, interests, and portfolio as well as the concepts, materials, or questions which guide your working process. Kindly provide details for 2 references – full name, position/title, email address, and phone number in your Bio. Maximum Length: 3 pages.
  • Portfolio: Please submit a PDF or zipped folder of not more than 200MB containing: a selection of 10 works (images, video links, etc.) as well as a numbered list of the corresponding works. This list must include the Title, Date, Media, Dimensions (Height x Width x Depth, if applicable), or Duration of each work. The complete caption information should read as follows: FirstName, LastName, Title, Year. For example, Femi Ogunji, Starlight, 2022.
  • Motivation Letter: Please upload a PDF with a statement on how as a Nigerian or African/Diasporan Participant, you will maximize either the Gasworks London UK or the Yinka Shonibare GAS Foundation NG residency opportunity respectively, if selected. Kindly include a summary of your connection to Africa (descent, heritage, lineage or other, etc). Maximum Length: 300 words.

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