Open Office

The open office residency is a malleable quarterly programme in which an artist/writer/curator can use office space within VANSA. Within the open office period the artist is invited to engage with our quarterly themes revolving around low cost ways to exchange ideas across the African continent.

This is an experimental pilot process that we hope might grow into an approach to making VANSA more accessible to arts practitioners.

This process serves part of PAN!C, a VANSA and Picha collaborative project on independent arts practice across Africa.

Arts practitioners interested in the thematics of PAN!C and the possibilities for sharing ideas across the continent are welcome to contact VANSA with an expression of interest. There will be four programmes over 2014.

What we offer

The open office offer a suitable working space by providing an environment in which the resident can have access to:

  • A desk
  • Internet and phone
  • A networking and/or meeting space
  • A presentation platform
  • Please note VANSA is working on no budget for this project and so only resources already in existence are available for use. There is no budget for production.

VANSA Open Office: Listening Experiment with Ibrahim Cisse

To wrap up his six-week-long Open Office residency at VANSA and set the tone for warmer days to come, Ibrahim Cisse proposes a collective listening experiment.


That's What She Said: Women's voices and stories in the Visual Arts

The VANSA Open Office Research Residency Programme in partnership with the National Arts Council invites all Female black artists, writers, arts administrators and arts managers to contribute to the research being conducted on the following topic : The role of black female artists in the Visual Arts.


Connection Dakar / 27 May, 6.30pm

Please join us at VANSA on Friday 27 May from 6.30pm!


Exhibition & Panel Discussion: those places from which something has been taken

Juliana Castro Duperly concludes her month-long residency at VANSA's Open Office with an exhibition entitled 'those places from which something has been taken'.


VANSA OPEN OFFICE Research Residency

Open call to VANSA/Africalia interns (past and present) for a research residency in Johannesburg


Open Office Two: Megan Mace

“Artists have always travelled* to the farthest corners of the world, in search of isolation and inspiration. – nothing new about that – * By the way, don’t forget to pack loneliness.” (Wiersma.Y. 2009)



For the final event of Nolan Oswald Dennis’ open office residency at VANSA, which looked at exploring text as a tool for engagement with archival content as well as knowledge creation, Dennis will be doing a presentation of his Temporary Research Archive, an ongoing research installation looking into the currency of African archived texts, objects, imagination and memory.


Open Office Event - Nolan Oswald Dennis Vol2 : The Lumumba Screening at VANSA

In anticipation of the 54th anniversary of DR Congo Independence - (24 June 1960) Nolan Oswald Dennis will host a screening of the 2000 biopic Lumumba, directed by Raoul Peck, as part of his open office residency at VANSA.


Open office Quarter One: Nolan Oswald Dennis

At the end of his first month as an Open Office resident at VANSA, Nolan Oswald Dennis hosted Malose Malahlela solo’s exhibition entitled 'because I had sound&video tech in my backpack- L F ST L 'a video and live sound piece installation.

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