The Henrike Grohs Art Award is a roving biennial art prize conceived by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family in memory of the former Head of Goethe-Institut in Abidjan, Henrike Grohs.
The prize is run through an open call process and is aimed at young artists who live and work on the African continent. It is awarded biennially to an artist or arts collective practising in the field of visual arts. The award aims to support emerging artists in their careers, responding to the challenges of practising on the African continent. Artistic quality is the most important criteria for the award.
The main prize is awarded by an international jury after a shortlist is compiled by a selection committee. The winning individual artist or collective will receive a cash prize of 20.000€ and 10.000€ towards the production of a catalogue on the winner’s work. Two artists or collectives will be selected as runners up and will be awarded a cash prize of 5.000€ each. Each iteration of the awards’ ceremony is celebrated at a different biennale or major art event on the continent.
The Steering Committee of the Henrike Grohs Award includes the Grohs family, the Goethe-Institute, Raphael Chikukwa (Chief Curator, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare) and Simon Njami (independent curator, Paris).
The 2nd Henrike Grohs Art Award will be awarded in conjunction with Dak’Art – Biennial of Contemporary African Art in May 2020.
For prize rules and conditions, click here.