In 2012 the Federal Cultural Foundation launched the TURN Fund for Artistic Collaboration between Germany and African countries. Over the past eight years, the programme has awarded 12 million euros to fund 101 joint international artistic and interdisciplinary projects. These involved the participation of cultural producers and artists from over 30 partner countries on the African continent. After eight years, the demand for funding measures which promote artistic collaboration between African countries and Germany has not waned, but rather increased – especially among German cultural institutions. Past experience with TURN projects has vividly shown that debates, for example on addressing colonial rule with all its repercussion in the 21st century or topics like migration, climate just and global economic orders – cannot be adequately conducted without comprehensively including African positions.
Building on the experience of these past years and in consultation with international experts, the Federal Cultural Foundation has decided to launch the follow-up programme TURN2 – Artistic Co-Creation between Germany and African countries. In future, TURN2 will continue to promote projects which reflect on the financial and structural asymmetries between African and German partners, create a level playing field for mutual exchange, and share the resulting experiences in public discourse.
The TURN2 programme consists of three key instruments: a funding programme, a residency programme and transcontinental academies.
The application-based funding programme supports artistic and cultural projects which are carried out as part of transnational collaborations with partners from African countries. The projects must have at least one African partner, but may include several other international partners. The projects should aim to stage events in the corresponding African partner countries. The TURN2 Fund is open to institutions based in Germany. Applicants must apply for at least 50,000 euros with at least 20 % of the total expenses secured with their own resources or third-party financing. The funding programme offers two application rounds, for which 1.5 million euros will be awarded per round.
The funding guidelines of the TURN2 Fund, the attachment with recommendations on promoting fair cooperation, the online application form and useful downloads can be found at the bottom of this page.
The residency programme will offer some thirty junior curators from Germany and African countries the opportunity to visit partner institutions in Germany (Berlin), Kenya (Nairobi), South Africa (Johannesburg) and Nigeria (Lagos). The TURN2 Residencies will finance research and work visits dedicated to cultivating the working relationships with established art and cultural institutions.
The Berlin-based ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics has been chosen to oversee the administration of the residency programme and manage the residencies in Germany. The ZK/U is responsible fostering contact between the African curators and established German art institutions and supervising the African residency scholarship holders. The African residency partners are the Bag Factory in Johannesburg, the Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute (NCAI) and the Guest Artists Space (G.A.S.) Foundation in Lagos. The residency programme is scheduled to begin in 2021. The scholarship candidates will be selected by a committee comprised of external experts and representatives from the partner organisations.
An important partner of the ZK/U – especially for organising the exchange with the African residency partners – is the Triangle Network in London. Founded in 1982, the Triangle Network supports the professional development and worldwide exchange between artists and organisations of the fine arts and maintains a longstanding network of members in various African countries. The collaboration with the Triangle Network aims to support interested German art and cultural organisations join established international networks even beyond the residency programme.
Residencies in Berlin
The programme plans to invite twelve young curators and cultural producers with curatorial experience from African countries to complete a three-month work and research visit at the ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics in Berlin. The programme will issue an international open call for applications in two rounds. The selected candidates will receive a monthly scholarship of 1,500 euros. Funding also covers travel and transportation costs, as well as accommodation and research expenses.
Residencies in Nairobi, Lagos and Johannesburg
The programme will invite up to 18 curators from Germany to complete a work and research visit at one of the three African member organisations of the Triangle Network (Bag Factory in Johannesburg, Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute (NCAI), G.A.S. Foundation in Lagos). The selected candidates will receive a monthly scholarship of 1,500 euros and additional funding for travel, transportation, accommodation and research expenses. Each of the three international residency locations will issue its own open call for applications. Six scholarship holders per partner organisation will be awarded residencies of up to three months in duration.
Building on the TURN meetings of 2014 and 2016, as well as the growing interest of European cultural institution to engage in interdisciplinary exchange with the African continent, the programme will stage transcontinental academy events highlighting new forms of collaboration between Europe and Africa. Entitled TURN2 Labs, these events will be targeted at African and European representatives in the fields of art, culture, science, politics and economics. The events will address a wide variety of topics, for example, international cultural policy, environmental sustainability, cultural education, young talent promotion, mobility, contemporary art production and international funding programmes.