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Call for Proposal: Henrike Grohs Art Award 2023

The Henrike Grohs Art Award, a biennial traveling art prize, was conceived by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family in memory of the former director of the Goethe-Institut in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Henrike Grohs.

This prestigious award is open to contemporary visual artists of various disciplines living and working on the African continent.

The selected artist or collective will be granted a cash prize of 20,000 EUR (approximately 22,400 dollars) and an additional 10,000 EUR for the production of a publication showcasing their work. Additionally, two artists or collectives will be chosen as finalists and each will receive a prize of 5,000 EUR.

The primary aim of the award is to support exceptional artistic practices and contribute to cultural dialogue across Africa. Since its inception in 2018, the award has become an important platform for promoting exceptional practices in contemporary African art.

Application Details

Interested artists are invited to fill out the application form available at before 31 August 2023.


In the application form, candidates are required to attach a PDF portfolio containing the following elements:

  • Artist’s biography (maximum 200 words).
  • Artist’s statement about their work (maximum 750 words).
  • A maximum of three recent bodies of work, with each body comprising at least five artworks.
  • Candidates should submit only one file, with a maximum size of 10 MB.

The Henrike Grohs Art Award provides a unique opportunity for African artists to gain recognition and support for their outstanding artistic endeavors. It plays a significant role in fostering cultural exchange and celebrating creativity on the African continent.

Don’t miss the chance to be a part of this initiative. Submit your application and share your exceptional artistry with the world.

For further information or inquiries, please contact


Photo credit: Gladys Kalichini, winner of the 2022 Henrike Grohs Art Award.


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