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The Swedish Comics Association has put out a call to comics creators all over the world to apply for its four week 2018 residency in Malmö. This is a perfect opportunity for African comic creators to get out of their comfort zones, meet likeminded individuals from around the world, and make better comics.
Seriefrämjandet, the Swedish Comics Association, is offering a four week residency in Malmö, Sweden, for four comic artists from around the world. According to the association, "We would like to provide a time of reflection, research, presentation and production for you. The opportunity to explore your practice within another community; meeting new people, using new materials, experiencing life in a new location."
The residency will include studio space at The Comics Art Center at the Mazetti Culture Center (Kulturhuset Mazetti). The building was originally built in the 1880s for Malmö Choklad och konfektfabriks AB (Malmö Chocolate And Confectionery AB). Participants will be provided with accommodation at a local residence. They will be offered a project allowance and have their travel expenses paid. Participants will, in turn, be expected to take part in a public event, such as a workshop, lecture, exhibition, or festival.
Send answers to the following questions, as well as the requested attachments, to info [at] serieframjandet [dot] se.
Phone number with country code (the South African country code is +27)
Web site address
Portfolio: examples of your work (a small-resolution PDF or a link to your web site)
A letter of motivation: a few words about the preferred period for your residency (spring or autumn), what kind of public event you would like to participate in, and why you would like to be a part of Comics Residence 2018.
Applications need to be in before 12 March 2018. You can find the official details on the Seriefrämjandet web site
The Swedish Comics Association is a non-profit organisation that was formed in 1968. It's involved in numerous activities, including organising and hosting festivals, exhibitions, and international exchanges. It also publishes a magazine about comics and gives out comics awards.
This is a fantastic opportunity for comic creators from Southern Africa - notably in the English speaking comic hubs of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Nigeria that receive less international support than the Francophone countries - but the requirements seem very open and broad so it will be important for passionate applicants to figure out a way to distinguish themselves in the application process.