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perfocraZe International Artist Residency- [pIAR] hosted by “crazinisT artisT studiO” is an interdisciplinary artists' program and a performance ‘hatchery’. It serves as an incubator, laboratory and an interactive platform for artists, activists, researchers, curators and thinkers to develop and engage with one another on a rich variety of artistic research projects. The studio is located in the hub of Kumasi, the second largest city of Ghana and the capital of Ashanti Kingdom.

pIAR has been designed as a site and point of contact for promoting cultural exchange between international and local performers, interactive artists and film/video/photography artists. Participants are encouraged to explore the contemporary spirit and rituals of performativity in multigenerational societies and cultures, as well as questions of race and politics, especially through performance art, installations, music, video, and film/moving images. The residency runs from January to end of August each year. We invite and accept proposals from international and local artists to stay and develop their projects over a period of 4 weeks. By focusing on processes and projects rather than products, we encourage collaborative relationship between local and international practitioners while sharing experiences through discussions, research, workshops, presentations, lectures and experimental performative/participatory works. Projects developed in the residency will be eligible for exhibition at Chale Wote Art Festival, Alliance Francaise, public spaces, schools and other alternative art spaces.

Our focus is on performativity while aiming to merge contemporary art, culture and the people through collaborative practices. The Ashanti Kingdom is full of performative expressions, rituals, festivals and artistic cultures that we believe our artists in residence will gain from collaborating with and learning from.

Your donations/contributions will directly support the artists and workers in residence for effective administrative works

Due to our logistical inability to fully fund our diverse and talented selection of participants each year, we are appealing to our audience, fans, organisation, art enthusiasts and the general public for gap funding. With this gap funding, pIAR will be able to move forward and enhance Kumasi and surrounding regions with an influx of creative energies, projects, and dialog from fellow artists from all over the world. Without this support, the residency program will require participating artists to host themselves, unduly weighting the pool of participants to non-African participants from wealthier nations. We would be glad to accept any contributions so that the program can run effectively and encourage this critical cultural project of artistic development and cultural exchange.


pIAR hosts over 60 international artists from January to August each year:
  • pIAR team is made up of selfless volunteers without any salaries or wages. We therefore hope with the supports from our donors and patrons we will be able to create reasonable salaries for all our workers for effective administrative responsibilities. 
  • Our hope is to be able to support artists from developing countries who cannot afford their travel expenses should we get enough fundings. 
  • Feeding of artists and interns daily: Though artists are to take care of their own meals, it will best to reduce any financial burden on the participating artists and interns especially from developing countries who cannot afford for themselves regular meals. 
  • Material costs: We will be able to cover reasonable production and research cost for less privileged artists in residency should we get enough support from our patrons.
  • Utilities (Wifi, Gas, Water, Electricity): It will be important for constant internet availability and access to facilitate research and internet activities for the artists. We are on prepaid electricity system that required regular reloading of credit for usage.
  • Organising Artist Talk, Public Presentations and Workshops: We understand the financial commitments in organising these activities that demand the provision of refreshment (water, drinks, snacks), running of errands, renting spaces, equipments  and printing of materials.
$89.47 of $2,000 per month
Due to lack of funding all workers at pIAR are selfless volunteers without pay. However, we hope by reaching this goal we will be able to allocate salaries to our workers for effective administrate running.

At this goal we will also organise fortnight performances, inviting all patrons, the community, artists, art lovers and critics. 
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