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The Nirox Foundation and the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation will support an Indian artist at the Nirox Residency, South Africa for a period of 4-8 weeks.

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The Nirox Foundation is an independent Non-Profit Trust, established and run for the benefit of the arts. It is committed to the global contemporary arts through its sculpture park, artist residency, workshops and outdoor concert venues. It is located within an extensive private nature reserve in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, 45 minutes from the centres of Johannesburg and Tshwane.

NIROX provides a comfortable, enabling, stimulating environment – for residents to research, imagine, experience and produce diverse ideas and works, to grow personal and creative practice. Our approach is fluid. There is no prescribed thesis, agenda, or outcome. Given our location in the heart of The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, projects often develop with a site-specific focus, reflecting on humanity’s relation to one another, the universe, nature, and the meaning of time. These inform the residency without limiting its canvas or the scope of work that artist’s wish to pursue.

Without impeding privacy, artistic integrity or productivity, the residency promotes and enables resident artists to:

  • Engage with diverse local artists, communities, educational facilities and the unique physical environment;
  • Be introduced to institutions, individuals, and places of interest.
  • Interact with other resident and visiting artists, events, guests, and service providers.
  • Develop their practice through exhibitions, performances, studio visits, interviews, texts and other means.
  • Participate in the production and dissemination of social and other related media, including podcasts and photographic / film productions that arise naturally from the residency and ensuing encounters.




Accomodation for artists-in-residence consists of a shared two bedroom double-story house facing north overlooking the Sculpture Park, with a large double-volume studio, mezzanine work space, lounge, dining and entertainment facility. Adjoining the house is an open-fronted sculpture workshop and a second studio.

Residencies are fully serviced with meals prepared by Maria and her team in the house kitchen, good ‘rural’ wifi, and assistance with sourcing materials, building and making to good standards by our management, ground staff and resident carpenter.

A short walk across the lawns of the Park is the Coolroom Complex, a multi-functional workshop/studio/screening room. The Sculpture Parks’ 30 hectare garden is shared with the public on weekends and with pre-arranged visitors during the week. Residents’ privacy is protected, but it is in the nature of the Foundation’s purpose to encourage engagement.



There is no fixed work imperative. Residents are encouraged to interact with each other, local arts and other communities; to collaborate and create compelling experiences. In particular we press residents to experience and contribute to the extraordinary work of the Columba Leadership Academy whose residency is hosted in the park, instilling values, hope and inspiration to leading youths from the most under-served communities of South Africa.

Residents are required to leave an artwork, of their own selection, for the NIROX Foundation’s archival collection.




The first INLAKS-NIROX Residency will take place over a 4-8 week period, between September 2022 – March 2023. The final dates are subject to negotiation, and will depend on availability and the suitability of the proposal in relation to NIROX’s other programmes. Accomodation and studio selection will depend on the prevailing logistic requirements.



  • A 4-8 week residency at  NIROX Residency, South Africa, including one return, economy-class flight, and an allowance for materials.
  • Full board, residency and studio space, with curatorial and practical support.
  • The residency provides opportunities to engage with other artists-in-residence and practitioners working in the field. NIROX’ reach into local life also provides opportunities for engagement with museums, institutions, galleries, academia, artists and other communities, and to visit Johannesburg and its thriving art scene. It also enables exposure to a wide range of programmes hosted at the Sculpture Park, from music and performance, to culinary activities, yoga, talks, poetry, fashion and related activities.
  • In addition to the Sculpture Park, the residency provides access to the new Villa-Legodi Centre for Sculpture, under development on the property (scheduled for completion June 2022) and to the adjoining 1000 hectare Khatlhamphi Private Nature Reserve, a wilderness of hills and valleys populated with a diversity of local game and birdlife.



The residency is open to emerging and mid-career Indian artists, under the age of 35, resident in India.

Contemporary visual artists working in all disciplines may apply.

Applicants should submit an  application  with a  project proposal outlining their interests and intentions for the residency.

Proficient in English.



Applicants are expected to submit:

  • A written proposal of 250 – 400 words, outlining your interests and intentions for the residency, and how this fits into your research / work as a whole. The proposal can be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format;
  • A CV detailing recent projects, exhibitions, workshops and residencies;
  • At least 10 high-quality images of your previous projects or exhibitions, which could include unrealised proposals and / or preparatory illustrations of the proposed work.

Please submit only electronic copies of the above documents to the following email address:  by no later than 1 June 2022.




  • Kaushal Sapre