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Artists In Residence


Annie Goddijn & François Lelong

The Artist in Residency program at Dar Kawa is designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and personal growth of emerging and established visual artists and creatives by giving them the time, space and solitude needed to create, apart from the daily demands of production and deadline.

Our hope is that some aspect of Marrakech’s architecture, flora, history, geography, and warmth of the Moroccan people will result in residents further developing their current practice or the creation of new work. And in turn, we anticipate learning from those creatives who join us.


Artists and creatives in all fields, including writers, visual artists, architects, designers, and culinary artists.
Since the space is not a “mess space” or traditional studio, it is recommended that applicants consider this restriction before submitting.
Residents occupy a modest room in the Dar Kawa Riad, a boutique hotel of just four rooms, located in the heart of Marrakech.

Residency Length: 3-4 weeks, beginning in July 2022.
Number of artists in residence at a time: one.
Number of artists accepted per year: 6 to 8.


From 1997-2004, the Sahart Foundation gave artists the opportunity to come and express themselves in complete calm, without any material constraints, in a context that was favourable to inspiration, in the medina of Marrakesh or in a Saharan encampment. Russian, Belgian, French, Moroccan, German, Spanish, Iralian and British painters, photographers and poets came to work at the foundation for several months, engaging and swapping experiences with the craftsmen and people of Marrakesh. More HERE.

After a lengthy hiatus, Sahart relaunches the residency in 2022 as Dar Kawa AiR.


Artist Status: Emerging, mid-career, and established creatives. No students.
Application Type: Open application.

– Short summary explaining your interest and potential projects in Marrakesh. Does not have to be specific. (Max 200 words).
– Website URL to portfolio and/or projects, or 10 samples (visual artists), or 3 writing samples (writers)

Collaboration: No Geography: International

The Dar Kawa Artist in Residency strives to create a community of creatives that reflects a rich mix of artistic styles and ethnic, social and human diversity. We seek applicants from all backgrounds, and do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or ancestry.


Application deadlines: March 30st, 2022 (for July 2022 – November 2022) and October 30, 2022 (for December 2022 – May 2023)
Notification: April 15, 2022 and September 15, 2022


Housing :

• Private room with bathroom in the Dar Kawa Riad.
• Wireless Internet is provided.
• Food markets, shopping and restaurants are located within walking distance. The riad kitchen is available for residents to order and pay for their own meals.
• Breakfast is provided
• Companions: spouses/partners are not allowed for temporary or full stay. We are not able to accommodate children.
• Accessibility: riad is not wheelchair accessible.


20€ per submission.


Dar Kawa provides solely the apartment and usage of the living/working space. Travel, materials, and all other costs are the responsibility of the residents. If you have additional financial support possibilities, we would be happy to assist you by providing supporting materials.