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Building Beyond Mentorship Programme 2023 Call Talented Creatives to Apply Now


Are you a mid-career artist, designer, or creative with 5-10 years of experience in architecture, design, or spatial practice, whose work is dedicated to (re)imaging the future of your African city? Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development invites you to apply to the Building Beyond Mentorship Programme and define the future of public space and community in your city by activating the imagined possibilities of your localized context.

What are the Cities?
The cities are more than just spaces for living and working; they hold communities, expressions, knowledge systems, economies, and beliefs, and they are crucial spaces for identity formation that shapes their lives. Globally, the pressure on cities is growing exponentially, particularly on the African continent. There is a need to engage in critical questioning; to consider how they live, and what the future could hold. What are the processes that define their shared spaces, what are the forms through which they should be pursued, and who will participate in shaping them?

The programme consists of:

  • Peer group sessions,
  • Guest speaker sessions, and
  • Two in-person intensives in the form of ‘Lab Weeks’ (one in the African continent, and one in the Netherlands) where there will be further opportunities for exchange and to build your network.
  • In addition, each participant receives an award of €10.000 and guidance from mentors to work on the concept for a body of work that is outlined in their application.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You have ±5-12 years of relevant professional experience
  • You are from, living, and working in Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania, Tunisia, Chad, South Africa, or South-Sudan
  • You are an artist, designer, or creative whose individual practice relates to design, public space, architecture, activism, policy, and the digital space
    The Prince Claus Fund and the Creative Industries Fund NL hold a broad disciplinary understanding of arts and culture. When referring to artists and cultural practitioners they mean people who have an individual artistic practice. Individuals who are arts managers, facilitators, academic researchers, or others, without an individual artistic practice, do not fall under this category, and as such are not eligible to apply.
  • Please note that previous awardees of the Prince Claus Fund are not eligible to apply unless their previous project is finished and closed before the end of 2023.
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Application Process

  • You can apply for this opportunity through our online application for the Prince Claus Awards
  • The application includes questions relating to your involvement in the mentorship programme, your practice, and the concept outline of work to be developed within the mentorship.
  • You will also be asked for a portfolio of previous work, C.V. and references, and a pitch video.


To Apply

  • Applications for the Building Beyond Mentorship Programme are only accepted in English.
  • Create an account on the Prince Claus Awards Platform and start a new submission for the Prince Claus Mentorship Award: Building Beyond
  • Fill in all required fields and attachments. You can save the application and complete it later up until the deadline. If you have any questions along the way, please e-mail
  • Once you have submitted your application on the Prince Claus Fund platform, check that you have received an automatic email confirmation.



  • The Building Beyond Mentorship Programme is set to begin in February/March 2024 and will be ongoing consistently for the duration of a year. The mentorship programme will communicate the expectations in a timely manner, and the schedule for the programme will be shared with the participants in December 2023 to afford the participants time to make arrangements for their participation.
  • From the outset of the Building Beyond Mentorship Programme, in February/March 2023, the selected participants are expected to be available to actively engage in all aspects of the mentorship programme, including scheduled meetings, general communications, and travels. In general, this will require participants to prepare for and partake in the mentorship for around 2.5 hours per week, in addition to 2 weeks set aside for the in-person mentoring intensives. Continued participation is dependent on this active engagement.
  • The Building Beyond Mentorship Programme covers the costs related to the mentorship programme itself, including travel expenses and visa costs. Individuals are responsible for their own travel insurance. Further details on the covered expenses are communicated with successful applicants in a timeline manner.
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  • The deadline for the Building Beyond Mentorship Programme is 15 June 2023
  • The deadline for the submission of applications for the Building Beyond Mentorship Programme is on 15 June 2023 at 23.59 CEST.
  • Only complete submissions received in the platform before the deadline can be considered.


Types of opportunity: Funding
Deadline: 15 June 2023
Open to: All
Duration: Within a month
Organizer: Prince Claus Fund & the Creative Industries Fund NL
Country: Africa

. For questions about the Building Beyond Mentorship Programme e-mail them at
. For more information, visit the Building Beyond Mentorship Programme.

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