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The Henrike Grohs Art Award 2024 to Support African Art Excellence. Apply now


The Henrike Grohs Art Award is a special prize created every two years by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family. It’s a way to remember Henrike Grohs, who used to lead the Goethe-Institut in Abidjan. If you’re an artist and you’re interested, you can apply between July 17 and August 31, 2023.

About the Henrike Grohs Art Award
This award happens every two years and is organized by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family. It’s in memory of Henrike Grohs. They want to help young artists in Africa. It’s all about visual art. Being an artist in Africa can be tough, so the Henrike Grohs Art Award is to encourage new artists in African become better. Since 2018, the Henrike Grohs Art Award has helping amazing African artists. If you’re a visual artist in Africa, you can be part of it.

How Winner are chosen:
A group of experts from around the world will decide who wins. They will look at the best artists and pick one. They will get help from another group that chooses the best artists first.

The Prize
The main prize is given by a group of experts to one person or a group of people. They will get 20,000 euros. They also want to make a book about the winner’s art, so they will give 10,000 euros for that. Two more artists or groups will get 5,000 euros each. If a group wins, they share the money together.

Henrike Grohs Art Award
Henrike Grohs Art Award


  • Visual Artists in Africa: If you create pictures or other types of art and you live and work in Africa, you can apply for the award.
  • Art Experience: You need to have been making art for at least 5 years, and your art should form a collection that makes sense together.
  • One Application: You can apply only once during this application period.
  • Individuals and Groups: If you’re part of a group of artists, you can apply together as a team. However, you can also apply by yourself, even if you’re part of a group.
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Selection Process

  • Decision Makers: The people who choose the winners are called the “selection committee” and the “jury.” Once they decide, that’s the final decision. They won’t explain why they picked certain people.
  • Using Your Art: By applying, you agree that the organizers can use pictures of your art and the award event in books or on the internet. They won’t pay you for using these pictures.
  • Checking Information: The organizers can verify the information you provide at any time to make sure it’s accurate.
  • Once you submit your application, you can’t make changes to it.
  • Applying for the Henrike Grohs Art Award is free. You don’t have to pay anything.
  • Following the Rules: If the organizers or jury think an application doesn’t follow the rules, they can reject it.

Application Requirements
To apply, you need to create a PDF file that includes these things:

  • Artist Bio: A short description about yourself, not more than 200 words.
  • Artist Statement: A statement about your art and its meaning, not more than 750 words.
  • Art Examples: You can include up to 3 sets of your recent art. Each set should have at least 5 pieces of art.
  • File Limit: All of this should be in one PDF file, and the file size shouldn’t be bigger than 10MB.
  • Using Your Art: When you submit your application, you’re giving permission for the organizers to use pictures of your art and the award event in books or on the internet. They don’t have to pay you if your application is chosen.
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  • Application Submission: Artists can submit their applications using the online form within a specific time mentioned on the website. Applications received outside of this time will not be considered.
  • Shortlist Announcement: After the application period ends, the Selection Committee will review the applications and choose up to twenty artists. The names of these shortlisted artists will be announced on the website. They will also be informed by email.
  • Winner Selection: An international jury will then pick the winner and two runners-up from the shortlisted artists.
  • Prize Announcement: The winners of the award will be announced at an international event on the African continent, possibly a biennale. The exact timing might change depending on the availability of the organizers.
  • Announcements: The names of the shortlisted artists and the winner will be made public on the Henrike Grohs Art Award website.

How to Apply

To apply, click on this application link.

Previous Winners

In 2022, Gladys Kalichini from Zambia won the award.
In 2020, the award went to Jackie Karuti from Kenya.
In 2018, Em’kal Eyongakpa from Cameroon was the winner.

Helpful Resources

  • To learn from past award winners and their work, visit this link.
  • You can watch and learn from the 2020 event at this YouTube link or read about it here.


Type of Opportunity: Art Award
Deadline: August 31, 2023
Value: The award includes various prizes for winners
Open to: Artists living and working in Africa
Duration: Application period and winner announcement take place over several months
Location: The award event happens on the African continent
Organizer: The award is organized by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family
Country: Open to artists across Africa

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