2023 Art Space Grant, a collaboration between KADIST and AFIELD
We are pleased to announce the two awardees of our 2023 Art Space Grant, a collaboration between KADIST and AFIELD: 32° East (Kampala, Uganda) and Patani Artspace (Patani, Thailand).
These two arts organizations have been chosen by a committee of 30 voters, belonging to KADIST and AFIELD’s advisory boards. They have been selected for both their artistic qualities and their advocacy for progressive ideas, addressing key issues of our time. Each of them will receive a grant of US$20,000.
32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust
32° East is an independent non-profit organization based in Kampala, Uganda, since 2011. As a home for art practitioners from Uganda and across the globe working in a variety of disciplines and at all stages of their careers, 32° East provides artists with the support, resources, and space they need to advance their craft, critically reflect our world, and imagine a new one. Their new purpose-built art centre includes studios for residencies, a contemporary art library, media equipment, meeting areas and workshop space. Beyond the residency, their programme also offers drop-in sessions for critique, workshops for practical skills, regular community gatherings, and Kampala’s longest-running public arts festival KLA ART. Through education, experimentation and connection 32° East aims to amplify the transformative power of art.
Patani Artspace, established in 2012, stands as the first art space and artist collective in the southern border provinces of Thailand. Acting as a source of publicizing and preservation of arts and culture and as an art learning center, the organization hosts artists from the region as well as from across the nation and around the world. Patani Artspace not only facilitates artistic self-expression but also serves as a venue for artists to showcase their work to the public and offers a platform for artistic residencies. The building provides opportunities to create meaningful connections and learning experiences, engaging with diverse communities. The location creates connections between artists and many different sectors, including civil society groups, activists, local administrators, politicians, tourists, government officials, and the villagers within the community.