About LuCAC AiR

The Artist in Residency Program (AiR)

Lucac AIR

The Lusaka Contemporary Art Centre (LuCAC) is proud to announce our in-house art residency program, designed to provide artists with the time, space, and resources to develop their work in a supportive and dynamic environment. Our residency program is open to artists of all disciplines, visual artists, writers, musicians, and more, who are interested in exploring the rich cultural landscape of Zambia and engaging in dialogue with it.

The residency program offers artists, both international and local. the opportunity to live and work at the art center for a period of 1 to 3 months, where they will have access to private studio space, as well as shared facilities such as a library, project space, and some basic equipment. Artists will also have the opportunity to engage with the local community through workshops and public events, and to participate in group critiques and where possible exhibitions.

The program is intended to be a creative and stimulating experience for artists, providing them with the opportunity to focus on their work, develop new ideas, and create new connections. Our goal is to provide a platform for emerging and established artists to connect with the local community and to bring new and diverse perspectives to the art scene in Zambia.

We believe that the art residency program is an important way to support the growth and development of artists in Zambia, and we are excited to welcome a diverse group of artists to the art center.

Reasons to choose it

  1. Access to private studio space: Artists will have access to a private studio space where they can work and develop their projects in a focused and uninterrupted environment.
  2. Shared facilities: Artists will have access to shared facilities such as a library, workshops, and equipment that will allow them to experiment and explore new thinking and approaches.
  3. Engagement with the local community: Artists will have the opportunity to engage with the local community through workshops, public events, and exhibitions, allowing them to learn from and connect with the local community.
  4. Networking opportunities: Artists will have the opportunity to connect with other artists, curators, and art professionals through group critiques, exhibitions, and other events, expanding their professional network.
  5. Focus on work development: The residency program provides an opportunity for artists to focus on the development of their work, without the distractions of daily life, allowing them to make significant progress on their projects.
  6. Cultural immersion: Artists will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture, learning about the history, art, and customs of Zambia and gaining inspiration for their work.
  7. Supportive environment: Artists will be part of a community of artists, receiving feedback and support from other resident artists and staff, fostering a creative and stimulating environment for the development of their work.
  8. Exhibition opportunity: Artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the art center, gaining exposure and showcasing their work to the public.
  9. Affordable accommodation: Artists will be provided with affordable but high-quality accommodation during the duration of the residency program.

Who is Eligible?


LuCAC AiR program is open year-round to both local and international applicants. The residency provides creative practitioners such as artists, writers, curators, researchers, and other cultural workers with the necessary space and time to work on a project of their choice.

The applications are reviewed and selected by members of the LuCAC Advisory Board. The selection process aims to keep a balance of local and international practices within the two residency spaces.

LuCAC AIR does not cover visa and travel costs. However, we are happy to provide relevant administrative guidance.

Applicants primarily seeking a residency aimed at the production are encouraged to source their own materials.

There is no fee to apply, and submissions will be received on an ongoing basis.

Applicants can expect a response to their application within two months of receipt.

Applications are accepted in English, all Zambian and Scandinavian languages.

Are you ready to apply ?

All we will need is some information about you and your creative work. Follow the link below to apply with your proposal, CV, and portfolio in PDF format.