bloc // August 18, 2009

DIY Kenya Commission ⁄⁄

Date: Deadline: 14 May 2010
Time: 1pm

The DIY Kenya commission is a new residency opportunity developed by bloc for technologists, creatives and collectives based in Wales to travel to rural Kenya. The aim of the residency is to develop innovative ideas, products, events, interventions or artworks in response to everyday African concerns.

What: A commission for a creative practitioner/s (2 people max) from Wales to be in residence in rural Kenya and develop an innovative project during a three-week period.

When: 18 July- 10 August, 2010

Where: Phase 1: 20 July ´ 3 August. Practitioners will be based at the Kwale Homeopathic College and Health Center – www.4kenia.nl
Phase 2: 4-10 August. Practitioners will be based in Nairobi and participating at Maker Faire Africa 2010 – www.makerfaireafrica.com

Please note that we are not currently able to offer the successful applicant a fee. However, all travel, accommodation and medical costs will be covered, along with a small materials budget. We will also provide comprehensive support during the duration of the residency.

For further information, eligibility criteria and an application form please go to http://www.bloc.org.uk/cgi-bin/showbig.cgi?id=109

Deadline for submissions: 1pm, 14 May 2010

This commission is supported by Wales Arts International and British Council Wales

Outline:

What will you be doing in Kenya?

The first phase of the commission is to research and develop your ideas by participating in village life and leading workshops with members of the Kwale Homeopathic College and Health Center. The Center opened its doors three years ago, as both a permanent homeopathic clinic and a full-time homeopathic college for local girls aged 18-29, which offers continuous and substantial health services for the region.

Your research should investigate the work of the Center and the community which it serves, and devise, with members of the community, a new, innovative and practical approach or intervention to a local issue. The work may involve the use of technology, but this is not a necessity. Preference will be given to approaches that are collaborative and open. Proposals that relate to communication, energy, water, agriculture, women, health or sustainable living will be of particular interest to the Center.

The second phase of the commission will be to present your work and participate in Maker Faire Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. This may be a finished piece or a work in progress. Maker Faire Africa is an inclusive, collaborative and interdisciplinary event with an emphasis on user-generated or open-source ways of working.

We would like to stress that applicants do not need homeopathic experience, however an open mind and willingness to experiment is essential.

What does the commission include? 


- Please note that we are not currently able to offer the successful applicant a fee. However, all the items listed below are included as well as comprehensive support during the duration of the residency.
- Return airfare London Heathrow ´ Nairobi
- Travel from Nairobi to Kwale as well as travel throughout Nairobi
- Accommodation at the Kwale Homeopathic College and Health Center
- Accommodation at a hostel near Maker Faire Africa
- A daily stipend fee for food throughout your stay in Kenya
- A single-entry visa into Kenya
- A small fee towards materials
- All Vaccinations prior to travel
- The opportunity to present work alongside makers at Maker Faire Africa
- Assistance and support by local Kenyans throughout your stay

Sponsors:

Wales Arts International, British Council Wales

Area: all wales