South Africa’s traumatic social history, its remarkable transformation and its diversity of culture and landscape, is a crucible for creative engagement. NIROX offers residency to international and local artists, providing insight and access to the region’s extraordinary cultural and environmental heritage. Conversely, artists bring their spotlight into the region. The program has no predilection for style or dogma, emphasizing work that is relevant, challenging and uplifting
Principal Residence: Large two-bedroom house with 100 sq meter double volume studio and office, lounge, dining area and entertainment facilities.
Cottage: Comfortable two bedroom self-contained cottage with 40 sq meter adjoining studio.
Sculpture workshop: An 80 sq meter workshop adjoining the principal residence.
Coolroom Studio: A 170 sq metre independent garden studio with screening room.
Services: Fully-staffed, full board accommodation with internet connection and all modern conveniences.
Khatlhampi Private Reserve: Resident artists have access to the Reserve with qualified game rangers and, if they require, arrangements can be made for assistance from palaeontologists, geoscientists and speleologists who are able to give a deep insight into the unique surroundings.
Cradle of Humankind: Access to palaeontology and archaeology: Within 47,000 hectares of protected UNESCO approved Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, world-renowned Sterkfontein Caves, Malapa and many other significant active hominid working sites.
NIROX provides free full board, fully serviced accommodation and studio facilities. Managerial and curatorial staff assist artists to fulfill their residency objectives.
Artists are required to provide their own international and local travel & production costs. The foundation will assist in efforts to obtain sponsorship from country culture desks & other interested institutions.
NIROX is 45 minutes from central Johannesburg and Tshwane; 15 minutes from Lanseria Airport.
ARTIST WORKS AND ACTIVITIES
Artists have no fixed work imperative but are required to leave an artwork for the Foundation’s collection; and participate in building the archival records of the residency
Artists are exposed to, and are encouraged to exchange ideas with, local artists, scientists, institutions and communities. Collaboration and establishing mutual networks, is encouraged.
NIROX’s reach into local life provides meaningful contact across all cultures and stimulates engagement with museums, galleries, institutions and academia.