The Thami Mnyele Foundation was established in 1990 as a tribute to South African activist artist Thami Mnyele. Since then, the Foundation has been able to present an ‘award’ to more than one hundred and thirty artists from across the continent of Africa and the diasporas. It’s a small artist in residency in an old school building in Amsterdam West next to the ten Kate Market.
The core activity of the Thami Mnyele Foundation is the realisation of an award in the form of an artists in residence program for African artists and the Diaspora. During their stay, the foundation offers artists an intensive ‘tailor-made’ guidance program in collaboration with the selection committee or the institute they work with. Through this unique combination of guest accommodation and an intensive coaching program tailored to the artist, the foundation aims to promote personal contact, artistic confrontations and exchanges between artists from African countries, the diaspora and people from the art field in the Netherlands and Amsterdam in particular. The residency is a place for reflection, where research into artistic processes can take place, in order to achieve an optimal cultural exchange through this method.