is a center for art, knowledge and society. It is an initiative involved with curatorial practice, artistic education, residencies, knowledge production, and archiving of theory and criticism on art.

It works to foster appreciation and growth of artistic and intellectual creativity in Africa. The programme is trans-disciplinary and is equally informed by literature, film, architecture, politics, fashion, cuisine and diaspora.  

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RAW Académie is back, apply now!


DEADLINE: 25/06/2023

EDITION: Session 10

DIRECTED BY: doual'art

LOCATION: Douala, Cameroun

DURATION: 5 weeks

AGENDA: October- November 2023

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RAW Académie Session 10 LANDMARKS goes beyond the dichotomy of public and private to explore how art in urban space allows conciliation between private desires, public needs, and collective imaginaries. Under the artistic direction of doual’art, Landmarks is rooted in the association’s three decades of experience curating and caring for artworks that are - to use the words of its founder, Princesse Marilyn Douala Manga Bell - “in resonance with” urban space. 

The program will not only look back to what has been created, but to how this is shaping Douala’s present and future. These pieces become sites of material and affective mutation, in symbiosis with the inevitable changes which are constantly underway in the lives of the city’s people. Not simply part of the landscape, they are landmarks. We are concerned with the legal, ethical and conceptual issues raised by this question. Ultimately, we will ask what the implications are for our role in shaping the spaces we share with other life, both human and non-human. 

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Application process

RAW Académie is a tuition-free experimental study program. A maximum of 10 fellows are selected for each session. The application process is online only, and runs from May 15 until June 25, 2023. Only the first 75 applications will be considered for review. 

The selection committee for Session 10 is made up of the curatorial teams of doual’art and RAW Material Company. Only short-listed applicants will be notified and invited for an online interview, the final selection will be made by July 15.


RAW Academy is an experimental programme for the research and study of artistic and curatorial practice and thought. The program usually takes place in Dakar for 7 weeks but can be deployed outside the city. It is dedicated to a dynamic reflection on artistic research, curatorial practice and critical writing. Originally, two separate sessions were organized each year; today, the rhythm is of one session per year. Each session is directed by a lead faculty who has displayed an off-the-beaten-track practice in regard to art, curating and art criticism.

Session 10 will be led by Princess Marylin Douala Manga Bell in Douala, in the fall of 2023.

Ker Issa

Ker Issa, RAW Material Company’s residency programme started in 2011 and has welcomed more than 40 artists, writers, researchers, curators, etc. from various nationalities, in Dakar. Ker Issa is open to visual artists interested in any medium, from writers, musicians, filmmakers and architects to curators, researchers or student researchers. 

Ker Issa is located in the Baobabs neighbourhood and has the capacity to welcome two artists in residence. The space is a 15 minute walk from RAW's headquarters and is 20 minutes by car from Dakar's downtown. 




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