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.
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 is led by Princess Marylin Douala Manga Bell in Doual'art, Cameroun for a duration of 5 weeks from October 02nd to November 03rd, 2023.
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.