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Thread is a site for artists from around the world to live and work in Sinthian, a rural village in Tambacounda, the southeastern region of Senegal. It houses two artists’ dwellings, as well as ample indoor and outdoor studio space.

The residency program facilitates the traveling to and inhabiting of the remote destination of Sinthian in order to allow more people from different parts of West Africa and the world to come to this inspiring location. The residency will not be limited to artists from abroad as it will also host local and Senegalese artists.

The residencies are awarded to dancers, painters, writers, choreographers, architects, designers, musicians and others who will be able to focus on their own work while at other times interacting with the local community and opening doors to a population that has little exposure to ulterior perspectives and forms of creativity not local to Sinthian.

After being selected for the residency, artists will discuss with the director of Thread and with its onsite manager, the program for their four to eight week stay. Each residency will be formulated around each artist’s needs, and the extent to which he or she hopes to engage with the people of Sinthian.

So Thread provides a new environment for making artwork, but we also hope it will tap into the rich practices of dance and music that have ebbed in the region lately.


Sinthian: Senegal

Facilities & Services

  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Accessibility: no

Stipends / other support

Additional expectations / opportunities