The TAF & Sylt Emerging Artist Residency Award (TASA)

The Turbine Art Fair is delighted to partner with the SYLT FOUNDATION’S generous residency project, which allows an artist the luxury of space, time and artistic freedom.


Sarah Biggs was awarded the 2015 TAF & Sylt Emerging Artist Residency Award (TASA). This Residency is awarded annually to an emerging artist living in South Africa as part of Turbine Art Fair and the Sylt Foundation’s Residency Programme.


The TASA 2016 prize will be officially presented during the Turbine Art Fair.

“The TASA award has found its place within the landscape of the South African contemporary arts. I am really excited that this year’s winner Sarah Biggs will have the chance to engage with the delicate nature of the island through her art and am sure she will profit from the time on Sylt”, says Indra Wussow


Sylt Building and outer

A multi-disciplinary cultural Foundation based on the island of Sylt


About the Sylt Foundation

A multi-disciplinarycultural Foundation based on the island of Sylt in the North Sea and three hours by train from Hamburg, has been home to painters, musicians and writers for 130 years.

The flat landscape, bordered by water on all sides has an overarching endless sky. The wind and the special quality of light offered scientists research opportunities over several centuries. For creative people it provided the quiet space conducive to reflection and contemplation.

Today the small towns and villages on Sylt offer relaxation in the summer months for German holidaymakers who enjoy the watersports, bathing in the choppy North Sea, cycling and hiking along the many dedicated paths which crisscross the landscape. A variety of small restaurants, B&B’s and holiday homes built in a unique Sylt style, give the island its distinctive atmosphere.

The Sylt Foundation initiates and supports innovative contemporary literary, visual art and performance projects with the aim to encourage cultural dialogue and artistic interaction. It offers these international multi-disciplinary artists, performers and writers the opportunity to live and work in a quiet environment; one which stimulates creative conversations and the exchange of ideas. It provides a valuable cultural experience.

The Sylt Foundation in Rantum and its dependence in Johannesburg under the directorship of literary scholar and curator Indra Wussow, invites selected writers, artists and composers from Africa and Europe to take up residencies of one or two months. There is an emphasis on artists from Sub-Saharan Africa. Each year artists participate in the residency programme and share their artistic experiences. This opportunity provides creative free time for artists, writers and performers to pursue their projects, initiate new opportunities and experience stimulating cultural interaction.

Wussow states, “The Sylt Foundation is for artists interested in multiple areas of interaction and co-operation. The Sylt Foundation is intended as a place of beginnings: of ideas, of creative projects initiated throughout the year”.

Every year international writers, artists and performers take up a two months residency at the Sylt Foundation, where they are given excellent studio accommodation, a stipend, administrative and logistical support. Their residencies provide a creative free time for these artists, writers and performers which allows them to conceptualize and develop their projects, initiate new opportunities and experience stimulating cultural interaction and dialogue through sharing their artistic experiences with other artists in residence.

The South African Visual Artist’s Residency has previously been awarded to luminaries such as South African artists: Jacki McInnes, Strijdom van der Merwe, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Paul Emmanuel, Bernie Searle, Lien Botha, Santu Mofokeng  and Mary Sibande to name a few.



Indra Wussow: indra@syltfoundation.com or 076-501 42 91