South Africa’s traumatic social history, its remarkable transformation and its diversity of culture and landscape, is a crucible for creative engagement. NIROX offers residency to international and local artists, providing insight and access to the region’s extraordinary cultural and environmental heritage. Conversely, artists bring their spotlight into the region. The program has no predilection for style or dogma, emphasizing work that is relevant, challenging and uplifting.


Principal Residence: Large two-bedroom house with 100 sq meter double volume studio and office, lounge, dining area and entertainment facilities.

Cottage: Comfortable two bedroom self-contained cottage with 40 sq meter adjoining studio.

Sculpture workshop: An 80 sq meter workshop adjoining the principal residence.

Coolroom Studio: A 170 sq metre independent garden studio with screening room.

Services: Fully staffed, full board accommodation with internet connection and all modern conveniences.

Khatlhampi Private Reserve: Resident artists have access to the Reserve with qualified game rangers and, if they require, arrangements can be made for assistance from palaeontologists, geoscientists and speleologists who are able to give a deep insight into the unique surroundings.

Cradle of Humankind: Access to palaeontology and archaeology: Within 47,000 hectares of protected UNESCO approved Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. World renowned Sterkfontein Caves, Malapa and many other significant active hominid working sites.


NIROX provides free full board, fully serviced accommodation and studio facilities. Managerial and curatorial staff assist artists to fulfill their residency objectives.

Artists are required to provide their own international and local travel & production costs. The foundation will assist in efforts to obtain sponsorship from country culture desks & other interested institutions.

NIROX is 45 min from central Johannesburg and Tswane; 60 min from OR Tambo Airport; and 20 min from Lanseria Airport.

Willem Boshoff | 14th July to 8th September 2017


Willem Boshoff was born in 1951 and grew up in Vanderbijlpark, a town on the the Vaal River, 75 kilometre south of Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa. His father, Martiens, was a trained carpenter and Boshoff grew up with a love for wood and respect for technical expertise.

Currently Boshoff is based at his home and studio in Johannesburg. Emma and Willem, his two younger children, are in school in Aberystwyth. His two older children live in Johannesburg, where Karen works as a graphic designer and Martin as an industrial designer.

Under Henrie Pretorius, an inspired teacher at high school, he decided to become a sculptor when he was fifteen years old. His decision did not meet the approval of the conservative elements in his old school and he was only allowed to formally study art if he simultaneously followed a teaching course. This proved to be valuable because he delighted in subjects of psychological and philosophical emphasis.

Willem Boshoff’s academic career spans a period of more than twenty years and he is a former head of the Department of Fine Art of the Technikon Witwatersrand (now University of Johannesburg). His qualifications include an honorary doctorate from the University of Johannesburg. He is a renowned teacher and although he has been a full-time practicing artist in South Africa and internationally since 1996, he still retains strong ties with many academic institutions. He still regularly acts as external examiner in the fine art departments/faculties of, amongst others, the University of Stellenbosch, the University of Cape Town, the University of Pretoria and Rhodes University in Grahamstown.

Boshoff decided not to exhibit his artwork in a public gallery until he was thirty years old and had his first exhibition at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in 1981. His major works include KYKAFRIKAANS (1980), an anthology of concrete poetry, the Blind Alphabet Project (1995), Writing in the Sand (2001) and Garden of Words (a project in progress since 1982). His work has been shown extensively in South Africa and internationally, notably at the Johannesburg Biennale; São Paulo Biennale; Venice Biennale; Havana Biennale; the Museum for African Art at the Smithsonian, Washington; the Triennale für Kleinplastik in Stuttgart (where he was awarded the Ludwig Giess Prize); Museo Nacional, Centro de Arte, Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam; White Box Gallery, New York; MUseum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen; Galerie Asbæk in Copenhagen, Sonsbeek Internationaal, Arnhem, Netherlands and Art Unlimited at the Basel Art Fair. He won a Golden Loerie award in cooperation with Ogilvie International for his artwork Abamfusa Lawula (1997).

Boshoff has delivered guest lectures on the interaction of the visual and audio arts at various universities and he has published numerous essays and articles. He derives pleasure in a collection of avant-garde music, Gregorian chant and ethnic music. He spends much of his time compiling dictionaries and his first, A Dictionary of Colour was written in 1977. These dictionaries often form the basis for his artworks. Some are A Dictionary of Perplexing English, Beyond the Epiglottis, What Every Druid Should Know, Dictionary of Manias and Phobias, the Dictionary of Morphology, the Dictionary of–ologies and –isms, A Dictionary of Beasts and Demons, as well as the Dictionary of Winds, and the Dictionary of Obscure Financial Terms. He also visits all major gardens in the world to do research for his Garden of Words and Big Druid projects.

Alice Edy | 20th August - 14 September 2017


Alice Edy is a South African artist working primarily in public space through large scale text-based interventions. Edy is interested in the functions of language in the broadest sense; often working with digital “found texts” including html and binary coding, mapping out malware and viruses, glitches and programming. Drawing on calligraphy as both an aesthetic and performative mode of textual (re)presentation, Edy agitates the distinctions between language and image, digital and analog, the eternal and the obsolete.

Hector Hernandes Rosas


EDUCATION 2016. Creativity and Strategies in contemporary photography. Javier Vallhonrat, EFTI, Spain 2014. Research and Creation in Fine Arts MA graduate [MIAC]. The Complutense University of Madrid, Spain 2012. University Degree in Fine Arts. The Complutense University of Madrid. Spain WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS 2015. Sound as an artistic material. Miguel Álvarez-Fernández. Art and Development. Madrid, Spain 2013. Art and Ecology. Ecocriticism Research Group (GIECO) and UCM Art and Ecology I+D, Alcalá de Henares University, Spain 2013. Artistic, Ecological and Collaborative Practices in Marginal Areas. Art and Ecology I+D. CA2M. Móstoles, Spain 2013. Soundscape and field recordings Workshop. Edu Comelles. The Complutense University of Madrid, Spain 2013. Art-science dialogues: Workshop for creating projects around water. Esther Moñivas. UCM, Spain 2013. Film Photography applied to audiovisual creation in Fine Arts. UCM, Spain 2013. The Poem. Use instructions. Reading and writing poetry. José María Parreño. UCM, Spain RESIDENCES, FELLOWSHIPS AND STIPENDS 2016. Finalist work. Lumínico. México 2016. Leveld Kunstnartun residency. Leveld, Norway 2016. ARE HOLLAND residency. Enschede, Netherlands 2015. INTRANSIT. Madrid 2015. ECOISMI 2015. Isla Borromeo Natural Park. Milan, Italy 2015. Process Room V. MadridArtProcess 2014. Casa de Velázquez residency. Acadèmie de France à Madrid, Spain 2013. Second Art and Ecology I+D Seminar. Artistic, Ecological and Collaborative Practices in Marginal Areas. CA2M, Madrid 2011. Collaboration fellowship with the Sculpture Department. The Complutense University of Madrid, Spain 2010. Ayllón fellowship. The Complutense University of Madrid. Segovia, Spain GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2016. Al Kulturhus. Al, Norway 2015. ECOISMI 2015. Isla Borromeo Natural Park, Milan, Italy 2014. Saque de Puerta. Curated by Daniel Silvo. Complutense Art Center (CAC). Madrid, Spain 2014. Casa de Velázquez. Madrid, Spain 2013. h2o: emergencies. Curated by Esther Moñivas. XIII Science Week in Madrid, Spain 2011. Video and Animation Festival. The Complutense University of Madrid, Spain 2011. Complutense Art Center. (CAC). Madrid, Spain 2010. Museum of Contemporary Art Palacio del Obispo Vellosillo. Segovia, Spain SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2017. Friluftsliv. Sala del Episcopio. Ávila, Spain 2016. When trees speak… Dynamo Expo. Enschede, Netherelands 2013. Growth. Holmes Art Space. Montecarmelo Spain PUBLICATIONS 2016. Hernández, H. Biophilia. The climate as an artistic experience. ISBN: 978-84-617-6271-2. Madrid: Palabras de imágenes

Gordon Froud | 4th April to 7th August 2017


Gordon Froud has been actively involved in the South African and international art world as artist, educator, curator and gallerist for the last 30 years. He has shown on hundreds of solo and group shows in South Africa and overseas and has served on many arts committees throughout South Africa. He has judged many of the important Art competitions from local to national levels in South Africa.

Froud graduated with a BA(FA)Hons from the University of Witwatersrand in 1987, a Higher education Diploma from the same university in 1987 and a master’s degree in Sculpture from the University of Johannesburg in 2009 where he runs the Sculpture department as a senior lecturer. He has taught continuously at school and tertiary level in South Africa and in London since 1990. He directed gordart Gallery in Johannesburg from 2003 to 2009 showcasing work by new, upcoming artists. where he showcased the work of new, up and coming artists. He shows on more than 20 exhibitions a year.


Realness Screenwriting Residency 2017


Urucu Media, under the mentorship of Berlinale Talents, in partnership with Nirox Foundation, Durban Filmmart, The Durban International Film Festival, Durban Talents, Ten10 Films, The French Institute of South Africa and Institute Français’s Cinémas du Monde, Torino Film Lab, EAVE Producer’s Workshop, Midpoint Feature Launch and Locarno Filmmaker’s Academy proudly presents REALNESS, a screenwriters residency for a new generation of African cinema.

REALNESS is a pioneering residency initiative that affords five emerging African writer/directors the opportunity to cultivate their screenplays in a supportive and nurturing space. Its aim is to not only nurture and train five filmmakers per year but to foster a New Wave of Authentic African Cinema. It is a year round support system to the alumni, helping them to bring their scripts from the page to the screen.

For 6 weeks, the residents work from the beautiful home and gardens of the Nirox Foundation in the Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg. The programme culminates with participation at the Durban Film Mart where the residents are able to publicly present their projects and take one-to-one meetings. They then have a further 6 weeks to complete their drafts from home, whereafter they are submitted to our partners for awards consideration.

Each project is eligible for scholarships to attend Locarno Filmmakers Academy, Torino Film Lab Meeting Event, EAVE Producer’s Workshop, Midpoint Feature Launch and La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde in Cannes.

Meet the Realness 2017 Residents Here


Artists have no fixed work imperative but are required to leave an artwork for the Foundation’s collection; and participate in building the archival records of the residency

Artists are exposed to, and are encouraged to exchange ideas with, local artists, scientists, institutions and communities. Collaboration and establishing mutual networks, is encouraged.

NIROX’s reach into local life provides meaningful contact across all cultures and stimulates engagement with museums, galleries, institutions and academia.


Jake Aikman
Sophia Ainslie
Akindiya Akirash
Zuleikha Allana
Anna Nordquist Anderson
Beth Diane Armstrong
Steve Bandoma
Valerio Berruti
Atul Bhalla
Peter Bialobreski
Caroline Bittermann
Michael Blake
Sean Blem
Dineo Bopape
Willem Boshoff
Eric Bourret
Franki Burger
Carla Busuttil
Mira Calix
Mia Chaplin
Clifford Charles
Rebecca Chesney
Mat Chivers
Zuleika Chaudhari
Priyanka Chaudhary
Marco Cianfanelli
Alain Clement
Hannelie Coetzee
Steven Cohen
Ruann Coleman
The Cool Couple

Christian Courreges
Ingrid de Kok
Katharien de Villiers

Thomas Demand
Godfried Donkor
Antoine Donzeaud

Auke de Vries
Barend de Wet
Tatjana Doll
Chris Drury
Marlene Dumas
Michel Duport
Paul du Toit
Alinka Echeveria
Victor Ehikhamenor


NIROX collaborates with local museums, galleries and academic institutions. It has good working relations with leading local curators. It augments the commercial arts community, without competing and without favor. It is intimate with the local arts media and has good knowledge of the local market.


NIROX collaborates with local museums, galleries and academic institutions. It has good working relations with leading local curators. It augments the commercial arts community, without competing and without favor. It is intimate with the local arts media and has good knowledge of the local market.