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Raw Material Company
A center for art, knowledge and society
Statut : Société de droit privé
Adresse : 4074 bis Sicap Amitié 2 Dakar
Pays concerné : Sénégal
Téléphone(s) : +221 33 864 0248


RAW MATERIAL COMPANY is a center for art, knowledge and society established in Dakar since 2008. It is an art initiative unfolding within the realms of exhibition making, commissioning, knowledge sharing, and archiving of theory and criticism. It works to foster appreciation and growth of African artistic and intellectual creativity. The underlying rationale of its program is the firm belief in visual arts as a potent tool capable of shifting views, and ignite engagement for art practice as a viable path for social and political transformation. The program is transdisciplinary and is equally informed by urbanity, literature, film, architecture, politics, fashion, cuisine, and diaspora.

The core of RAW MATERIAL COMPANY is the resource centre, RAWBASE, offering a sustained discursive program through artist talks, portfolio review sessions, masterclasses, symposia, lectures, panel and round table discussions and research presentations. RAWBASE aims at establishing an extensive library/archive on contemporary art with an emphasis on African and Africa related practices. The facility is directed towards a national as well as an international educational and research audience.

Additional operational tools are RAW Gallery, a 100 sq m. exhibition space, and RAW Residency, a residential facility for artists, curators and writers specializing in photography, video and art in the public space. La Compagnie, a roof top bar/restaurant, rounds up the concept of an independent space for art practice and critical exchange.

RAW MATERIAL COMPANY is generously supported by its income generating activities, private donors as well as Arts Collaboratory and the Danish Arts Council.