Fertile Ground

Fertile Ground is a programme offering support and opportunities to our Seed Awardees.

Courtesy of Daniel Godinez Nivon

Fertile Ground

While one-off financial support can provide artists with a chance to develop their independent practice, we recognise that emerging talents need links to a wider cultural ecosystem for their sustainable career growth. In this spirit, we have partnered up with key organisations from our global network to provide our Seed Awardees with further opportunities and connections within a global cultural landscape.  

Fertile Ground connects Seed Awardees with organisations that offer the artists a platform to showcase their work, participate in residencies or workshops, while providing time and space to reflect with peers, form new connections, and meet with mentors who guide them in catalysing their professional development.  

Our programme partner organisations receive support to contribute to their sustainable development and enable continuity of their vital regional functions. All organisations are brought together to exchange and build the community and solidarity of global changemakers. 

The programme has been established driven by the Prince Claus Fund's vision of decentralising our work and nurturing a South-to-South cultural ecosystem through direct investment in the local infrastructures that our Seed Awardees engage with and depend on.    

Fertile Ground is partially made possible by Hawthornden Foundation.

Our partners

Our global partner network is at the forefront of creating arts ecosystems that work towards a more equitable future for all. Get to know some of our inspiring Fertile Ground Partners below. 

Tblisi Photo Festival


32* East





Libreria Mutante

O Menelick 2º Ato


Sister Library

Studio 8

A glance at our collaborations

In 2023, Tbilisi Photo Festival supported 5 Seed Awardees – female photographers and visual artists from their region. The festival arranged bespoke support to emerging artists to meet their specific needs, ranging from mentorship by a Magnum Photos photographer and professional assistance on new video work to financial support for the production of a solo exhibition. 

I Hate The Poetry by Seed Awardee Gvantsa Jishkariani. Image by Sera Dzneladze.
The exhibition "I Hate The Poetry" by Seed Awardee Gvantsa Jishkariani at The Why Not Gallery in Tbilisi, Georgia, was made possible by Fertile Ground partner Tbilisi Photo Festival. Image by Sera Dzneladze.

“I consider the Fertile Ground programme as one of the most intelligent and extra useful programmes both for artists and the organizations. It is an incredible chance to be part of it,” Nestan Nijaradze, Tbilisi Photo Festival's artistic director and co-founder.  

What’s more, the Fertile Ground programme also contributed towards the sustainability of Tbilisi Photo Festival, which found itself in a precarious situation in the last years when political developments shifted funding priorities away from arts and culture.