Call for applications

What comes first?

Call for applications

What comes first?

Call for applications


AtWork Milan (Italy) – Partner: BASE
When: January 24th-28th, 2022

AtWork Paris (France) – Partner: Palais de Tokyo
When: February 12th-16th, 2022

AtWork Johannesburg (South Africa) – Partner: The Smithsonian Museum of African Art, Constitution Hill
When: August 26 – 30th, 2022

AtWork N’Djamena (Chad) – Partner AKA, French Institute of Chad
When: October 24 – 28, 2022

Moleskine Foundation launches a call for young international creative talents to participate in its itinerant educational format AtWork under the umbrella topic: “What comes first?”.

AtWork “What comes first?” curatorial statement by Simon Njami, AtWork advisor:

There has been an ongoing debate between Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus on choices and responsibility. When asked what his choice between his mother and his country would be, Camus replied without any hesitation, my mother. Of course, Sartre, who placed the idea and the cause above everything, disagreed. We are faced on daily basis, with critical choices that force us to take a stand or an action. The way we decide what comes first is never as fixed as for Sartre and Camus. There are times where we would make different choices and chose different priorities, depending on the situation. But the reality is that it is a question we shall never be able to answer at our full satisfaction. It is like trying to answer the impossible question: what came first, between the egg and the hen. Aristotle tried to venture a solution: “the domain of becoming is opposed to that of the essence, because what is posterior in the generational order is, by nature, anterior and what comes first by nature is last in the generational order.” But we are all free to disagree.

What is AtWork?

AtWork is an itinerant educational format conceived by Moleskine Foundation and Simon Njami that unlocks the creative potential of young people through critical thinking, growing their sense of self-awareness and self-confidence, and stimulating their changemaking attitude.
It contributes to building a new generation of creative thinkers and doers.
To find out everything about AtWork format click here.

How does it work?

Each AtWork Chapter is made of the following:

  • a 5-day intensive workshop (from 10:AM to 6:PM) on the topic “What comes first?” that culminates in:
  • an exhibition of the notebooks created during the workshop;
  • a community made of other participants present during the experience, and whose connectivity is continued online thereafter (via Facebook), connecting to the wider AtWork alumni globally.

Each workshop includes 25 participants and will be conducted by a prominent artist or intellectual that is part of our AtWork Faculty.


How should I apply?

  • Please fill out the application form below.
  • The selection process will be based on the information you provide and will be effectuated by Moleskine Foundation and our respective local partner in charge of the workshop organisation.

Why should I apply?

  • You need a deeper understanding of your purpose and sense of self
  • You want to exercise your critical thinking and creative doing skills
  • You want to gain extra confidence to create social change in your community
  • You want to be confronted with the exceptional personalities leading you on this journey as well as the community of international like-minded creative pioneers.

Who can apply?

  • If you are a young person between 18 – 27 y.o.
  • If you are intellectually curious and are ready to work on your self-development.
  • If you are passionate about transforming your community through culture and creativity.
  • If you are proficient in English.
  • Applications from around the world are welcome.
  • Applications from all the minority groups are encouraged; this is an inclusive program.

Do I have to pay for the experience?

If you are selected to participate, you are automatically awarded Moleskine Foundation scholarship that will cover your participation fees.

What happens if I am selected for a scholarship?

  • You will receive an email confirming your selection and will be asked to confirm your desire to participate.
  • The Moleskine Foundation scholarship will cover your participation fee for the workshop days.  Lunch will also be provided for all the days of the workshop.
  • You will have to cover your travel and accommodation costs if you live outside of the country/city where the workshop is taking place.
  • You will be contacted by our local partner with the details of the workshop.