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Cape Town on fire
Anyone capture the flames?

22.02.00 Annual Manuscript Exhibition 2000

The second annual Manuscript Exhibition takes place later this year and submissions are requested. The first such exhibition was shown at Carfax, Johannesburg in November 1999, and is now travelling to a number of venues round the country in 2000, including the Tatham Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, from April 6 - 30, and the NSA in Durban from May 7 - 12. There will be poetry readings and performances at the openings. Botsotso will also conduct Poetry Performance and Manuscript Making Workshops. Negotiations are currently underway with the Sandton Civic Gallery, the Grahamstown Festival and a gallery in Port Elizabeth. A catalogue is also being being produced.

What is a manuscript?

It can be:

  • A solo or a collective effort.
  • A journal, notes and graphics which either document, add to or run parallel to your life.
  • A combination of a fetish and the ordering of things.
  • An unpublished volume of poetry, collection of short stories, novel or documentary.
  • A thesis or other research
  • Your notes and any other gatherings in pictorial form or otherwise.

Applicants for the Manuscript Exhibition 2000 are required to supply the following information-

Physical address
Postal address
Home and work telephone numbers
Fax and e-mail details
Are you-
an artist? a writer? an academic? a researcher? Or other? (describe).

You must make a contribution of R100 to assist with admin costs on delivery of your work. Deadline for applications is June 30 and the exhibition takes place from September 9 - 23 at Boekehuis, 34 Fawley St, Melville, Johannesburg. There will be poetry and other performances taking place at the opening. A Poetry Performance workshop will be conducted by Botsotso on Saturday September 9 from 9am - 1pm.

For further information contact:
Anna Varney (co-ordinator)

22.02.00 1999 Business Day/ BASA Awards for Business and the Arts

If you sponsored the arts during 1999, you are eligible to enter the third Business Day/ BASA (Business and Arts South Africa) Awards for business and the arts. If you are an arts organisation, you can nominate your sponsor. The closing date for entries is February 29, 2000. These awards, jointly sponsored by Business Day and Business and Arts South Africa, recognise and encourage excellence and innovation in the field of business support for the arts. The awards are open to all companies sponsoring arts events, projects or organisations in South Africa and to all companies sponsoring arts events overseas.

The 1999 awards will relate to sponsorships made from January 1 - December 31 1999. This includes long-term or ongoing sponsorships current during that period. There are ten business awards in ten categories, each of equal value. In each case, a specially commissioned work of art will be given to the winning sponsor. Award categories are subject to change, but may include:

  • Best use of a commission of new art
  • First time sponsor
  • Long term development
  • Strategic sponsorship
  • Increasing access to the arts
  • International sponsorship
  • Single project
  • Sponsorship by a small business
  • Sponsorship in kind
  • Youth sponsorship

BASA will appoint an independent panel of judges, which will evaluate the success of each sponsorship in achieving the objectives of the sponsor and in bringing genuine benefits to the arts organisation. Factors such as location, access for marginalised groups such as the disabled, the size of the sponsoring company and the innovative nature of the sponsorship will be taken into account. All businesses that have sponsored any arts organisation, project or event, in any discipline or disciplines (visual and performing arts, music, theatre, dance, literature, poetry, festival, film etc.) are invited to enter for these awards. In cases where sponsorship has been shared, all sponsoring companies are eligible for nomination.

The nomination/entry form may be completed by the sponsoring company and/or the arts organisation, except in the Strategic Sponsorship category which must be completed by the business itself. A shortlist of nominations in each category will be published in April 2000, followed by the awards presentation and publication of a survey profiling corporate sponsorship of the arts in May. The closing date for entries is February 29, 2000.

Contact BASA (BASA) for more information and nomination/entry forms-
Tel: (011) 784 9994/5
Fax (011) 784 9996

22.02.00 FOTO' 2000 Photographic Competition

All photographers are invited to participate in the 9th annual Photographic Competition - FOTO 2000. The competition, which prides itself on maintaining a high standard and prestige, is sponsored by the City of Tygerberg and is organised by the Arts Association of Bellville. A prize of R1000 will be awarded to the overall winner as well as R500 for each of the following categories: Best Colour photograph, Best Black and White photograph, Best Photoseries and Best Photograph in the Open category.

Entry forms for the competition will be available from 14 April 2000 at the Arts Association of Bellville and the closing date for entries will be the May 31. Judging will take place on June 1. The prizewinners and the selected photographs will be on exhibition in the Arts Association of Bellville Gallery from June 7 - 29.

For further information, as well as entry forms, please contact Debbie or Lemvia at (021) 918-2301.

22.02.00 Blackrock opens in Eastern Cape

After many setbacks, Blackrock, in Gonubie, is officially open. We originally planned Blackrock to be a College with set courses, but our ideas are now evolving into creating a holistic environment where artists can feed off working with each other in a relaxed informal environment. We still intend to run 'crit' sessions every week in which artists can bring their work to be discussed amongst their peers. We want to encourage an approach to art practice where people can learn from each other by being practically involved in making artwork. We are hoping that artists will be attracted to this region of South Africa for all of its exciting possibilities.

At present the studio prices will remain low as the studio, albeit complete, is of a basic nature. The accommodation facilities are yet to be built but there is very good camping space (with small ablution facilities) available which is included in the studio price for those who wish to stay on Blackrock premises. The fact that Blackrock wishes to keep its prices down is to the advantage of all serious artists who normally have to balance their free time with other work commitments. Those wishing to be involved should make use of this opportunity. Artists with initiative will realize the challenge of a limited environment and how this can affect the way they make their work. We are hoping to keep studio costs as low as possible and will also be awarding 1 free residence (for a period of 4 months) a year to a South African artist who is severely financially challenged.

The philosophy of Blackrock is one of self-development without all the normal Art School 'support systems'. This means that artists are encouraged to: work without supervision; to share their work process with other artists; to work with basic materials and tools; to develop a personal vision and to challenge their present work ethos. We have chosen the location for Blackrock with these ideas in mind. The natural beauty of the place is just one of the many good reasons. The more important reasons are related to its location- it is just far enough from the city centre to make an unnecessary trip too much of a bother and encourage staying at the workbench. This also presents interesting problems related to obtaining equipment, encouraging lateral and practical thinking for problem solving. To say it simply and briefly, Blackrock is for self-development and creation of honest artworks in an informal and supportive environment. It is a challenge and an opportunity to meet other artists from across the board. Blackrock can only cater for small groups at a time, our present limit is 14 artists and we intend to keep numbers low. Therefore booking is essential. There are a few house rules which pertain to personal space, equipment, residents' and personal safety which need to be adhered to.

We are at present making contact with galleries and art establishments in the area with the interest of creating a network for local and international artists. These include, Anne Bryant Art Gallery; Frontiers Art Gallery & Studio's; Thomas Art Consultants; EL College of Fine Art, PE Technikon, King George VI Art Gallery; Thossie Theron Gallery; Cyprus College of Art; PRESCAP (Preston Community Art Project) and several interested individuals.

To book a place, you need to obtain an application form and send it to us along with a one page CV with 4 photographs (colour-copied onto an A4 is acceptable) to reach us within two weeks of your intended stay. Generally speaking, first come first serve, so don't leave it to the last minute or you may find you can not be accommodated. Artists who are impoverished and wish to apply for the residency need to get a comprehensive portfolio with a written motivation to Blackrock before May 1, 2000 (residency is from June 1).

Our contact details, for application forms and prices of accommodation are:

Blackrock Art, PO Box 518, Gonubie, 5256, South Africa
Tel: 082 320-3201
Fax: 043 740-1894

22.02.00 September Song 2000

September Song, a celebration of modern creativity, will be incorporating into its activities this year an open exhibition and sale of original prints from July 5 - 23. This takes place at The Jersey Galleries, Osterley Park in England. It is a National Trust Property, consisting of six rooms which together offer a considerable area for displaying work. Set in 300 acres of Parkland in Isleworth, Middlesex, it is only10 minutes by car from Hammersmith or by the Piccadilly line tube. The Park is annually visited by over 300 000 people, and the house receives 30 000 visitors.

Artists are invited to submit work in any print medium and these may be editions. All work submitted will be retained for display in one of the six rooms for the duration of the exhibition. We will frame a selection of prints or exhibition and will notify you in writing if your work is going to be framed. Unframed prints will be accessible in bins or display areas.

Closing Date for entries is Friday March 31, 5pm. All work must be accompanied by an entry form. Each entrant may submit up to 5 prints at �15 per print. Proof of posting will not be accepted as proof of receipt. All work must be submitted unframed and prints should not exceed 420mm x 594mm. Work should be submitted in an acetate envelope or other transparent protective covering. The entry form must be visible at the back of each work. Prints may be delivered in person between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Cheques made payable to refocus NOW Limited.

Only work accompanied with a SAE will be returned. Entries from overseas must be packed to survive transit and will be returned at the expense of the entrant by the same route as they arrived. The entrant should give an unframed selling price and commission on sales will be taken at 45%. The organisers will sell framed work at a modest extra charge but this will not affect the entrants' fee and commission will be restricted to the unframed price. When extra copies of a print are sold the organisers will take their commission and put the artist in touch with the buyer to arrange delivery and final payment.

Accepted entries may be reproduced in various publications reporting on September Song, which may also include the Internet, CD Rom and other electronic media. No copyright will be transferred to September Song in respect of displayed works. Entrants are expected to warrant that-

a) They own the entire copyright or that they have permission from the copyright owners for the uses.
b) If work is commissioned, it is submitted with the permission of the person who commissioned it.
c) All necessary model releases and clearance under the Copyright Act 1956 or the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or otherwise have been obtained. The entrant undertakes to indemnify September Song Organisers in respect of any breach of the same.

The September Song organisers, and any venue showing the work, shall not be liable for any loss or damage to any entries. Entrants are strongly advised to check that their own insurance covers such eventualities.

To receive an entry form for the exhibition please send a SAE to-

September Song, Penthouse Suite Empire House, 175 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1V OTB
Tel: 020 7 231-9756
Fax: 020 7 232-0168

05.02.00 Texas Art Exhibition
Grand Prairie Annual Equine Exhibition at Lone Star Park

We are having our annual exhibition of equine racing art this spring during the Thoroughbred Racing Season at Lone Star Park. This exhibition takes place in the galleries at Lone Star Park. All works are for sale, and no commission is charged. The exhibition is open to the public and draws a wide audience. This year, the exhibition is open to professional artists throughout the world (In the past the exhibitions have been devoted to 4 person exhibitions of artists from Germany, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, and specific regions of the US). The primary focus is on two-dimensional equine racing work but small scale sculpture will be considered. The exhibition will be juried by Sharon C. Leeber of Architectural Arts and Bob Kaminski of Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie. The exhibition begins on April 10 and ends on August 1, 2000. Return shipping will be paid for unsold works.

Send photographs or slides by mail no later than March 15, 2000. For those out of the country, respond to and send pictures as JPEG files. If further information is needed, email or visit the website:

For further information, call Terri Dyer or Katie Jacobsen at Architectural Arts Company, Dallas, Texas.
Tel: 972 392-2121
Fax: 972 392-3737.

08.02.00 Call for Proposals from the NSA, Durban

The NSA Gallery, situated in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is hereby inviting proposals for solo or group exhibitions by contemporary artists for its 2001 programme.
The NSA Gallery has been working for the visual arts in KwaZulu Natal for more than 90 years. In May 1996 it relocated from a shop-front in a shopping mall to a contemporary, custom-designed building in a beautiful park setting. As a vibrant art centre in the province with an annual visitor count of more than 500 000, this non-profit organisation is committed to the promotion of contemporary art, through an extensive exhibitions and educational programme. The organisation has also implemented national and international networking to promote and develop cultural exchange. Facilitation of dynamic educational and community-based programmes also assures local access to the organisation's recourses.

The NSA complex consists of a gift-shop, restaurant and four exhibition spaces, including a video room. A weekly rental and a gallery commission of 37% on works sold are applicable. Exhibitions run for a minimum of three weeks. Facilities include audio-visual equipment. The NSA Gallery also provides access to the South African and International art media for the promotion of its exhibitors.

Send 10 slides or photographs consisting of recent works and/or video show-reel, an Artist's statement/Project Proposal (one A4 page) and a Curriculum Vitae by May 5, 2000.

The Curator, NSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, 4001
For more information contact Storm Janse van Rensburg
Tel/Fax: +27 31 202-2293

09.02.00 Cloth Worker's Coalition Exhibition

This exhibition is the first of its kind in that it attempts to access all kinds of cloth works and is not restricted to a particular guild or group of people who work in cloth. We are reaching into rural community projects and urban individuals and groups. It is not about "fibre art", "quilting", "embroidery", "knitting" or "artmaking" but rather all of the above without the labels.

The exhibition will hopefully offer a peek into what is going on in the country with cloth works and will hopefully reflect the diverse practices and ideas surrounding these disciplines. The exhibition aims to include any work involved with or using cloth, stitching, embroidery and related disciplines. Works must be 25 x 25cm. The show takes place from June 1- June 30 at the African Window gallery in Pretoria.

Contact Karin Lijnes or Antoinette du Plessis, co-founders of the Cloth Workers Coalition

221 Raymond Avenue, Waterkloofridge, Pretoria, 0181
79 D.F. Malan Avenue, Lyttelton Manor, Pretoria, 0157
Tel: 012 347-5471 or 429-6061
Fax : 012 347-6845 or 429-3556
E-mail: or

Anyone capture the flames?

We are looking for photographic or video images of the fires that raged in Cape Town a couple of weeks back. This will be used as supplementary source material for an exhibition which is concerned with landscape/ destruction/ renewal / cycles of time.
We're also looking for any footage of the affected areas PRIOR to the fires (we don't mind how old it is! Actually, the older the better!). We accept material in digital, VHS, 8mm, or photographic form.

If you can help - utmost care will be taken with your images/ footage. Please mail us on with details.

FNB Vita Art Prize nomination date extended

Given that the date for final nominations has been extended to 18 February and that the public nominations lucky draw prize has gone from a trip for two to Paris to a weekend jaunt in Mpumalanga, things are looking a bit tired down FNB Vita way. Get your nominations in to ensure a quality and challenging exhibition for August 2000. We need one.

Nomination postcards (postage paid) are available at selected galleries around the country.
If you have trouble locating one, contact FNB Vita on:
phone 011 442 8435
fax 011 442 8523

01.02.00 Arts & Culture Forum Newsletter

If you want to be on the Arts and culture mailing list or send inputs for the newsletter respond to Benita The February 2000 newsletter, Number 3, is currently being produced.

At the last General Council meeting, members of the Forum requested the chance to communicate more about themselves and their organisations, and the newsletter will provide such an opportunity. It will be launched at the next General Council meeting which takes place at the Mowbray Town Hall on February 26. We aim to inform all Forum members and potential members who you are, who we are, what we all do, what our plans, aims, and intentions are - and more. Through our Forum Newsletter information about all our organisations can be disseminated far and wide. You can send any of the following-

two or three paragraphs of text, and/or
clear black/white photographic prints, and/or
drawings, poems, etc, etc.

To make the deadline all information must reach us by February 14. Send to:

Benita Munitz, 4 Hilltop Lane, Newlands, 7700
Tel/fax: (021) 671-2126

Call for entries: ABSA Atelier 2000

Closing date for entries: March 10, 2000. Works will be received from March 6.

The first major art prize of the year is almost upon us and with 4 merit awards of R10 000 each and a grand prize of R60 000 to be used for a few months stay at Paris' Cite Internationale Des Arts, it's not to be sneezed at. Artists between the ages of 21 and 35 are eligible to enter, as well as students in their final year of study and who meet the age requirements. Artworks must have been completed in the 24 months prior to entry.

Entry forms are to be found in the brochure outlining conditions of entry, and should be available in galleries and cultural venues countrywide. Any enquiries can be directed to the Head Office of the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA) , who will direct you to the regional collection point nearest you, of which there are 9 countrywide. Preliminary selection at each centre will take place from 13 to 31 March 2000, after which the best 100 works will be sent for exhibition in Johannesburg. Along with the Chairman of SANAVA, this year's judges are Melvyn Minaar, Karel Nel, Sam Nhlengethwa and Ben Nsusha.

SANAVA can be contacted on (021) 328-7109 or fax (021) 323-1275

Digital Workshop for Photographers

The South African Centre for Photography will run workshops conducted by Mandy Jandrell from Monday 14 February to Friday 18th at the Centre on Orange Street.
There will be five evening sessions starting at six pm. The cost is R1000 per participant. The Centre will provide two iMac's, a G4 Mac, a Kodak 3570 professional scanner, Kodak DCS 315 digital camera and at least one printer.

Aim: To provide photographers with information on the applications of digital imaging and provide an understanding of digital media and terminology. This workshop will take participants through the processes of digitizing images shot on film, shooting on digital media, an introduction to the applications of PhotoShop, digital printing and output options.

Participants will be required to bring in 35mm or medium format transparencies to use in the workshop.

Day 1 & 2
1. How digital imaging works: Pixels, resolution, channels
2. Digitizing the Image: Scanning processes, options available, scan sizes (i.e. relationship between resolution, enlargement percentages/final output size)
3. Scanning Demonstration on Kodak transparency scanner.
4. Digital Camera demonstration.

Day 3 & 4
Introduction to PhotoShop
1. Discuss various applications within PhotoShop, go through basics such as cropping, image sizing, changing resolution, colour corrections, adjusting brightness and contrast using curves, cleaning up dust and scratches with basic retouching, using layers, uses of various tools in PhotoShop.
2. Prepare Participants scans or digital images for print.v 3. Print demonstration.

Day 5
1. Digital storage options and file formats (Tiffs and JPEG's)
2. Different types of photographic outputs and specifications for each type of output (file sizes, format, CMYK/RGB)
3. Who does what in Cape Town
4. Workshop Conclusion and revision, question and answer session.

Bookings via e-mail or fax to (021) 4807108

AMFEST 2000 - National art competition

A national art competition for students of all ages - the theme of works to be produced must be theatre, and has the broad based title Theatre in 2000. Entries are to be A3 size and can be in any medium. Four age categories will be designated. Students must include their place of education, grade and age at July 1, 2000 with their entries. More than one entry is permitted at R10 per entry. The prize money will total R1000 overall. AMFEST has the right to photograph/video entries which will be displayed during AMFEST 2000 and reserves the right to interview artists. No correspondence on the awards will be entered into. The competition takes place at Wits Theatre, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Closing date for entries is June 30, 2000 and entrants must arrange delivery and collection of entries.

Send entries to:
c/o N McDonald
PO Box 61344

Tel: (011) 636-2936
Fax: (011) 636-8162

Alchemy: International Masterclass for New Media Artists and Curators

The Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) announce Alchemy International Masterclass for New Media Artists and Curators, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, May/June, 2000. This will be run in association with the new Powerhouse Live Arts Complex in Brisbane

Artists, curators and theorists will come together to germinate and hothouse their ideas, test their hypotheses, develop new processes and create new works, within the context of an intensive learning environment. The intention is to provide an opportunity for artists and arts practitioners from across Australia and around the world to network, develop new work and devise new forms of collaboration. Participants will be provided with 24 hour access to a laboratory, exhibition/installation spaces, performance space and workrooms in the exciting new Powerhouse Live Arts Complex, which also opens in May. Highly experienced curators and artists will provide training and lead workshops for participants, within the context of a critical production site. The makeup and composition of the Masterclass will constantly evolve, as tutors and participants undertake different aspects of the project.

Themes which will be addressed include;
Art and Science collaborations
The needs of indigenous artists
A digital regional collaboration and exchange in Asia and the Pacific regions
Curatorial issues for new media practices
Performance and hybrid art practices
Artistic practice and the Internet

ANAT has pioneered intensive skilling programs for artists through its coordination of annual National Summer Schools in computer media since 1989.

Applications due: 18 February, 2000

Please contact ANAT for guidelines and application forms or visit

Amanda McDonald Crowley,
Cellular telephone: +61 (0)419 829 313
PO Box 8029 Station Arcade,
SA 5000,

tel: +61 (0)8-8231-9037
fax: +61 (0)8-8211-7323


International Reporter's Network

Cultural Exchange via Internet - Opportunities and Strategies, Forum of the House of World Cultures, Berlin

Drik Multimedia in association with International Reporter's Network (IRN) is inviting Third World writers, photographers, journalists and artists to fill in the network form at and to join in the professional artists directory to be exposed to Scandinavian media.

The International Reporter's Network is a project initiated by the Norwegian foundation, International Reporter and is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NORAD (The Norwegian Agency for Development and Co-operation). The aim of the project is to stimulate the use of quality photographic and other journalistic work from the South in the Norwegian media specifically and the Scandinavian media in general. We would like to register high calibre photo and text journalists from developing countries, and produce a directory of them (on the Internet and in print). A project board will approve the catalogue on the basis of participants' professional quality. The listing is open to individuals, professional collectives and organisations, agencies and private/governmental organisations. There is no charge for appearing on the list. The terms of trade lie strictly between the media professionals and their clients.

The Network itself is not a trading partner but will encourage fair trade principles.

More information on the Network can be found at

If you wish to register for the network, please complete this form as fully as possible and return it to:
The International Reporter's Network, P.O. Box 315, 4950 Risør, Norway
Fax: 47 37 15 1990

You can also enlist online using a similar form to be found at or by emailing




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