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Archive: Issue No. 43, March 2001

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This week's new listings:
Programme on Institutions of Public Culture at Emory University, Atlanta
Save The Ruth Prowse Exhibition
Invitation to Musicians and Visual Artists for Bat Centre's Residency Programme
Postcard Exchange
Festival Curator for the Cape Town Month of Photography

Services and courses offered
06.03.01 Figure drawing classes at Michaelis
27.02.01 Schedule of events at Association of Arts Pretoria
13.02.01 Art in cigarette vending machines
16.01.01 Website, fine art and photography courses offered at The Ruth Prowse
09.01.01 Join a photographic mailing list
Calls for submission
20.03.01 Call for entries: 13th Videobrasil
13.03.01 Vancouver Videopoem 3rd Annual Festival
13.03.01 Site specific sculpture for Italy
06.03.01 Joubert Park Public Art Project Submissions Invited
06.03.01 International Art Exchange website
27.02.01 Foto 2001 Competition
27.02.01 Images of Salvation Today
20.02.01 World Wide Video Festival
06.02.01 SAARTE-Zine - Free electronic art magazine
06.02.01 Art for a New Time Contest on the Web
16.01.01 China International Photographic Exhibition
16.01.01 Manuscript Exhibition 3
14.11.00 MEDIA SAVE writing awards
20.03.01 Short-term research openings at the Robben Island Museum
30.01.01 Monthly Photographic Crits


27.03.01 Programme on Institutions of Public Culture at Emory University, Atlanta

The Centre for the Study of Public Scholarship (CSPS) at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, offers a Programme on Institutions of Public Culture. Through this programme the CSPS strives to develop an informed and nuanced understanding of how cultural interactions among different communities are and should be conducted in public spaces. Further information on the programme and CSPS is available at

Research Fellowships and Studentships

For the next few years the Centre is collaborating with South African cultural institutions to bring together scholars of public culture who are working from universities, museums, NGOs, political or arts organisations or other institutional sites.

The Centre invites applications for 2001/2 for:
- four one-semester Research Fellowships, August to December, 2001 or January to May, 2002
- three postgraduate Studentships, August, 2001 to August, 2002.

Who should apply?

Research Fellows in the Programme on Institutions of Public Culture will come from universities and from arts, culture and heritage institutions. They will normally have completed at least a Master's degree or equivalent.

Studentships in the Programme will be graduates with at least an Honours degree or a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies (or equivalent). Applicants should be prepared to participate in courses at the postgraduate level and might be completing their Master's thesis. Student interns may be junior staff in a cultural/ heritage institution.

The study of institutions of public culture

Institutions of Public Culture are critical social locations where knowledge and perceptions of the public sphere are shaped, debated, imposed, challenged, and disseminated. As sites for the elaboration of ideas about self and society they are also locations for challenging such assertions and experimenting with new definitions. Scholars need to explore the range and variety of "publics" that might be engaged and how the very notion of "public" has changed over time and been inflected by different institutional settings.

South African cultural institutions in transition

South African cultural institutions have long been important arenas for political engagement and social critique. There is a wide range, from trenchant political cartoons and posters, to popular song, debates about museum displays and historical pageants, national and community festivals as well as a vibrant theatrical and artistic scene. Diverse religious and cultural practices also provide sites and resources for political engagement and commentary.

The transition from apartheid South Africa to a popularly elected government has forged links between institutions and spheres of cultural production which were formerly separated. Many South African museums and other public institutions with a complex history of ethnic and racial exclusion are undergoing rapid change that calls for the rethinking of basic categories and practices. In this time of transition it is vital to promote critical engagement and to sustain commentaries and debates.

The Emory Programme: a comparative and historical approach

The Programme on Institutions of Public Culture will take a comparative, historical and practical approach in order to explore the parameters and possibilities for change. Juxtapositions and contrasts with American histories, concepts and practices will be illuminating for Atlanta and South African participants alike. The Programme will provide opportunities for South Africans to reflect on their recent experience and relate it to work being done at some institutions in the United States, such as the Centre for Public Scholarship's partners:

  • the Michael C. Carlos Museum, a university museum which has excellent collections of Ancient Art, African Art and Latin American Art and whose exhibiting programme is largely international in scope;
  • the Atlanta History Center, one of the major urban history museums in the U.S., whose research and exhibiting programmes on urban history and work on the Civil Rights era is of considerable interest to South Africans;
  • the Institute of African Studies at Emory, a vigorous area studies programme with major South Africanists among its core faculty, has a weekly seminar, a film series and organizes conferences and workshops;
  • the Smithsonian Institution's Centre for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, in Washington DC, which is committed to exhibiting cross-cultural work.

Research Fellows and Studentships in the Programme

Research Fellows on the Programme will:

  • work on a well-developed project dealing with the broad theme of Institutions of Public Culture;
  • help organize and participate in CSPS programmes;
  • be asked to participate in other relevant Emory programmes and courses.

Studentships on the Programme will:

  • take a set of academic courses at Emory, including the graduate course on Public Scholarship which is a regular part of CSPS and the Institute of Liberal Arts graduate programme;
  • work with a graduate advisor and the co-directors of the CSPS;
  • have access to staff of the partner institutions for training and advice in their different areas of expertise;
  • participate in summer internships at a public institution identified by the programme co-directors (e.g. internship in the Michael C. Carlos Museum might include hands-on learning in curatorial work, exhibit design or education.)

Research Fellows and Students will also:

  • participate in the ongoing seminar of the CSPS and other activities organized by the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts, the Institute of African Studies, and the Urban Studies Programme;
  • visit cultural institutions where appropriate;
  • meet biweekly in a forum for discussion of their ongoing work, selected readings, programme planning and coordination, and comparative discussions to facilitate understandings of American settings and practices. (Some meetings could include other Emory students, faculty, or people from partner institutions.)

Stipend for living expenses

To cover living expenses in the United States, each Research Fellow will receive a stipend of US$15,000. For the Studentships, the Programme will pay tuition fees, insurance and the sum of US$17,000 to cover living expenses for the two semesters and the summer internship. Airfare for fellows and students between South Africa and Atlanta will be paid through the South African Steering Committee.

How to apply

If you apply for a Research Fellowship, please include:

1 a completed application cover sheet (available on the website above or from the Steering Committee - details below);
2 a five to ten page statement of purpose, including a description of the project you plan to complete during the fellowship. Specify which semester you would prefer (August to December 2001 or January to May 2002) and whether you are available during both periods;
3 your resumé or curriculum vitae (you should also indicate previous scholarships and fellowships);
4 three letters of recommendation by persons who know you personally and/ or professionally (your referees must send these letters directly to the steering committee);
5 a writing sample of ten to thirty pages or any comparable sample of your work.

If you apply for a Studentship, please include:

1 a completed application cover sheet (available on the website above or from the Steering Committee - details below);
2 a letter in which you motivate your application;
3 your resumé or curriculum vitae (you should also indicate previous scholarships and fellowships);
4 three letters of recommendation by persons who know you personally and/ or professionally (your referees must send these letters directly to the steering committee);
5 a writing sample of ten to thirty pages or any comparable sample of your work;
6 a copy of your academic record.

Closing date: Applications and referees' letters must reach the Steering Committee on or before March 30, 2001. The Committee may interview applicants. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Please send your application to:

Dr Leslie Witz
Steering Committee, Institutions of Public Culture
Department of History
University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17
Bellville 7535
South Africa

Tel: (021) 959-2225 (from outside SA: 27+21+959-2225)
Fax: (021) 959-3598 (from outside SA: 27+21+959-3598)

27.03.01 Save The Ruth Prowse Exhibition

As part of very necessary ongoing fund-raising, The Ruth Prowse school (previously known as the Ruth Prowse School of Art and Design) is calling for donations of artworks for a high profile 'Save The Ruth Prowse' Exhibition to be held later in the year. Works donated and not sold during the exhibition will be subsequently auctioned. The proceeds of all work sold go towards the 'Save The Ruth Prowse Art Fund'. The invitation to donate artworks is extended to all South African artists who have an interest in the saving and future development of a South African Art School.

For further information please contact Mignon, Diana or Sue at The Ruth Prowse:
Tel: (021) 447-2492

27.03.01 Invitation to Musicians and Visual Artists for Bat Centre's Residency Programme

Talented visual artists and musicians aged from 18 - 36 are invited to apply for the BAT Centre's Artists in Residence Programme, which begins on April 2 and runs for six months. Sponsored by the Durban Metro Council's Department of Economic Development, the BAT Centre's Artists in Residence Programme aims to train and empower young musicians and visual artists with technical, marketing and business skills.

The Programme is free of charge and materials are provided to participants.

Prominent South African visual artist Paul Sibisi and musician Brian Thusi are just two of the tutors lined up for the Programme, which is now in its second year. Only 30 musicians and 20 visual artists can be accommodated in the April to September Programme.

Interested visual artists and musicians are asked to complete an application form and submit it with the following:
- a portfolio of at least ten recent drawings, paintings and/ or sculptures (visual artists only);
- a copy of their C.V.;
- a copy of their I.D. document;
- and the names and telephone numbers of at least three contactable referees.

Would-be applicants are asked to fetch an application form from the BAT Centre's management office or to call the Centre on (031) 332-0451 for a form to be faxed to them.

The closing date for applications is March 27.

For further information, please call Njabulo Hlongwane (visual artists) or Brian Thusi (musicians) at the BAT Centre on (031) 332-0451.

27.03.01 Postcard Exchange

The University Print Society (print club) at Iowa State University is sponsoring a print exchange and we would like to invite as many people to participate as we can. Please encourage friends and students alike to consider sending prints. The prospectus reads as follows:

The postal system has changed drastically over time. As the days go by more and more communication is being sent digitally via the internet. Less and less letters are sent using the traditional postal system. There are even electronic greeting cards and post cards. Printmaking has undergone similar changes. Much of the printmaking process can now be done using computers.

In response to the changing world from traditional to digital, the University Print Society has created the Postcard Print Exchange. We ask that participants use any method of printmaking, digital or traditional, to create thirteen 4" x 6" (10 x 15cm) postcards and for the prints to respond to the theme of mail. The prints will be sent to us as postcards through the mail using a (US) 20 cent postcard stamp.

The University Print Society will keep one of your postcards for our collection and will send 12 different prints back to you. We feel that this will be a fun and exciting exchange. Since the prints will be sent using traditional post mail service the prints will become altered in interesting ways such as the post stamp from different states, codes stamped by the postal service, and fingerprints from handling.


- Prints will be 4" x 6" (10 x 15cm) and can be done using traditional or digital printmaking processes.
- Edition size is unlimited. Send thirteen prints via mail. Mail the prints individually with a post card stamp.
- The number of prints we receive from you will determine the number of prints sent back to you. If we receive thirteen prints (the maximum number) we will send twelve different prints to you. The University Print Society will pay for the mailing of your new prints.
- Please include your return mailing address on ALL prints.
- DEADLINE: postmarked by April 16, 2001

Mail to: April Katz, University Print Society, 158 College of Design, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50014, USA

Questions/Comments: or

27.03.01 Festival Curator for the Cape Town Month of Photography

The Cape Town Month of Photography Festival Committee is looking for a Festival Curator for the 2002 Month of Photography (MoP). The second Cape Town MoP is scheduled for March 2002. A core visual component of the Cape Town Heritage Festival, the Cape Town Month of Photography aims to promote southern African Photography through a range of photographic exhibitions in and around Cape Town during this month. We are looking for a curator, or a team of curators to:

a) Create a curatorial framework and budget for the 2002 MoP, and
b) Assume curatorial responsibilities for the (core) curated exhibitions which will take place in numerous venues around Cape Town in March 2002.

The appointment is for a period of seven months from October 2001 to April 2002. The curatorial framework should address both the current socio-political realities in the region while also accommodating contemporary photographic practice. Applicants should take note that the Month of Photography showcases a wide range of photography, not limited to a particular genre such as documentary photography. Applicants for the curatorship should submit a curatorial framework and budget together with a timetable to the Cape Town Month of Photography Committee by April 30, 2001. Candidates will be expected to assist the Festival Committee to raise the required curatorial funding. Those with clear and achievable curatorial and fund-raising proposals will be given preference.

NOTE: The 1999 Month of Photography consisted of 104 photographic exhibitions and events showcasing the work of 440 South African photographers. Entitled '100 XC' there were no specific curatorial directives. For the 2002 MoP there will be a core, curated festival component as well as an open category fringe festival.

Further details are available from the South African Centre for Photography on (021) 422-2625 or tel/fax (021) 480-7108 or e-mail Geoff Grundlingh


06.03.01 Drawing the Human Figure at the Michaelis School of Fine Arts

In a series of 36 studio sessions running for the whole year, the Michaelis School of Fine Arts offers a drawing class that covers the essential aspects of rendering the human figure. Areas to be covered include human anatomy, figure-ground relationships, and the fundamental tools of drawing: developing the expressive use of line, tone and mark, as well as visual acuity.

The programme is expressly designed for those keen on developing drawing skills but who do not necessarily have any prior experience.

Commencement date: Tuesday March 6
Time: 6 - 9pm
Lecturer: Julia Teale
Fee: R40.00 per session (10% discount for students)
Participants can purchase books of 10 vouchers for the classes (1 voucher per class) on the commencement date from Julia Teale, or during office hours from Carmen Perez at Michaelis (see details below).

The sessions will take place every Tuesday, throughout the year. While easels and drawing boards will be available, newsprint, cartridge paper, and drawing media (charcoal, graphite, pastels, cont�, etc.) should be brought to each session. Materials may be bought from the Michaelis Art Shop, open daily from 10am - 5pm. On Tuesdays, the shop will be open until 6:30pm.

For further information or to register for the class please contact:

Carmen Perez, Michaelis School of Fine Art - Tel: (021) 480-7111
Fax: (021) 424-2889


Julia Teale
Tel: (021) 448-2238 (after hours)

27.02.01 Schedule of events at Association of Arts Pretoria

The Association of Arts Pretoria is keeping their schedule full with a number of activities, workshops and gatherings that are open to the public. These are listed below, but for more details, please call Pieter or Nandi on (012) 346 3100.

March 1: Selection of artist's proposals for group and solo exhibitions. The selection committee requires a CV and five examples of work.

March 2 and 3: Creativity workshop with Dr Piet Muller. Cost: R250 - 00

March 7 and 28, April 11, May 2: Life drawing classes led by Carl Jeppe. Cost: R50 per class

February 20, March 6 and 20, April 3: Andre Naudé presents painting masterclasses. Cost: R60 per session.

13.02.01 Art-o-mat

Founded in 1997, Artists in Cellophane is an art group that converts retired cigarette machines into fine art vending machines. Roughly 100 artists are presently involved in this project. A.I.C. donates a portion of profits to an arts-magnet elementary school. Please check out for more info.

Art*o*mat locations:

The New Museum of Contemporary Art [NYC]
Whitney Museum of American Art [NYC]
Diverseworks! [Houston, TX]
Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art [Cleveland, OH]
SECCA [Winston-Salem, NC]
The Greenhill Center of NC Art [Greensboro, NC]
Brenners Children's Hospital [Winston-Salem NC]
Urban Artware [Winston-Salem NC]
Seed Collective [Winston-Salem NC]
Salem Fine Arts Center [Winston-Salem NC]
Wellspring Wholefoods [Winston-Salem, NC]
Mary's, of course [Winston-Salem NC]
The Garage [Winston-Salem NC]
Morning Dew Herb & Coffee Co.[Winston-Salem NC]
Third Place [Raleigh, NC]
Beehive Oakland [Pittsburgh, PA]
The Community School of Music and Art [Ithaca, NY]
Eriksson Art Supply [Greenville, SC]
Borders [Winston-Salem, NC]

Past Art*o*mat locations:

The Andy Warhol Museum [Pittsburgh, PA]
The Three Rivers Arts Festival 1999 [Pittsburgh, PA]
The North Carolina Museum of Art [Raleigh, NC]
Associated Artists of Winston-Salem [Winston-Salem NC]
Appalachian State University [Boone, NC]

All machines carry small original artworks roughly the size of a pack of smokes @ $3.00-$5.00 each.
A.I.C. is presently seeking artists to fill empty slots in all machines.


16.01.01 Website, Desktop Publishing, Fine Art and Photography courses offered at The Ruth Prowse

Part-time course in Creative Internet Design,
commencing April 2001

Who should attend? Anyone wishing to focus on combining artistic creativity with progressive technology, with the intention of entering the dynamic field of New Media Design. The course is designed to give students a solid foundation for creating functional, well-designed web sites. Students will produce their own web site using the most advanced technology available.

Computer literacy and a basic understanding of the internet is an advantage.

The course is run by a dynamic team of experienced and successful designers and artists who are actively involved in both the local New Media industry as well as in the South African Fine Art world. Students are thus ensured both a cross-pollination of creative ideas and skills, as well as enriching, open tuition.

Admission is based on:

  • Academic results (Grade 12 pass or equivalent);
  • An interview
The 3-month course comprises the following subject modules:
  • Introduction to Macintosh
  • Web publishing essentials
  • Design for the internet

  • - Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Freehand, Macromedia Flash basics
  • Introduction to html and javascript

  • - BBEdit, Macromedia Dreamweaver

For further information or to enrol, call the Ruth Prowse on 021 447 2492.

Clickthrough for a full description of all the Full and part time courses available at the Ruth Prowse, most of which commence in April 2001, and are:

Part time course in Web Animation
Part time course in Film & Video post-production
Part time course in Multimedia CDRom Authoring
Part time course in Desktop Publishing

One-year certificate course in Visual Arts
Full-time course in Fine Art
Full-time course in Graphic Design
Full-time course in Photography

09.01.01 Photography Mailing Lists

There is the most incredible photo resource on the internet at RIT. You will find a variety of online photographic mailing lists for those who are interested in current debate on almost any photo topic. There are photojourn, pinhole, street photo, art photo, astra photo, photo philosophy and many others to check out on the RIT site. As a black-and-white printing resource, the pure silver list is an amazingly useful discussion forum. You will find discussion groups listed at


20.03.01 Call for entries: 13th Videobrasil

SESC São Paulo and Associação Cultural Videobrasil are calling for entries for the Competitive Video Screening and New Media Show of the 13th Videobrasil International Electronic Art Festival. The closing date for entries is May 1rst 2001.

This year, besides the traditional Competitive Video Screening, another competition will be held for the first time, open to artists of all parts: the Competitive New Media Show, which will award prizes to artistic works in CD-ROM and Web Art formats.

Prizes amounting to a total of sixty thousand reais (R$ 60.000, 00) will be awarded between competitors of the two shows by professionals of the area, assembled in an international jury nominated by the Festival organisers, alongside the habitual popular jury. The Festival opens on Wednesday the 19th of September, at the traditional SESC-Pomp�ia site. The Video Screening and New Media Show, the performances, lectures and meetings with the artists will take place up until the 23rd of September. The exhibitions, Video Library, Media Lounge and Bookshop will be open until the 21rst of October. Other venues, such as Pa�o das Artes, will extend the Festival's circuit.

News about the 13th Videobrasil will always be on the Festival's Web page:
Curatorship and overall direction: Solange Farkas
Associação Cultural Videobrasil
Rua Fernandes de Abreu, 31 ? 1o Andar ? São Paulo SP
telephone: 55 11 3845 8454/ fax: 55 11 3849 2377

13.03.01 Vancouver Videopoem 3rd Annual Festival

The Edgewise ElectroLit Centre is seeking videopoem submissions for the Vancouver Videopoem Festival - the only screening event of its kind in Canada. Get public exposure and have your work screened in a premier public venue - Pacific Cinematheque, November 8-11, 2001. We are interested in any original, creative combination of poetry with material on videotape. Cinepoems are also acceptable provided they are transferred onto videotape format.

This event provides a much needed venue for the presentation of Canadian work in this burgeoning art form. The most innovative treatments are explored and presented. The selection of works is a broad range of mostly Canadian artists, a smaller amount of international artists and a diversity of poetic styles and video strategies. The EEC aims to develop a forum for defining, legitimizing and nuturing work in this hybrid genre and the artists who produce it in Canada. The festival components include SEE THE VOICE-a Poetry Video Workshop, two or three screenings, an awards gala and a night of performance-STAGED & CREENED, Mixed Media Cabaret-wherein poets interact with their videopoems by incorporatiing elements of dance, theatre and music.

DEADLINE: June 1, 2001

To obtain an official VVF 2001 Submission Application Form, contact Executive Director, Heather Haley @ (604) 535-8588 or visit our web site

If accepted into the Vancouver Videopoem Festival, all successful entrants will receive a screening fee and be eligible for VVF 2001 awards. The giving of awards is intended to recognize outstanding merit and to offer the public and artists a developing standard for vidopoetry in these categories:

-Best Videopoem The Edgewise Award
-Best Direction The Vision Award
-Best Performance The Voice Award
-People's Choice The Cinematheque Award

The Edgewise ElectroLit Centre is a non-profit arts organization whose mandate is to make poetry accessible to all members of society through a variety of media and educational programs. Digitized videopoems can be viewed in the Multimedia section of the Edgewise site. Funding for the Vancouver Videopoem Festival has been received from the Canada Council for the Arts and is produced in partnership with Pacific Cinematheque

Heather Haley-Executive Director Edgewise ElectroLit Centre

The EEC is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to make poetry accessible to all members of society through a variety of media and educational programs.

Tel: (604) 535-8588 FAX (604) 536-3691

13.03.01 Site specific sculpture for Italy

The Chianti Sculpture Park is currently being established in Tuscany, Italy. Since the area of Chianti, in Tuscany, is both renowned for its artistic and historical traditions and for its nature, the Park requires very site-specific installations.

We are in the process of sourcing site-oriented sculptors from all over the world, especially from Eastern Europe, North America and Latin America. All the sculptural ideas and projects will be screened by the Artistic Committee of the Park.

The selection will be mainly based on how site specific the artwork will be. We kindly request interested artists to send us a few photos of their works. We will contact the selected artists and guarantee a return air ticket to Italy with the aim of visiting personally the Park to choose a site for their installation.

The participating sculptors will be given enormous exposure to high profile visitors and will be exhibiting along with internationally noted artists. Compensation arrangements will be evaluated case by case by the Park Administration. Please feel free to contact us for any further information at:

Mr Piero Giadrossi or Mrs Federica Vezzani
The Chianti Sculpture Park
La Fornace di Pievasciata
53010 SIENA

Phone: ++39 0577 357151
Fax : ++39 0577 357149

06.03.01 Joubert Park Public Art Project Submissions Invited

Joubert Park is one of the few original 'green' spaces in inner city Johannesburg and furnishes the needs of many local communities. It is a meeting ground for religious groups, home to the homeless, business environment for the park photographers and street vendors, and a place of leisure for chess players and commuters and also a playground for children. It houses a medical clinic, cr�che, greenhouse, Neighbourhood Community Centre, and the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG).

The precinct has undergone dramatic changes in the last decade. The relocation of businesses, urban decay, increased crime, overuse, ineffective policing, absence of funding, and lack of public awareness and interest have left the park in a state of neglect.

Despite its problems the Joubert Park precinct is one of the city's most vibrant areas and these issues need to be visualised, verbalised and made public. They need to be addressed in engaging and critical ways so as to re-imagine the inner city of Johannesburg. In so doing the 'Joubert Park Public Art Project' aims to identify and engage with the conditions, the changes and possibilities of inner city living in Johannesburg.

The Joubert Park Public Art Project seeks to identify, engage and rejuvenate the park by promoting and supporting cultural and social initiatives and organizations, setting up an active link and connection between the park and Johannesburg Art Gallery, investigating and promoting the relation of the park to its urban surroundings, and exploring the recent changes the precinct has undergone.

The Joubert Park Public Art Project Committee consists of artists, curators and cultural practitioners who have come together specifically to co-ordinate, curate and implement this project. They include Bi� Venter, Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, Rory Bester, John Fleetwood, Cedric Nunn, Jo Ractcliffe, David Koloane and Rita Potenza.

research - self-ironic - social agency - self-reflexive - subversive - entertaining - narrative - anecdotal - urban - ambiguous - intimate - foreign - visible - visionary - evocative - critical - ambitious - collaborative - temporary - chanced - artificial - real

As part of its aim to inspire and facilitate collaborations, interactions, workshops and productions between artists and the Park communities, the Joubert Park Public Art Project would like to invite artists, performers, authors, musicians, filmmakers and cultural workers to submit proposals for a public art exhibition and festival, opening on October 13, 2001 at the Johannesburg Art Gallery and in Joubert Park.

The exhibition and opening festival is envisaged as a multi-media dialogue and exchange that engages the Joubert Park precinct and proposals should respond to the specific context and conditions of Joubert Park. Artists are encouraged to investigate the park in relation to the inner city, the park's use and role as a public site, the changes that have occurred over the last decade, the social and cultural dynamics of the precinct, and the position and function of the Johannesburg Art Gallery in the park.

Proposals can take the form of billboards, projections, newspaper inserts, photographs, studio set-ups with the park-photographers, performances, temporary interventions, sculptures or carnival, web-site, media campaign, documentation, games, debates, etc.

Artists and collectives who have already expressed an interest in submitting proposals include Robin Rhode, Willem Boshoff, Usha Seejarim, Jack Mensink (Holland), Smith & Fowle public art collective (Britain), David Andrews, Wilma Cruise, Mothlalefi Mahlabe, Cecilia Parsberg (Sweden), Rodney Place, Joachim Sch�nfeldt, Tony Nkotsi, Jones Mathebula, the Y-connection, Forum Theatre, David Roussau, Amigai Tahor, The Trinity Session (Steven Hobbs, Kathryn Smith and José Ferreira), Stompie Selibi, Amanda Lane, Rita Potenza, Allister McLaughlin and Moses Seleko.

The deadline for submission of proposals is April 30. Proposals should include a comprehensive outline of the project (intention, procedure, vision) and a budget-plan (material costs). Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee at the beginning of May.

We are aiming to fund parts of production costs, but encourage artists to find support for their projects. Selected artists/collectives will receive R 2000 as artists' fees. Please post or e-mail proposals for the exhibition or festival to: Bié Venter, PO Box 53257, Troyeville 2139, or email Contact us for any information or for visual/ research material or documentation of last year's activities, etc.

The project will be documented extensively, in view of producing a comprehensive catalogue. We aim to take the exhibition to the Artificial Shelter Foundation - Sterkwerk Galleries in Tilburg (Netherlands) who were instrumental in initiating the project in 2000.

Call Bié Venter (011) 614-8274 (h) or (011) 618-1139 (w) or 083 728-5606

06.03.01 International Art Exchange

Universes in Universe - Worlds of Art Information and communication system on the arts of Africa, the Americas and Asia/Pacific provides an up to date service area for international art exchange.

Visit Art Action for more than 100 current entries on submission - calls for exhibitions, competitions, projects, festivals and awards. The site also gives information on art and cultural institutions worldwide which offer grants and cultural exchange programmes.

27.02.01 Foto 2001 Competition

Professional, amateur and student photographers can start preparing for the 10th annual photographic competition 'Foto 2001'. This competition seeks to show photography as an art form and that more than technical excellence is necessary to stir emotion in the viewer.

Winners in each of the following categories are will each receive R500 - Colour, Black & White, Photo Series and Digital or Computer Enhanced photograph. An overall winner will receive R1000.

The competition is organised by the Arts Association of Bellville and sponsored by the City of Tygerberg. Entry forms will be available at the gallery from March 26. The closing date for entries is June 11 and judging will take place on June 12. The prizewinning photos will be on exhibition in the Arts Association Gallery from June 27 -July 28. The Gallery is situated inside the Bellville Library Centre, Carel van Aswegen Street.

For more information or entry forms, contact Debbie or Rentia at 918-2301.

27.02.01 Images of Salvation Today

The Gardens Presbyterian Church invites artists working in any medium to submit works for a millennial exhibition entitled 'Images of Salvation Today'. The exhibition is set to take place in the church and the church grounds from May 24 - June 3, which spans the time between Ascension to Pentecost. Submissions should depict some aspect of the Christian message.

The exhibition, which will be well publicised, aims to highlight the place of the visual arts in Christian Faith and devotion and bring a new audience to the art world.

1 The exhibits will be selected by prominent figures in the art world, including Marilyn Martin and Jill Trappler.

2 It is site-specific and will be held in the church under existing lighting. (The church may be viewed any Saturday morning by appointment with the Caretaker, tel: 465-4617 - or in conjunction with the Sunday service).

3 The exhibition is open to all.

4 Works in all media will be accepted.

5 Pictorial work must not be larger than A2, ie. 420 x 594 mm.

6 Pictorial work must be framed or mounted and ready for hanging; works not properly prepared will not be considered.

7 Scale of sculpture to be limited to the space available - height not to exceed 1m.

8 Work may be offered for sale. The church commission will be 20%.

9 While every precaution will be taken to safeguard the works of art, artists should insure their works themselves, if they so desire.

10 Works to be delivered to the S.A. National Gallery annex building, Sat. April 28 from 9 - 12am or, Mon. April 30 from 10am - 4pm.

11 Selection will take place on May 5 and 6.

12 Works not selected must be collected from the gallery on Monday May 7. From:

13 Works selected for exhibition to be collected from the church from midday on Sunday June 3 or Monday June 4.

Neither S.A. Gallery or Gardens Presbyterian Church will take responsibility for the safekeeping of works not collected on these dates.

For further information contact:

Rev. James Patrick Tel. 465-4708
Mrs. Lynette Marki Tel. 423-4884

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20.02.01 World Wide Video Festival


As from this year the World Wide Video Festival will be held a month later than in previous years. The festival runs from October 10 - November 11. We hope that this new arrangement will be of some help to festival guests and visitors, who have been finding it increasingly difficult to book hotel accommodation in Amsterdam.

This year there will be a sequel to the five-day series of premiere events. Over the following weekends, the various festival venues will host a series of 'special events', which will include screenings, performances and discussions. The installation exhibitions at several of the festival locations, and the selection of single-screen works at the 'world wide media lounge', will remain open daily until November 11.

One of this year's special focuses is the development of media art in Africa. The festival organisers are currently exploring the media-art scene in several African countries and their discoveries will be reflected in the festival programme. and multi-disciplinary projects are other areas of special emphasis in 2001. The festival will also present a wide selection of new video and dvd productions, as well as three solo exhibitions.


Artists are invited to submit work for selection. Entry forms for the 19th World Wide Video Festival are currently online. The festival invites the submission of cd-roms, dvds, installations, net.rt projects, artistic software productions (including computer games) and videos completed after 1999.

Entry forms should be submitted via our website before April 15. Please check the website for further details:

06.02.01 SAARTE-Zine - Free electronic art magazine

SAARTE-Zine is the premier South African Free Monthly E-mail Art Magazine. The aim of the magazine is to inform people about art events in South Africa. It is non-profit making and the content is determined by the responses that we receive. If you would like to publish any information in the SAARTE-Zine please submit your contribution ASAP in order to have your latest press release published.


Michael Matthews
Digital Publisher

06.02.01 Art for a New Time Contest on the Web

Worldwide Creativity Contest on the Web - An innovative approach to Sponsoring using the Internet has been online since November 2000 (

Creative talents from around the world are invited to submit their visions of work and life in the near future, as design proposals for display on streetcars (trams), which will run on the streets of D�sseldorf, Germany in late 2001. Under the patronage of the German Multimedia Association (, this contest will be held from November 2000 through June 2001. An international jury consisting of experts in the fields of art, promotion and e-business will select the five best designs from all submissions.

One artist from each continent will receive an award of US$ 7500 from the sponsor of the contest. The sponsor is a multinational company that will use the designs for promotional purposes in the context of a gradual marketing campaign. The sponsor's identity will be announced on the conclusion of the contest.

Concept and design of the contest website has been created by turn-key GmbH (, a multi-media agency based in Ratingen, Germany.

Send submissions to:

Brita Keydel
turn-key GmbH
Stadionring 32
40878 Ratingen

Tel: +49(0)2102-997-113
Fax: +49(0)2102-997-199

16.01.01 2001 China 9th International Photographic Art Exhibition

Photography is a window of cultural exchange. Photography is a bridge to facilitate the development of the friendship between Chinese people and peoples all over the world.

The Chinese Photographers Association sincerely invites you - photographic societies and federations, professional and amateur photographers from all parts of the world - to submit entries to China 9th International Photographic Art Exhibition, which will be held in September 2001 in China.

Entry Conditions:
1. There is no restriction on theme, form or style of the prints. However, new artistic ideas and different schools of photography are encouraged. Prints or slides previously accepted in the international and national photographic exhibitions held by CPA are ineligible.
2. Three sections of works are accepted for the exhibition: Colour prints. Monochrome prints and Colour slides (35mm only). Each entrant may submit a maximum of 4 prints for each section.
3. All prints must be entirely the work of the participant. A form for filling the titles of the exhibits should be stuck to the back of each print (fill in according to the attached forms). This form can be duplicated.
4. Size of the print: 30 X 40cm (12"x16"). All prints must not be mounted and rolled. All those that violate the rules will not be judged. Slides: 35mm (5x5cm frame. Glass mounts are forbidden.)
5. Fee: Overseas entrant including entrants from Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions and Taiwan Province: US$10 or 30 IRC per author. Prints without fee will be neither judged nor returned.
6. All the works and entry fees should be sent by mail only as "Printed matter - no commercial value", with the mention: Photographic works for China 9th International Exhibition only. They will be returned to sender. Send entries to:

International Liaison Department, CPA
61 Hongxing Hutong, Dongdan, Beijing 100005, P. R. China
tel/fax: +86-10-65131859
tel: +86-10-65141380

7. Each entrant whose prints is/are accepted in the exhibition will receive a relevant medal and a certificate as well as an attractive catalogue.
8. The exhibition committee reserves the right to reproduce any accepted works for publicity, press or VCD without payment in any form.
9. All works will be handled with utmost care, but the organizer won't answer for loss and ruin or any unexpected loss of the works in transport. The author will be responsible for the portrait right and fame concerning the model in his/her works and any other issues resulting from this, the organizer will hold no responsibility.
10. It is understood that the author submitting his/her works accepts the rules and conditions above.

The jury will consists of 5 international and 6 domestic famous photographer. The jury will select about 350 works for exhibition and award the following prizes.

Categories and Awards:
A. Social life and journalism:
1 FIAP Gold Medal, 2 Silver Medal, 4 Bronze Medal, 8 Medals for excellence
B. Folkways and customs
1 FIAP Gold Medal, 2 Silver Medal, 4 Bronze Medal, 8 Medals for excellence
C. Nature and ecology
1 FIAP Gold Medal, 2 Silver Medal, 4 Bronze Medal, 8 Medals for excellence
D. Landscape
1 FIAP Gold Medal, 2 Silver Medal, 4 Bronze Medal, 8 Medals for excellence
E. Advertisement and still-life
1 FIAP Gold Medal, 2 Silver Medal, 4 Bronze Medal, 8 Medals for excellence
F. Computer, darkroom
1 FIAP Gold Medal, 2 Silver Medal, 4 Bronze Medal, 8 Medals for excellence
G. People and portrait
1 FIAP Gold Medal, 2 Silver Medal, 4 Bronze Medal, 8 Medals for excellence
H. Science, education, culture and sports
1 FIAP Gold Medal, 2 Silver Medal, 4 Bronze Medal, 8 Medals for excellence
I. Special award by jurors (recommended by jurors)
11 Medals
J. Award for the person or society who has made great contributions to the exhibition
3 Medals

Photographers who have won a Gold Medal will be invited to the awards and opening ceremony of the exhibition and pay a visit of photographic creation in China for one week. The organizer will bear the expenses including food, accommodation and transport of the visitors in China while they themselves will bear the round-trip travel fee from where they live to Beijing.

Explanation of the categories above:

1. The theme of the works should show the real life today such as the social trends and hot topics concerning the public, new people and new things that are constantly coming to the fore, spot events etc. all over the world.
2. Folkways, local conditions and customs: the works should be shot in recording and selecting of saving cultural heritage of various nations all over the world, such as to show the different faith and folkways, ways of production and life of various nations and traditional arts etc.
3. Nature and ecology: with the awareness of the need to protect the environment as the guiding ideology to display the changes of the resources of the earth, and landforms, the animals and the plants on the earth.
4. To show the chasing appreciation of beautiful and the photographic artistic styles of the photographers through the scenery of lakes and mountains, landscape, urban or rural buildings, etc. 5. To give products and still utensil with outstanding connotation and visual effect.
6. Develop and process the prints with computer and digital images or darkroom techniques to create various forms of photographic expressions.
7. Works are mainly portrait photographs focusing on the graceful bearings and dispositions of the modern people in all walks of life (famous people, great men or common people). Both in and out of the house are accepted.
8. Photos shot during the performances, sports games, the life of professional players, amateur sports activities, military training school life etc.

Organized by the Chinese Photographers Association
Patronized by the Federation of International Art Photography (FIAP) No. 2001/047

Closing date (deadline for entry): June 1, 2001
Judging: June 20-25, 2001
Exhibition: September 2001
Prints returned: October 10, 2001

16.01.01 'Manuscript Exhibition 3' seeks entries

Manuscript Exhibition 3 will be exhibited in Johannesburg in September this year and subject to funding, will be launched at the Grahamstown Festival in July. I shall also apply for funding to produce a catalogue of the exhibition which is why work will need to be submitted well before the exhibition.

For the purposes of this show, manuscripts include the following: a solo or a collective effort; a journal, notes & 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, documentary; a thesis or other research notes; any other gatherings in pictorial form or otherwise.

There have been two annual Manuscript exhibitions so far. The third will take place this year and subject to funding, will be launched at the Grahamstown Festival in July. The exhibitions have been at Carfax, 1999 and Boekehuis (House of Books) in 2000, in Johannesburg and have travelled to a number of other venues, including the Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg (1999), the NSA (Durban) (1999), Centre for the Book, Cape Town (funded by the Arts and Culture Trust of the President) (2000) and is due at the National Museum in Bloemfontein (February, 2001).

There are catalogues available (the second was funded by the NAC) which record the exhibitions in which most of the text has been drawn directly from writing provided by the exhibitors themselves. Visuals are, more often than not, details of manuscripts scanned directly from the works.

Artists who have exhibited to date include Willem Boshoff, Wilma Cruise, Stephan Erasmus, Sasha Fabris, Karin Lijnes & Rossinah Maepa, Alistair Mclachlan, Robyn Sassen, and Jenny Stadler.

If you wish to apply for participation in Manuscript Exhibition 3, please e-mail: or write to: Art Studio, Postnet Suite 136, Private Bag X2600, Houghton, 2041.

Deadline for submissions: 1st April 2001
Deadline for submission for selection: 30 April 2001

14.11.00 Fourth Edition of the MEDIA SAVE ART Award

This award is an international press competition for articles dealing with the preservation of cultural heritage - a contentious and often agenda-inflected area in South Africa. Thus far, no South Africans have featured as award-winners, yet the raw material provided by the South African context is the stuff that writer's dreams are made of. Two prizes of US$ 4,000 will be made, to the author of the best article and the best series of articles respectively.

The biennial competition is administered by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), an intergovernmental organisation created by UNESCO in 1959. An international jury of professionals from the world of media, conservation and culture will select the winners in each category. Only five entries from each individual may be submitted and the criteria are as follows:

1. Deal with the theme of safeguarding cultural heritage (deterioration, preservation, conservation, and restoration). Cultural heritage is understood as comprising museums, archives, libraries, monuments, historic and archaeological sites;
2. Be published between June 1, 1999 and May 31, 2001 in a newspaper or a magazine on sale to the public;
3. Be intended for the general public. Articles published in the specialised press for professionals are not eligible;
4. Be submitted in one original copy with a summary of 200 words in English or in French, if not written in one of these languages. Photocopies are admitted only if the text, the name of the newspaper, of the author and the date of publication are readable. The entire translation is required only for articles admitted for the final selection;
5. Reach the address below no later than June 30, 2001

Attn. Monica Ardemagni
Via di San Michele, 13 - 00153 Rome, Italy
Tel. + 39 06 585531/58553324
Fax: +39 06 58553349
Web Site:

Request the registration form to the above address.

For further info in South Africa please email


20.03.01 Short-term research openings at the Robben Island Museum

Robben Island Museum has short-term (two months - six months) vacancies for heritage researchers who have initiative and are able to work without close supervision (visual historical, archival, planning/building conservation) for appointment as soon as possible.

People who have experience of "struggle cultural production" would have an advantage, but this is not essential. We would like the appointed researchers to work on projects for exhibitions planned for our Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island, the V&A Waterfront building which is due to open in November.

If you know of anyone who may fit the requirements and is available, I would appreciate it if you could give them this e-mail contact: Lenore Pastor-Makhurane

30.01.01 Monthly Photographic Critiques

Many years ago a bunch of Cape Town photographers used to meet once a month at UCT to discuss their creative and/ or professional work. The evenings produced some heated debates and bruised egos but were ultimately very constructive. More recently Eric Miller initiated and hosted the iAfrika sessions and the Monday night Biocafé evenings. We have decided to resuscitate these useful crit evenings at the Centre for Photography. The first of these will be on Monday 5th February at the Centre (31-37 Orange Street, Gardens) at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

All photographers are invited to bring photographs, photo essays and/ or slides they would like to discuss, to these meetings. The works discussed will include ALL disciplines, not only documentary work. All full-time photography students are also welcome as are photographers from other parts of SA. We will use the Centre gallery space (where the Paul Weinberg show was) as there is good exhibition lighting and loads of parking.

As we will need to limit the number of critiques/ discussions per evening, please contact Geoff Grundlingh on 082 490-2459 or Eric on 083 225-9675 (Eric is in Eritrea until the 3rd).