Archive: Issue No. 55, March 2002

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20.03.02 Figure drawing workshop at Technikon Pretoria

28.02.02 Slide evenings at the Biocafé in Cape Town
17.10.01 The Arts Diary on

06.03.02 Opportunity for comic artists and fanzine editors
13.02.02 Tygerberg Foto 2002 competition
23.01.02 NSA Gallery invites exhibition proposals
16.01.02 Take part in 'EXCHANGE#01': A Blow-Up Gods Project
21.09.01 Fortis Graphix animated gif contest
05.06.01 Proposals for the Museum of Temporary Art

31.07.01 Artists' residency at Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Norway
05.06.01 Surreal Estates residence in Sacramento, California

13.03.02 Artist auctions participation rights for Manifesta 4
06.03.02 Christie's fourth annual camera specialist visit
20.02.02 Invest in a South African feature film
06.02.02 Studio space available in Cape Town
14.11.01 Studio space available in Cape Town
31.10.01 Bang the Gallery available for functions
10.07.01 South African photographers' database
12.06.01 Space for hire at João Ferreira Fine Art
08.05.01 The new Michaelis Art Shop


Figure drawing workshop at Technikon Pretoria

The Department of Fine and Applied Arts of Technikon Pretoria will present a figure drawing workshop for beginners to experienced drawers. The workshop will be presented by Carl Jeppe, who will take the students through the various stages of figure drawing, working in pencil, charcoal and inks and covers basic to advanced figure drawing principles.

The workshop will run from Saturday 15 June - Monday 17 June 2002. The workshop starts each day at 9am and continues until 4pm, with an hour's break for lunch.

Materials will be supplied, but if you have any special preferences you are welcome to bring your own materials. Models will be supplied. The cost for the three-day workshop is R900 (this includes refreshments and lunch).

If you are from out of town, excellent accommodation is available, at reasonable rates, but please book early.

A deposit of R200 is payable to secure your place. The balance of R700 is payable at the start of the course. A certificate of attendance will be issued after the successful completion of the workshop.

The figure drawing workshop will be presented at the Arts Campus, 24 Du Toit Street (cnr Du Toit and Struben Streets) in Building 9, Room G6 where secure parking is available.

For more information or to make your reservations, please contact Carl Jeppe at 012 318 6143 or Carien Cilliers at 012 318 6159.


'Talking Images' at the Biocafé in Cape Town

One of the great successes of the first Cape Town Month of Photography was the series of slideshows at the Biocafé. The venue is hosting another series of "live exhibitions" entitled 'Talking Images', encouraging the dialogue between photographer and viewer which is often lost in the formal exhibition environment. Photographers are required to show their work (a body of between 15 and 25 slides around a topic) themselves, and to be open to informal dialogue with the audience. Work-in-progress or completed projects can be shown at these events which aim to include a broad range of genres, including photographers who are exhibiting in regular exhibitions as well. Photographers working in fashion, photojournalism, fine art etc are welcome to participate. Slide bodies should be well-edited and punchy and connected to some kind of common theme. Only about 20 photographers can be presented in the two evenings and already 8 photographers have committed themselves.

Mondays March 25 and April 8 at 8pm
Biocafé, 32 Kloof Street, Gardens
A bar will be open.

Info and applications: Jenny Altschuler on 082 935 5522 or

The Arts Diary on

Calling all artists. You can reach a new audience through the Internet - and it won't cost you a cent., the country's biggest and most comprehensive arts and culture website, has started a new service, the Arts Diary, parallelling their successful Show Guide, which lists all live performances around the country. The Show Guide is used extensively by the media and consulted by embassies and tour operators.

Just one click on Arts Diary and you can search the art world by artist, genre, province or when exhibitions are running. As search results display, there are links providing further information and background on, for example, the gallery hosting the exhibition or the artist. Categories of artistic creativity range from acrylic, airbrush, cartoons, ceramic, computer art, fine art, fabrics, geo art, graphic design, jewellery, multimedia, oils, pastels, photography, porcelain dolls and sculpture to watercolours.

There is no charge to put your details, or details of your exhibition, on the Arts Diary. You can load your information into the Arts Diary yourself. Simply go to the Utilities section on the front page and register by clicking on "Arts Diary - Artists/Galleries click here". Fill in and submit your information and the many visitors to, from all around the world, will have a better idea of what is happening on the South African arts scene.

The Arts Diary continues and expands's founding policy of connecting artists and audiences, providing information on the Web and through the daily ACEmail (Arts, Culture and Entertainment mail) news service. Get as much news about the arts that stimulate you and the entertainment that excites you by going to and, if you choose, by subscribing to ACEmail (details on our front page).


Opportunity for comic artists and fanzine editors

I am a comic artist, painter and fanzine editor looking for other artists and fanzine editors. I am very interested in other artists and also organising comics events. If you are interested in exchanges or in releasing your work in Portugal please contact me. My fanzine is called Gambuzine and was twice the winner of a fanzine contest on Festival Internacional de bd da Amadora. Last year I also organised a great fanzine meeting in Oporto. I don't know anything about comics in Africa.

Teresa Camara Pestana
Gambuzine Apartado 43, 3200-Lousa-Portugal

Tygerberg Foto 2002 competition

This annual photographic competition offers a R1 000 first prize and a R500 prize for a work in each category of the competition. These are:

A. Colour
B. Black and white
C. A photoseries of between three and six images
D. Digitally manipulated or enhanced prints derived from an image taken on a commercially available camera. All work must originate from a picture taken by the entrant and from no other source.

All works in categories A-C must originate from a black and white or colour silver-based process. All prints must be between 405 x 305mm and 180 x 130mm. All must have been taken after January 1 2001.

There are more conditions and details available on an entry form which is available from the Arts Association of Bellville and which must accompany each entry. Entries close at 2pm on April 10.

Contact the gallery on (021) 918-2301

NSA Gallery invites exhibition proposals

The NSA Gallery in Durban is inviting proposals for exhibitions by contemporary artists for 2002 and 2003. The gallery is housed in a custom designed complex, and consists of three gallery spaces, varying in size, and a dedicated multimedia room. The complex also houses a restaurant and gift shop. A floor plan is accessible from

The NSA Gallery is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting contemporary artists and art groups. The gallery hosts and initiates exhibitions of local, national and international stature and relevance. The gallery is committed to presenting new and challenging work and in order to extend its audience base, promotes debate around the arts with supporting educational initiatives. The NSA actively seeks and encourages new stakeholders through partnerships and networking.

Proposals, consisting of a resume, a portfolio of at least 10 visuals (digital, photographs or slides) and a concise artist's statement should be e-mailed or posted - see the relevant addresses below. Please note that competitive rental fees and commission apply.

More information:

Storm Janse van Rensburg
NSA Gallery
PO Box 37408
Tel: (031) 202 3686

'EXCHANGE#01': A Blow-Up Gods Project

"What does it mean when a man gets a fellow man's name tattooed on their body?"
"What does it mean when an African gets a fellow African's name tattooed on their body?"
"What does it mean when an artist gets a fellow artist's name tattooed on their body?"
"What does it mean when you get your name tattooed on your body?"

These are some of the questions you'll have to answer should you want to get the full benefit of participating in the latest project by the Blow-Up Gods, one that critiques the process of creating value and hits where it hurts, so to speak. January 10 2002 saw a unique exchange take place between two artists at the studio/home of Cape Town artist and hotel owner Barend de Wet: Moshekwa Langa agreed to hand Christian Nerf 500 coins. Nerf, in exchange, had Langa's name tattooed on his arm, or as the official statement reads, "Christian Nerf agreed to provide (media) space for the tattooing of 'Moshekwa' the name."

The coins exchanged for the act are now imbued with the added value of individual acknowledgement and certification and can now be exchanged for something other than their original denomination. By filling in the application form (downloadable below), you too can be the proud owner of a certified original. But get practising - as a would-be successful applicant, you will have impersonate Langa on the phone.

And what of Langa in all this? Does he feel ripped off, taken advantage of, flattered, or perhaps just plain suspicious? "No, none of that. I'm quite surprised actually. I think he's an enthusiastic, colourful bundle of energy. I'm amazed. It is has nothing to do with flattery. I felt a great empathetic pain for him at the time. From the beginning I was trying to get something out of him for less than what the object in question was worth. The value of the object never resides in the object in and of itself, but the emotional value one ascribes to it. So this is how it turned out."

As the infomercials say, you'd better call soon - this offer is open to Artthrob enthusiasts until April 1. And yes, there is the inevitable disclaimer: "The Blow-Up Gods reserve the right to select and reject applicants on a subjective basis." Don't we all.

Download application form (MS Word format)

Fortis Graphix animated gif contest

This an international, juried, bi-monthly event. The goal of the contest is to provide a forum for gif animators to show off their handiwork. The animation must be an original created by you. Higher scores are awarded to those animations which use original artwork. Judges look for originality, creativity, humour, download time, visual impact and technical proficiency. Animations must not exceed 100k. You may submit up to four animations per month. First prize is $20 and the entry deadline is the 25th of each month.

Email: Website:

Proposals for the Museum of Temporary Art

The Museum of Temporary Art, Cape Town - we take the "con" out of contemporary art.

The Museum of Temporary Art invites you to propose an installation in the unique exhibition space in Observatory.

Send your proposals to curator Barend de Wet -


Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim, Norway

Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder (LKV) was established in 1993. The name means "artists' workshops in Lademoen" (Lademoen is the name of a part of Trondheim). LKV contains 34 artists' studios, 6 workshops and 2 guest studios. The studios and workshops are located in an old school building dating from the turn of the century. The five-storey building has a total floor area of 2 264m2. In addition to 34 private studios the facility also includes two project rooms at 90 and 55m2 respectively. Over the last 6 years we have built up a printmaking workshop, photographic dark room, metal and welding workshop, carpentry, a computer room and digital video editing suite. LKV is run as a foundation.

LKV offers two guest studios (50m2, headroom 3,8m). The studios contain some basic tools (hammer, screwdrivers, stapler etc). The studio flats (30m2, fully furnished accommodation includes bedroom/living room, kitchen and bathroom) are located in a connected building. Both the studios and the flats are provided free of charge to artists from all over the world for a duration of 1 to 3 months. Longer residency can be negotiated in special circumstances. The rent for the studios is paid by the local authorities.

Residents may be asked to give lectures about their work for other artists in Trondheim. LKV does not have a gallery, any exhibition must take place in the studio, in one of our project rooms or outside LKV's premises. Guest artists may use the workshops by paying a fee. The guest artists are selected once a year by a committee of 3 professional artists on the basis of applications with slides or other documentation of work.

Trondheim is situated in the centre of Norway and lies on a fjord two hours from the open sea. The city is surrounded by a fine landscape of agricultural land, forests, hills and highlands with more mountainous regions to the south and east. Trondheim is the 3rd largest city in Norway. The city has throughout history been a cultural, spiritual, commercial and an educational centre including the University (NTNU) with institutes for film and drama, philosophy, anthropology, architecture, industrial design, construction technology and technical research. Trondheim has a rich cultural life with an art academy, music conservatory, symphony orchestra, concert hall, theatres, cinemas, clubs, bars and cafes.

For more information and application forms, contact Kjetil Krøvel (manager, LVK) at

Tel: +47 73 51 3515 (Mon, Tues, Thurs 10am - 4pm)
Fax: +47 73 51 3372

Surreal Estates Live/Work Community for visual artists, designers, mixed media artists and others

Surreal Estates, Ink, Sacramento, California, USA, invites visual artists, stage designers, mixed media artists and other artists interested to join their Live/Work Community in the Dixieanne neighborhood of Uptown Sacramento. Surreal Estates is a unique artist-owned project and invites visual artists to apply for ownership of a residence (500-700 square feet) and detached studio (800-1200 square feet).

The Uptown Art District, Surreal Estates' neighborhood, is the fresh, fertile and fascinating art scene in Sacramento. Opportunities abound for artists. Come be a part of Sacramento, and Surreal Estates!

For more information visit:


Artist auctions participation rights for Manifesta 4

Christoph Büchel, officially invited artist for Manifesta 4, European Biennial for Contemporary Art hosted in Frankfurt/Main, is auctioning his invitation and participation rights.

Bidding starts on the 19th of March at Lowest possible offer is $1 (E1,15). Bids can be made until the 29th of March and will be accepted from any persons.

The winner of the auction ie the buyer of the participation rights will be fully accepted and treated as any other invited artist in the exhibition by the curators and organizers of Manifesta 4 and will be subject to the same rules and regulations. The form of participation is subject to the consensus of the curators Iara Boubnova, Stéphanie Moisdon Trembley and Nuria Enguita Mayo. The exhibition will take place between May 24th and August 25th 2002 in different venues in Frankfurt/Main.

Invitation and participation rights include:

  • Preview visit in Frankfurt/Main. Travel and accomodation costs and a per diem for the participant will be covered by Manifesta.
  • Presentation of a project or works within the different exhibition venues of Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt: Portikus, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurter Art Association, St�del School, public space, etc.
  • Publications: The work or project of the participant will be documented in both the short guide and the catalogue accompanying the exhibition.
  • Budget: The production budget depends on the project or work and is subject to the consensus of the curators as for all other invited artists. Within the agreed upon budget the following services will be provided by Manifesta 4: artist's fee, production of the work, shipment to Frankfurt, installation and maintenance in Frankfurt, insurance, return shipment, travel and accomodation and per diems for the participant.
  • Documentation: 6 copies of the catalogue, two installation shots, full set of press-clippings.

Additional information and verification:
Online auction and product of sale:
Manifesta 4:
Dealer: Maccarone Inc., NY, contact: T: ++1 212-431-4977,

Manifesta was founded in the early Nineties in the course of the political changes in Europe with the aim of initiating an international dialogue among artists and their respective audiences in Europe and of creating a forum for new and innovative forms of contemporary art. Since 1996 the Manifesta Biennial has taken place in changing countries and cities. It has been hosted by Rotterdam, Luxemburg and Ljubljana. Manifesta 4 is curated by Iara Boubnova, Sofia; Nuria Enguita Mayo, Barcelona; and Stéphanie Moisdon Trembley, Paris.

Christie's fourth annual camera specialist visit

Christie's camera and photographic specialist Michael Pritchard FRPS will be returning to South Africa in April 2002 for the annual valuation visit collecting photographic equipment for Christie's London camera auctions. As in previous years Christie's will be offering free shipping from South Africa to London for property consigned during the visit.

The itinerary is:

Monday 15 April - Johannesburg
Tuesday 16 April - Johannesburg
Wednesday 17 April - Durban
Thursday 18 April - Port Elizabeth
Friday - 19 April - Cape Town
Saturday 20 April - Cape Town

Appointments may be made directly with Harriet Hedley on (011) 486 0967 for Johannesburg or Gillian Scott-Berning on (031) 207 8247 for Durban and Port Elizabeth and (021) 794 6966 for Cape Town. Visits to look at larger collections are also possible by arrangement.

Of particular interest for auction would be:

  • Leica screw or M-series cameras, lenses and accessories
  • Leica copies and quality postwar Japanese 35mm cameras such as Asahi Pentax
  • Selected Zeiss Ikon cameras such as Contarex and associated lenses
  • Selected quality interwar German-made cameras such as Zeiss Ikon, Voigtländer, Ihagee
  • Alpa cameras and lenses
  • Selected movie cameras such as Bolex 16mm
  • Nineteenth cameras and equipment
  • Subminiature, disguised and 'spy' cameras
  • Selected related photographic equipment such as magic lanterns, pre-cinema items, optical toys and photographic books and literature

Christie's remain the world leaders for auctions of collectible and vintage cameras from 1839 to the present and hold six specialist auctions a year. Details are at

Michael Pritchard can be contacted directly in London on +44 (0)20 7321 3279 or by email: or by mail at 85 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LD, UK.

Invest in a South African feature film

Tim Greene is making his first feature film, and he's looking for investors with a little bit of money and a whole lot of faith. Twist is the story of a Cape Town street kid, based on Dickens' classic Oliver Twist.

He's looking for 1 000 people, each of whom will buy a share at R1 000. In this way he'll raise a million bucks, with the risk widely spread. He hopes to turn rands into dollars.

Please support him by clicking to

Studio space available in Cape Town

Large studio space (35m2) available immediately, clean and safe, possible to share, R800 per month (excluding water and electricity), corner Loop and Bloem streets, Cape Town.

Tel: John 082 539-7781 or Carine 083 973-8362

Studio space available in Cape Town

Studio space available in a large shared space occupied mostly by artists, but also architects and various other professionals. Located on the border of Woodstock and Cape Town on the top floor of an old brick building, the studio offers 24-hour security and access, parking and the opportunity to work in a productive, professional space.

Tel: (021) 462 2095 (w) (021) 423 0929 (h)

Bang the Gallery available as a function venue

Bang has very successfully hosted a variety of functions inside the gallery in the past. These have included year-end functions, company launches, product launches, birthday parties and sit-down dinners. Should you be looking for a venue with a bit of a difference for your next function, please contact us for more information on venue hiring fees, availability etc.

Bang the Gallery, 21 Pepper Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 422 1477

Database of South African photographers

The South African Centre for Photography is compiling a database of all Southern African photographers. At this time we would like only your contact details to be able to send invitations, announcements etc per mail. Telephone and fax numbers would also be useful. If you know of photographers without email address who would like to receive information from the Centre for Photography you may include their details as well.

Send your details to Claire Breukle at as soon as possible.

Space for hire at João Ferreira Fine Art gallery

João Ferreira Fine Art presents the ultimate venue for hire for functions, photo and film shoots, parties and launches. We offer NY loft-style architecture, spacious interior, live music, safe parking, catering and other facilities within the gallery space.

80 Hout Street, Cape Town

Tel: (021) 423 5403 or 082 490 2977
Fax: (021) 423 2136

The new Michaelis Art Shop

The Michaelis Art Shop has moved and reopened in a space adjacent to the school's gallery. The shop supplies a wide range of fine art materials and offers student discounts on presentation of a valid student card. The shop is competitively priced and now officially open to the public.

The Gallery, Michaelis Art School, Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Gardens
Tel: (021) 426 1948
Hours: 9am to 5pm on weekdays