Archive: Issue No. 77, January 2004

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16.01.04 Call for entries for VANSA Logo Design Competition


01.05.03 International masterclass on Creation and Design for Interactive Systems
01.03.03 Documentation of artwork


20.12.03 An invitation to participate in 52WEEKS52WORKS
20.12.03 Call for applications for Thupelo Workshops
20.12.03 Call for Makers in Residence
15.11.03 Second Call for submissions: Big magazine's South Africa issue 01.11.03 Sculpture Park Project: Oliewenhuis Art Museum
01.11.03 AVA invites submissions
01.11.03 Call for Artists: 2004 Iowa Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Miniature Prints
01.11.03 ArtSPACE Durban calls for exhibition proposals for 2004
15.10.03 My Mission: call for submissions
15.09.03 Donate your art to aids orphans auction website


01.12.03 Studio space available in Loop Street, Cape Town
01.12.03 Space to hire at the Old Bijou, Cape Town
15.11.03 The Association of Black Photographers invites proposals
15.10.03 TGD4 - International Workshop in Tambacounda
15.10.03 Painting job in Tuscany
15.09.03 Space for hire at Joáo Ferreira
15.11.02 Opportunities for artists to teach in Colombia
08.05.01 The new Michaelis Art Shop


Call for entries for VANSA Logo Design Competition

The Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) is holding a competition for the design of its logo. The logo must reflect this organisation's identity as a national body representing, advancing and developing the interests of the visual arts sector in South Africa.

VANSA is a national non-profit body, which was launched in March 2003 in order to lobby for recognition and opportunities for artists, arts-affiliated institutions, bodies and organisations. VANSA aims to have a broad-based membership that includes individuals, organisations and businesses involved in all aspects of the visual arts, including education. All art forms are addressed by the organisation, including, amongst others, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, graphic art, new media, and performance art.

The winning entrant will receive a cash prize of R1000, which has been sponsored by Zellen Art Products.

Deadlines for entries: Monday, March 15, 2004

Entries to be submitted to the Association For Visual Arts, 35 Church Street, Cape Town, 8001

Tel: (021) 424-7436

For more information contact Nadja Daehnke 073 304-0843 or


International masterclass on Creation and Design for Interactive Systems

Applications are open for the 2004 edition of the International Masterclass on Creation and Design for Interactive Systems, organised by MECAD/ Media Centre of Art and Design of the Superior School of Design ESDi. The masterclass will train designers, creators and producers in digital interactive systems within the fields of culture, interactive art, corporate and institutional production, education and other related fields.

The masterclass takes place with professors of international prestige and with the collaboration of two other prestigious centres: ZKM - Centre for Art and Media, Germany, and KHM - Media Art Academy in Cologne, Germany. The masterclass takes place from February 16 to July 9, 2004.

The masterclass will be held at Passeig de Gr�cia, 114, pral., Barcelona, Spain.

For more information:
MECAD\Media Centre d_Art i Disseny de ESDi
Passeig de Gràcia, 114, pral.
08008 Barcelona (Spain)

Tel.: (+34) 93 416 00 00
Fax: (+34) 93 237 74 74

Professional documentation

If you need any professional art documentation done for reproduction or electronic purposes, please contact me for artist friendly quotes.

I work from a studio I hire in Rosebank, Johannesburg. It�s very secure and there is a lock-up space if works needs to stay for documentation. I am also available to do location documentation for large/ permanent installations. I work on transparency, mostly medium format, but also 35mm upon request. High-resolution drum scanning can also be arranged. References are available if you're not familiar with my work.

Hannelie Coetzee
Tel: (011) 447-1529 or 082 810 1835


An invitation to participate in 52WEEKS52WORKS

Introducing a project for both the actualised and the frustrated culture maker.

This is a year-long public art event where participants make an artwork every week for the whole of 2004. The project is open to everybody - all you need is access to the Internet once every seven days.

Works can be of any size and in any medium, as long as they engage the public and get out of your flat/ studio and off your computer. Don't restrict your thinking to traditional art practices. Your work needn't be an object; your work can be anything from a poster to a performance. It's your work and your call.

All works must be documented, as this documentation will become the evidence of your participation. Once the website is up, your documented works will be uploaded weekly to act as an artistic diary for yourself and others.

Throughout the year special '52WEEKS52WORKS' events in which you might want to participate will take place - this project will also act as a creative database for external projects as well. A catalogue will be produced to feature the artists who have completed the project.

Log on for more information by sending your details to The details of the website will be forwarded to you. You must commit to completing all 52 works in the 52 weeks starting January 1, 2004 and ending January 2, 2005. Documentation for each week's work is to be received by 6pm on the Sunday of that week. Documentation must be jpeg (72dpi) or text file.

We are hoping that 52WEEKS52WORKS gets lots of participants, as the thought of new work happening all over Cape Town/ South Africa/ Overseas every week is really very exciting. This is not a curated exhibition - it is an open platform for individuals to produce work, explore processes and map global public culture-making. You don't have to attend meetings, fill out forms or deal with sponsor's logos - the project is yours and takes the form of your weekly work. We expect this project to push your creativity with its tight weekly deadlines, but also expect it to be fun for all the same reasons. It's an opportunity for you to purge your notebooks of unused ideas and create space for new ones to arrive.

Call for applications for Thupelo Workshops

"Thupelo workshops are organised for artists by artists and are initiated in response to a need for interaction between themselves. 'The concentration of so much energy and commitment into a short period of time encourages risk-taking and experimentation that might not happen in the artist's own studio. At the same time the process of exchange that lies at the heart of the Workshops, based on the Triangle model, often has a long-term influence on the practice and sometimes the lives of the participants. The strong emphasis on process rather than product engendered by the workshops means that the work made and exhibited at the workshop open days is often not finished work." - Robert Loder.

We invite you to apply for the next regional workshop which will be held for ten days at Ulwazi School in Langa, in March 2004 (dates to be confirmed) culminating in an open day/ exhibition of work-in-progress on the final day. The workshop is open to any adult working full time in the visual arts in Cape Town. We are including in this year's workshop a few places for artists of other disciplines such as performance, music, poetry, film, etc.

Submit applications to: The Committee, Thupelo, P O Box 250, Woodstock, 7915

Please do not submit applications electronically

Your application must include -
- A motivational letter
- 6-8 images of work

Deadline for applications - February 19, 2004

For further information contact Alex (021) 447-9699

In addition to the above, applications are invited for an International Thupelo Workshop to be held in September in Prince Albert in the Karoo, about four hours from Cape Town. Travel costs to and from Cape Town and specialist art materials need to be covered by the artists, while Thupelo will cover all other expenses, providing our funding is confirmed. Please state clearly on your application if you are able to obtain funding for your own participation as well as travel to and from Cape Town.

Your application must be sent to the above address and should include -
- A motivational letter
- A letter of reference
- 6-8 images of work
- CV

Deadline for applications is June 15

In the past some artists have not fully understood the unique nature of the workshop. We therefore have found it necessary to ask you to formally acknowledge having read and understood all the documentation included in this invitation as well as what is on our website

Call for Makers in Residence

The South Project is a new conversation between people of the southern hemisphere. The South Project welcomes artists from South America, Africa and the Pacific to submit expressions of interest for our Makers-in-Residence Program. Artists with skills in the creative use of recycled materials are encouraged to apply. The residency provides an opportunity for two artists to live and work in Melbourne, Australia for a 4-5 week period beginning June 2004.

Submissions are due January 19, 2004.

Download a brief at

More information about the South Project is available at:

Second Call for submissions: Big magazine's South Africa issue

Overview: For over twelve years now the New York-based magazine BIG has been investigating the spirit and soul of places around the globe: New Jersey, Chile, Paris, Brazil, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles; the list is endlessly growing. Soon it will include South Africa.

Founded in Spain in 1991, by the Chilean Marcelo Junneman, BIG is regarded to be one of the most interesting and innovative magazines currently around. Initially based in Spain, BIG moved to New York in 1995. Its content is formed from a collaboration of the world's top photographers, designers and writers. BIG now produces each issue in a different country with different teams of contributors.

The magazine is considered a free space, unbounded by traditional magazine editorial constraints. The creative community have recognised this. BIG magazine "prides itself on high production values, encouraging the cream of the world's magazine photographers," commented The Sunday Times of London. "The magazine's commitment to quality and broad editorial freedom has always meant that it could attract the strongest talent," stated Creative Review. "What began in 1991 as a revolt against publishing norms has itself become a norm for the 21st century," said Wired.

Amongst its wide ranging list of past collaborators and contributors are: Martin Parr, Joel Meyerowitz, Tim Burton, Stefan Ruiz, Terry Richardson, Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton-Jones, Sean Ellis, Mario Sorrenti, Javier Vallhonrat, Oscar Niemeier (architect), James Jarvis (illustrator), David Carson (designer), Lee Swillingham (designer), Ekow Eshun (editor), Doug Aitken (artist), Katie Grand (stylist).

Recent accolades include: Gold Medal in Photography, The Society of Publication Designers, New York (2001, 2000), Merit Awards, The Society of Publication Designers, New York (2002, 2001, 1999)

The Call: South African photographers, artists, illustrators, this is a call for submissions, an invitation to you to participate in the realisation of 'BIG South Africa: Year Ten'. If you are interested in being published in this award winning title, in being associated with a creative network of art directors, photographers, writers and editors already features in BIG, this is your opportunity.

For further details on how to schedule a portfolio review date as well as a PDF format overview document, contact Sean O'Toole at:

Tel: (011) 339 3724/ (073) 146 2046

Sculpture Park Project: Oliewenhuis Art Museum

Oliewenhuis Art Museum is a satellite of the National Museum situated in Bloemfontein, the Free State. It is one of the youngest museums of its kind in the country and the only art museum in the province. The museum is situated in magnificent gardens overlooking the inner city making it an ideal site for a sculpture garden.

Oliewenhuis Art Museum has received funding from the National Lottery Board to launch and to co-ordinate a project whereby sculptors are invited to submit proposals for the execution and erection of sculptures to be permanently situated in the museum gardens. Artists are invited to submit proposals in drawing form, together with a budget, which will include envisaged materials, details of execution, instalment, transport and a timetable proposal.

Thereafter, selected artists will be invited to submit maquettes for a final selection of approximately 10 works. The sculpture garden seeks to broaden the parameters of art making so as to address new audiences and aims to involve artists from all over the country working in different media and styles.

Entry forms and details are available from Oliewenhuis Art Museum, P O Box 266, Bloemfontein.

For additional information, please contact Craig Booth or Sharon Crampton:

Tel: (051) 447 9609
Fax: (051) 447 9283

AVA invites submissions

The Association For Visual Arts (AVA) in Cape Town invites submissions from visual artists who wish to exhibit at AVA from 2004 onwards. The Selection Committee of the AVA meets every two months to review submissions and the next meeting takes place on Wednesday, November 19. Selection meetings take place every second month thereafter.

Interested artists should bring to the gallery six to eight works (these can be supplemented by visual material such as slides and photographs), a CV and a short letter of intent or an artist's statement. The committee is most interested in reviewing the work that the artists wish to exhibit or else their most recent works. Artists can collect their works the day after the meeting.

In addition, any curators wishing to curate exhibitions for AVA should submit proposals to AVA's Selection Committee.

AVA is committed to the ongoing promotion of art and artists, both emerging and established, both formally trained and self- taught. For more information, contact Estelle Jacobs.

Association for Visual Arts
35 Church Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 424 7436
Fax: (021) 423 2637

Call for Artists: 2004 Iowa Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Miniature Prints

The Iowa Biennial Exhibition will exhibit an international survey of contemporary miniature prints in all 2-D media to be held beginning June 2004. There is no entry fee and up to three [3] works may be submitted.

For further details contact download a pdf (Adobe Acrobat) information sheet,
OR or visit

ArtSPACE Durban calls for exhibition proposals for 2004

ArtSPACE Durban (aSd) is looking for artists to submit proposals for exhibiting work in 2004. Contemporary work, including installations and new media with a focus on challenging embedded perceptions, is encouraged.

aSd is housed in a warehouse just off Umgeni Road in Durban in a suitably gritty industrial environment with a view of the sea. The space is robust and calls for interaction. Exhibition rentals are reasonable as the Main Gallery is R280 per week (180 sq. meters), the Middle Gallery R140 per week (50 sq. meters) and the Coffee Lounge R 60 per week (48 sq. meters). ASd can also take care of invitations (per 1000 (A6) R 550) whilst postage is R1.80 per invite.

The running wall space of the various galleries is as follows:

Main Gallery: 33 meters @ 3.5 meters high
Middle Gallery: 18.4 m @ 3 m high
Coffee Lounge 15.2 m @ 3 m high
Total 66.6 m

25% commission is charged on works sold.

For more info contact Karen on 312-0793 or 083-300-9804.

My Mission: call for submissions

'{self}_representation 2003', the new show on Le Musee di-visioniste curated by Agricola de Cologne and launched on September 30 2003, invites artists to submit to the recently initiated project 'My Mission', a collection of textual self-representations in form of artistic statements.

Please send your statement as a short text in plain email format (no more than 500 words), stating how you see your mission as an artist.

'My mission' is an ongoing project with an open end, so you can send your statement at any time, there is no deadline.

All serious entries will be immediately included.

Send submissions to with 'My Mission' in the subject line. or

Donate your art to AIDS orphans auction website

Last year the Art for AIDS Orphans auction raised over a million rands for AIDS orphans. Organizer Nicci Bailey is currently setting up a permanent charity website gallery,, and are requesting that all artists who would like to donate a piece for this worthy cause to log onto our site.

Contact: Nicci Bailey


Studio space available in Loop Street, Cape Town Seven rooms on the seventh floor of the building on the corner of Loop and Shortmarket streets (above the old Function, now Sutra nightclub) are available for artists to rent. Each room is approximately 30 square metres with excellent natural light, and all open onto central 60 square metre room. As it stands, rental costs R30/ square metre, but as more tenants commit, the price will go down.

All tenants are liable only to the building's owner, so no one else will bear the cost if someone cannot pay rent or leaves. The building owner is quite keen to have a floor of artists, and the situation, around a large central space, would be ideal for small shows, or showing work to clients.

The building seems pretty secure and there is a supervisor available, while diagonally across the road is Cadiz Nosh Bar, so there is a lot of activity in the evening, which actually makes it a bit safer.

For more information, email:

Space to hire at the old Bijou, Cape Town

Situated on Lower Main Road, Woodstock, the old Bijou is home to the Blacksmith Forge, and was previously Public Eye and Odd Enjinears headquarters as well as The Curve bar. This large Deco building was formerly a cinema and has many separate and linked spaces. Currently the front of the building, from where The Curve bar was situated up to the top, including a projection room and space under the steps, the open-air steps and deck, are unoccupied. This premise would suit an adventurous company with a need for space and mind-blowing offices.

For more information contact:

The Association of Black Photographers invites proposals

Autograph Association of Black Photographers (ABP) is seeking proposals or expressions of interest from freelance photography curators to work closely with the organisation on developing, managing and delivering its programme of photography projects.

You will have a proven track record of curating and an established international network of artists and galleries. You must have an understanding of issues relating to representation, cultural diversity and human rights within photographic practice and be able to see a project through all stages of development including funding applications and evaluation. Excellent project management and negotiation skills are therefore essential.

Send applications by letter only, containing -

1. A letter and CV outlining your experience
2. A short statement on why your curatorial experience is of relevance to Autograph

Send to Autograph ABP, 74 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A3JG, UK

TGD4 - International Workshop in Tambacounda

Our organisation Collectif Artistes Plasticiens (CAP), based in Geneva and in Tambacounda (southeast Senegal), is organising an artistic exchange programme. Entitled 'TGD4 - International Workshop in Tambacounda', professional artists (both visual and performance artists) can apply until November 30. The exchange takes place from December 15, 2004 to January 1, 2005.

Details and mode of application are available on our web site:

Email: or

Painting job in Tuscany

An established Italian artist is looking for an assistant. Candidates have to be technically gifted young figurative painters. The studio is located in a beautiful town in Tuscany. Please send some images of your work. Please reply to:

Space for hire at Joáo Ferreira Gallery

Joáo Ferreira Gallery presents the "ultimate venue for hire for functions, photo and film shoots, parties and launches. We offer two large, spacious NY loft-style rooms. The venue is suitable for live music, there is safe parking and catering and other facilities are available within the gallery space."

80 Hout Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423-5403
Fax: (021) 423-2136

Opportunities for artists to teach in Colombia

The Centro Colombo Americano is a non-profit binational cultural centre, founded in 1947 by a group of interested North Americans and Colombians who wished to strengthen the relationships between their countries. The institution is dedicated to promoting human development through academic and cultural programmes with a multicultural perspective, fostering extensive exchange with the United States and the world. In the case of applicants who have a background in the arts, they will actively participate in our ABC programme, which is an initiative to bring the arts into the language-teaching classroom both for adults and for children. Practicing visual artists will also have the possibility to be considered for an exhibition in the centre gallery. For more information on our visual arts exhibition programme, visit our website at, and click on English version, then Gallery.
Medell�n is a pleasant city in the heart of the Andes Mountains, with a year-round temperature of 74 degrees Fahrenheit. With more than two million inhabitants, it is known for its vigorous industrial development and its beautiful flowers. The people, called 'Paisas', are known for their friendliness and clearly spoken Spanish. You can read more about Medell�n and Colombia in, or
Should you have any questions, please feel free to email us and we will arrange to call you to speak personally. We are sure that you will find working with us professionally challenging and fulfilling. Please feel free to check our website for further information on the Center.
If you are interested, send your CV and a recent photo to:
The Academic Director
Centro Colombo Americano
Carrera 45 No. 53-24
Medell�n, Colombia, South America
Tel: (574) 513-4444 Ext.237, Fax: (574) 513-2666

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