Archive: Issue No. 89, January 2005

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07.01.05 The Young Artist's Project
07.01.05 ABSA L'Atelier Awards 2005
07.01.05 The Statue of Freedom
07.01.05 Traveling Magazine Table by Nomads&Residents
07.01.05 Tsunami - call for submissions


04.12.04 The International Short Film Festival
04.12.04 Fringe Applications for the National Arts Festival
05.11.04 The Surface-online invites contributions
05.11.04 Funding sought for mosaic project
02.08.04 Gallery in Georgia, USA seeks South African artists
01.07.04 Submissions invited for Norwegian Opera House Commission
01.05.04 Remembering-Repressing-Forgetting Newmediafest 2004
03.02.04 2004 Commonwealth Photographic Awards
03.02.04 UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme
01.11.03 AVA invites submissions
15.10.03 My Mission: call for submissions
15.09.03 Donate your art to aids orphans auction website


04.12.04 Exhibitions and workshops for the 2006 Commonwealth Games

05.11.04 Office/ studio to let in Observatory
01.06.04 Space to hire at the old Bijou, Cape Town
01.05.04 Girls Night Out looking for sponsorship


The Young Artist's Project

The Young Artist's Project was initiated in 2002 as a platform for new and experimental work. The project is a curated initiative to give young artists an opportunity for a first solo exhibition and is experimental in nature. Applications are sought for four solo exhibitions/ projects to be hosted in the NSA Multimedia room during 2005/2006 at the NSA Gallery in Durban.

The NSA Gallery is inviting proposals from interested artists. Successful candidates will qualify for a subsidy that includes the printing and postage of invitations, venue rental, equipment, inclusion in a project publication, exhibition installation costs, participation in a seminar and a commissioning fee.


1. Open to artists working in installation, video, performance and/or new media.
2. Artists should not have had a solo exhibition before.
3. Artists to be available in Durban for installation and educational activities.
4. Preference will be given to site-specific work.
5. Artists to work closely with the NSA curator.

Your proposal should include:

1. A motivation for participation.
2. An artist's statement (one A4 page).
3. A proposed new project/installation.
4. A detailed Curriculum Vitae.
5. At least 10 images (photographs, slides or digital images) of recent or relevant work.
6. Newspaper clippings, catalogues, show reels etc.

Documentation to reach the NSA Gallery by Tuesday February 1.

For more information, contact Storm Janse van Rensburg or Nathi Gumede

Tel: (031) 202-3686
Fax: (031) 201-8051

ABSA L'Atelier Awards 2005

Artists are invited to submit entries for the Absa L'Atelier competition, South Africa's most prestigious art award and Africa's richest art competition for young artists with prize money totalling R400 000. The competition is held annually for artists aged between 21 and 35.

This year sees the competition celebrate its 20th year and is expected to produce the highest quality of entries in its prestigious history, as this country's most promising artists strive to land the sought-after prize of a six-month study period at the prestigious Cit� Internationale des Arts in the heart of Paris. Here they will be exposed to art and artists from around the world.

The prize includes R100 000 pocket money, a return ticket to France and free access to galleries and museums in the capital. Last year's winner was Conrad Botes.

A welcome addition to the competition is the Gerard Sekoto Award for the most promising disadvantaged artist with an income of less than R60 000 a year. The award - now in its second year - comprises a return ticket to Paris, three months' accommodation at the Cit� Internationale des Arts, nationwide touring exhibitions and French language classes. The total value of this prize is R80 000. It was won last year by Belinda Zangewa.

In addition, four merit award winners will each pocket R20 000 and while the top 10 finalists will receive a R1 000 bonus prize. This brings the total prize value of the Award to R400 000.

The Absa L'Atelier competition, presented in conjunction with the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA), has been the launch pad for the careers of many South African artists who have become household names on the global stage - artists such as Penny Siopis, William Kentridge, Karel Nel, Diane Victor and Colbert Mashile.

Entries will be accepted between March 1 and 4. For more information, competition rules, collection points and an entry form contact Cecile Loedolff:

Tel: (011) 350-5793

The Statue of Freedom

We wish to make designers and artists all over the world aware of a competition to design 'The Statue of Freedom' in South Africa. The statue will be the most significant piece of public art in Africa since the pyramids.

The statue will be erected in Mandela Bay in the Port Elizabeth harbour precinct and will commemorate the freedom miracle that has occurred in South Africa.

The competition will be officially launched early in January 2005, but you can visit the website at and register your interest. The competition is open to 'all creative South Africans as individuals or in consortia and involving associates from elsewhere in the world'.

Both the competition and subsequent project are under the auspices of the Mandela Bay Development Agency.

Traveling Magazine Table by Nomads&Residents

Nomads&Residents is a forum for visitors in the arts: making connections, supporting networks, setting up meetings.

This is an open call for magazines or periodicals published by non-profit and alternative spaces, independent groups, artists, and artists' collectives to be part of the 'Nomads&Residents' Traveling Magazine Table'. This collection of materials will be on view at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, Boston, this winter and spring. If you would like your magazine or periodical to be included in the collection, please send two copies of your latest issue(s) to:

The Center for Advanced Visual Studies
Attn: Traveling Magazine Table
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue N52-390
Cambridge MA 02139

For more information:

Tel: 617 452 2484

Send materials to:

About Nomads&Residents

Big cities are in a continuous flux, with a coming and going of people who settle in, stay temporarily or move through. Newcomers enter this flux, become part of the life of the city, and make connections with others. The city, as a space, contains possibilities through the dynamic relationships between people, which may provoke an active engagement. Strangers become friends, ideas become practice, models are being transformed into action. Nomads&Residents originated in New York, yet also bases its activities on the coming and going of people who settle in, stay temporarily or move through cities such as Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Munich and Amsterdam.

To read more about Nomads&Residents and browse through its archive and calendar of events please visit:

Tsunami - call for submissions

The current Asian tsunami disaster made it again evident: the human being cannot control the destructive powers of nature.

A Virtual Memorial and [R][R][F]2005---XP initiate on occasion of this disaster and in solidarity with all affected people in this human tragedy a net-based art project environment, entitled 'Tsunami'.

The title 'Tsunami' does thematically not only refer to this or similiar disasters in present or past, but beyond that 'Tsunami' is primarily also understood as a symbol for the inevitable, the immutable, for powers of nature, powers of destiny which cannot be controlled by the human being, situations of helplessness of which the human being is irrevocably at the mercy. Has he any chance to escape or take influence?

Nearly everybody wherever he may live has had experiences of that kind in one or the other way already. Artists around the globe are invited to reflect on these traumatic conditions of human life and submit art works, documents, texts or any other material which can be submitted as digital file.

'Tsunami' - this collaborative project will be published and featured on and simultaneously and will take part in all coming physical events of [R][R][F]2005--->XP, global networking project by Agricola de Cologne.

Following file types are accepted:

Text: .txt, .rtf, plain email
Image: .jpg,.gif., png
sound: .mpg3
movie: .mov, .avi, wmv, .swf, .drc, .mpeg2

The submission can consist of different parts, works or documents but must not exceed 5MB. All serious contributions will be accepted.

First deadline is March 31, afterwards ongoing, but the project will be launched on February 1 and from then on continuously updated.

Please use this form for submitting

1. Name, Email, URL
2. Brief bio (not more than 50 words/English)
3. Work(s) (number of entries, titles, year of origin, medium of original work, submitted media file types)
4. Short description for each submitted work (not more than 50 words/English)

Please send the submission as individual files attached to with 'tsunami' in the subject line.

The International Short Film Festival

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is one of the oldest and most renowned film festivals in the world. The Festival presents far more than a mere medley of current short productions. One of the most outstanding features of the Festival is the meticulousness with which the programme is compiled. Single works are thus presented in relation to one another, ideas and trends are elaborated, an interaction rendered possible, leading to a refreshingly new short film experience. Today, every imaginable format of moving picture is presented in Oberhausen, from the short artistic form, including music videos.

In 2004, more than 5000 films and videos were submitted to the competition, over 400 works were screened in front of approximately 20000 visitors, of whom 1000 were accreditations, and 250 press representatives.

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has become one of the world's most respected film events, where filmmakers and artists such as Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Werner Herzog, and more recently, Hassan Khan, Matthias Müller, Susan Turcot and Romuald Karmakar have presented their first films.

Each year the Festival presents numerous world premieres and international first-runs. In the course of the 50 year history of this competition one finds names such as Doug Aitken, Santiago Alvarez, Robert Frank, Takashi Ito, Roman Polanski, Pipilotti Rist, Gus Van Sant, Gillian Wearing, and Zelimir Zilnik.

The equal treatment of video and film in the competitions since the early 90s, the consistent incorporation of advertising and industrial films, and the introduction of the world's first festival award for music video clips made in Germany in the late nineties, are all aspects that place the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen at the forefront of the short film scene.

There is no entry fee and deadline for submissions is January 15, 2005. All selected works will be listed on our web site by mid March. The Festival will be held from May 5 - 10, 2005.

For more information and entry forms:

Tel: +49 (0)208 825 2652
Fax: +49 (0)208 825 5413

Fringe Applications for the National Arts Festival

The National Arts Festival Grahamstown runs from June 30 to July 9, 2005 and the closing date for Fringe Registration is February 27.

All those interested in participating on the Fringe (performing or visual artists) can apply for the information packages from the Festival Office in Grahamstown.

Contact Kate Axe Davies:

Tel: (046) 603 1103
The booklet and forms may also be downloaded from

Exhibitions and workshops for the 2006 Commonwealth Games

'Ubuntu - To Make a Place' is an exhibition to be staged as a highlight of the Commonwealth Games cultural programme. It will be located in the Melbourne Museum in association with the Spirit of the Games exhibition. 'Ubuntu' will offer visitors an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the cultures gathered in Melbourne for this event. They will see thought-provoking objects made with creativity and skill from materials local to the makers. Outside the exhibition, communities in Melbourne and regional centres will be able to interact with the makers through a series of satellite residencies in schools and galleries. The exhibition will help us understand the differences between cultures, while appreciating the shared creativity of their makers.

In July 2004, representatives from 14 southern countries met for the first time to discuss what it is that they might have to say to each other. This gathering marked the initial phase in a four-year journey designed to develop south-south dialogue that realises the new energy and potential of southern countries emerging from shadows of colonialism. The 'Ubuntu' project, administered by Craft Victoria, arises from this meeting.

The focus of Craft Victoria is to celebrate the 'world at hand'. This involves an appreciation of the skills and materials in our midst, both as an expression of local identity and as a means of adding value to our work. Craft Victoria manages the South Project, which is designed to find ways of giving expression to what it means to live in the south - 'Think global, make local' is one of its core principles.

At this stage, Craft Victoria is seeking expressions of interest from organisations and individuals who might be part of this project. In particular, we are looking for support in:

- distributing information about the opportunities of this exhibition for makers
- assisting makers travelling to Melbourne for the event
- professional development opportunities
- interest in being part of the discussion about the meaning of 'Ubuntu' and its relevance beyond South Africa

The South Project is a three year journey leading towards a Festival of the South in 2008. This journey entails four meetings where artists and writers can continue the exchange about what it means to live in the south. The first was in Melbourne, July 2004. 2005 will be in Auckland/Wellington (New Zealand), 2006 will be Santiago (Chile) and the final gathering in 2007 will be in South African (location to be confirmed).

'Ubuntu - to make a place' is one of many projects based on collaborative possibilities. Countries of the south are conditioned to be gazing northwards. This is an opportunity to look to each other and see what we can achieve together.

For more information, contact:

Kevin Murray
Craft Victoria
31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: 61 3 9650 7775
Email: or


The Surface-online invites contributions

The Surface-online is a Scottish-based international chronicle of observation and comment - a shop window for aspiring writers, poets, illustrators, photographers and journalists. We offer no fee.

The Surface is completely and fiercely independent and involves no charge at any time to either reader or contributor. The Surface is self-funded through donations. If you would like your work showcased to literary agents, art directors and editors worldwide then please feel free to contribute.

Each edition of The Surface will be hung on a theme, each theme broad and open to interpretation - your interpretation. We are open to suggestion on future themes.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions should be made to the editor of the specific section. Please read and follow the guidelines at

Visual Arts -

Photography -

Strip Cartoons -

For all other communications please contact the editor at

The Surface represents the diversity and talents of creative people. Submissions should reflect the interests of an international readership.

2004/05 - Themes

America - Following the USA elections we reflect on America. Despotic Empire or land of the free? America has established itself as a sole superpower - but to what purpose? There seem to a lot of people either side of the fence when it comes to loving or hating America. Does size matter? What does America mean, politically, economically, demographically, etc.? Does everyone believe the ideals that America holds dear - freedom, democracy? Are there truly any things which are self-evident? The deadline for copy and artwork is December 10, 2004.

Language - Reflections and explorations of the English language in its many forms and variations. In examining language are we looking at how our language shapes how we think, and therefore who we think we are? What would it mean for humanity to have a truly global language, should it ever occur? The deadline for copy and artwork is February 10, 2005.

Rise and Fall of God And the Devil - the inspirations of the sublime and the profane. Is God particularly relevant to the age in which we live? Secularism; do we actually need God any more? Have we grown up? The deadline for copy and artwork is April 10, 2005.

Second Generation - the impact of being the children of emigrants, (political, economic, nomadic), born in lands foreign to your parents, but so familiar to you. The tensions of the two cultures and values, the Old Ways contrasting with the New Ways, the irony of parents emigrating to provide a better life for their children, but still wanting their family to follow the old traditions, culture, values, language even, and religion, and the fabulous art forms that evolve from the melting pot of humanity the Global Village can and does produce. The deadline for copy and artwork is June 10, 2005.

Games - from the social games we play: white lies, flirtation, roles in society; to actual contests of strength, intellect or guile between people and countries. Olympian feats to drawing room farce - the world as the artist's game board. The deadline for copy and artwork is August 10, 2005.

Degrees of consciousness -The subtlety of consciousness and the scales on which it occurs. Sentience; self-awareness. From a single neuron to a whole universe. Where does it come from and can it be reproduced artificially? Is it just an illusion? What does it actually mean, if anything, to be able to reason about one's existence? The deadline for copy and artwork is October 10, 2005.

'Etcetera' - a new section edited collectively by the editorial team, it will contain approaches and material that don't fit into the more formal areas of The Surface: we want to highlight Internet-based installations, films, music, avant garde work, new projects online; in fact, anything that feeds our theme and provides surprise. This section will be accumulative with material, links and other media being retained and compacting as the issues proceed.

'Postcards from the edge' will be our own central pivot to this new section - it could be seen as artistic form of Bogging where artists and writers are connected from the same location - the writer produces a short piece of prose/poetry/text as the message of the postcard and the rtist/photographer creates an image. It will be about a specific place - in a one off production or as a series.

For more info, contact

Gallery in Georgia, USA seeks South African artists

Fine Art Gallery in Roswell, Georgia (USA) seeks talented artists from South Africa. The gallery is located in an affluent part of the city, surrounded by other galleries, bookstores and fine restaurants.

Please submit work and resumé to:

Laramee Fine Art
984 Canton St.
Roswell, Georgia (USA) 30075

Email submissions should be sent to:

Submissions invited for Norwegian Opera House Commission

The Art Committee for the New Opera House in Oslo, Norway, would like to draw your attention to an invitation to participate in a pre-qualifying round of public art/ design commission. Visit the following website for more information: where an English version is available.

Remembering-Repressing-Forgetting Newmediafest 2004 global networking is preparing a feature related to Iraq - the war and the period afterwards, and is looking for proposals of net-based art works, papers, articles, comments, links etc which fit in this spectrum.

Accepted works and items must have a clearly defined copyright note and will be included in the new Iraq module to be created. Besides URLs of works or sources, certain media files are acceptable, see specifications below.

Please use this form for submitting:

1. first name/ name of artist, email, URL
2. a brief bio/ CV (not more than 300 words)
3. title and URL or type of media file
4. a short work description (not more than 300 words)
5. one screen shot (max 800x600 pixels, .jpg)

Please send your submission to with 'Iraq' in the subject line.

Only these types of media files are accepted:

1. text - plain email, .txt or .doc
2. image -.jpg
3. movie -.swf, .dcr, .mov, .mpeg

The deadline is ongoing and as soon as submissions are accepted, they will be included and posted.

UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme

In the early sixties the Swedish philanthropist couple Aschberg donated a mansion located in Ile-de-France to UNESCO. In the memory of the patrons and in conformity with the spirit of their donation, the mansion was sold in 1992 and UNESCO decided to allocate the totality of the interests perceived from the capital of the sale to the creation of the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists.

The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists program was created in 1994 to open new career prospects to young artists and give them opportunities to continue their training in specialised institutions.

Since its creation, the number of fellowships granted and applications received regularly increase. Hundreds of young artists have already benefited from the program. For 2004/2005, the program proposes 57 fellowships offered by 48 partner institutions from 27 countries.

These fellowships are co-financed by the Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC) and an international network of partner institutions specialised in the training of artists. IFPC was created in November 1974 during the 18th session of UNESCO General Conference. The original objective was to create a development bank designed to help cultural management turned into a financial fund to support cultural projects. Today The Fund's mission consists in offering complementary funds to artists' and entrepreneurs' projects so that cultural diversity could profit from globalisation instead of being its victim.

For more information, please consult the website:

1, rue Miollis 75732 Paris Cedex 15 - France

2004 Commonwealth Photographic Awards

The 6th annual Commonwealth Photographic Awards, organised by the Commonwealth Press Union in collaboration with the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, is an open competition for amateur and professional photographers. A special category has been created this year for Under 18's.

For full details contact Jane Rangeley on email: or visit:

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

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


Office/ studio to let in Observatory

Available now. Fresh, light, secure, alarmed. Separate entrance through indigenous garden, 2x ADSL ports (connection included. In very cool new offices/renovated house in Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town. Seeking relaxed creative types. No BMWs/SLKs. R1650 p.m.

Call Sean: 083 9888 258, or email

Funding sought for mosaic project

About two years ago I got a whole lot of tiles donated very kindly by the late Peter Kroll. This was for another project which fell through. I was left with a whole lot of tiles and wondered what to do with them. Driving past the Yeoville Swimming Pool one day and seeing how shabby and delapidated it looked I decided it would be a great idea to do a mosaic there. (I live in Yeoville)

I got hold of the Sports and Recreation person in charge of the Yeoville Swimming Pool, who was very enthusiastic about the idea. He gave me the go-ahead and also said he would love Yeoville to be full of mosaics and murals. I then got a group of friends together and some helpers and over about 10 weeks we did the mosaic. I asked the council to scrub and clean the entrance which was filthy.

The swimming pool is one of the few places where families can go and peacefully enjoy themselves and I thought it deserved some attention. I also wanted to make some contribution by uplifting and beautifying Yeoville, as it has been severely neglected by the council. I'm hoping that by doing this mosaic it has a positive effect on the area and the people who use it. I do think people respond positively when they see that an effort is being made. I also think that groups of friends who are professionals should get together to do small projects to help uplift inner city areas in which ever way they can, either by doing an art project or perhaps by training people. A small effort can go a long way to improving our inner city.

The council now wants me to do the other 6 pools in Region 8 (including Ellis Park) except they say they have no budget. If you have any ideas on who I can contact for sponsorship (including any possible government departments), I would greatly appreciate it.

Please contact Gabrielle Ozynski

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 premises would suit an adventurous company with a need for space and mind-blowing offices.

For more information contact:

Girls Night Out looking for sponsorship

'Girls Night Out' is a thematic group show of invited artists to be held as part of the third Month of Photography festival, February 15 - March 20, 2005 at the João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town.

Curators Tracy Lindner Gander and Geeta Chagan, are looking for like-minded businesses/ individuals to sponsor the event. Finances are required to cover artwork production costs, venue rental, and the creation and production of marketing material, which includes exhibition invitations and a catalogue.

The aim of the show is to promote an awareness of the wide range of artists/ photographic styles employed by artists living in South Africa - to break with the largely male-oriented view of contemporary South African life as expressed through traditional photographic practice. To this end, both emerging and established artists have been invited to participate in the exhibition.

Participating artists include: Bridget Baker, Lien Botha, Claire Breukel, Katherine Bull, Arnold Erasmus, Tracy Lindner Gander, Dorothee Kreutzveldt, Sarah Nankin, Varenka Paschke, Claire Sarembock, Lance Slabbert, Penny Siopis and Sue Williamson. For biographical information on participating artists, please point your browser to

Please contact the curators for additional information.

Tracy: (021) 448-8750 or 083 254-9167, email: Geeta: (021) 423-5403 (o/h) or 082 218-4882, email: