Archive: Issue No. 112, December 2006

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VANSA receives a shot in the arm from the State

Prospects for the development of an exciting cultural partnership were unveiled at the recent AGM of the Cape branch of VANSA, the Visual Arts Network of South Africa, which took place at AMAC, in Harrington Street.

On behalf of the Department of Tourism and Economic Development, veteran cultural administrator Delecia Forbes unveiled the details of a proposed partnership between the Department and VANSA which would see the organisation receiving R300 000 p.a. over a three year period. Thus VANSA would at last be able to set up an office and employ a full-time network co-ordinator to drive forward future projects. It was also anticipated that the funding would cover direct grants to artists to provide space and time to work, and under certain circumstances, emergency funds. One of the conditions of the proposal was that VANSA would draw in other partners, and not be totally reliant on this grant.

In her speech introducing the proposal, Forbes noted that in London, creative services now make a larger contribution to the economy than the financial sector. It is hoped that the new office will be launched during 'TRANS CAPE' in March. The signing of a memorandum of agreement received unanimous support.

'So now, we're married', said Delecia, to applause, 'You can identify your needs and come back to us to help find solutions.' She called upon artists to revitalize the city with exciting new art projects.

About 16 members were nominated and seconded on to the new committee, which will elect a chairperson at the next meeting.