The Arts Association of Bellville and Gallery has re-branded itself as Art.b - the Arts Association of Bellville. The gallery has been modernised, this attractive new website telling you all about it.
artSPACE durban (aSd) is another gallery with a coded set of case constraints. Never mind though. This website provides a useful starting point for artists interested in hiring out the gallery space for exhibition, or renting studio space. The site allows you to view the interior spaces of aSd from your desktop.
Association for Visual Arts
One of the oldest galleries in Cape Town, the AVA provides space for a continuous round of exhibitions decided upon by a committee.
Durban's Bartel Arts Trust acts as a community cultural centre on the harbour, with exhibitions, art shops and music, theatre and dance venues.
The Bell Roberts in Bree Street is a hub of activity that includes a prolific publishing house and bookshop.
Chelsea Art Gallery
Small, functional site of a gallery located in Cape Town's picturesque Wynberg. Current exhibitions are listed and work by gallery artists can be referenced.
District Six Museum
Website commemorating the area of District Six and honouring the people who fought against the forced removals and Group Areas Act.
Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
Stalwart of the South African art sellers and buyers market since 1912, the Everard Read Gallery has expanded their reach into the digital sphere. The gallery has two main branches, one in Johannesburg and one in Cape Town.
52 Seventh Avenue is Johannesburg's newest contemporary art destination, an airy gallery with a neo-brutalist fa?ade. Called Gallery Momo, the gallery is already home to artists Kay Hassan and Santu Mofokeng.
The Gallery on the Square
The Gallery on the Square is based in Sandton, and features the work of a number of South African artists in regular exhibitions.
Home of South Africa's top art dealer, Linda Givon, whose artists include Kendell Geers, William Kentridge, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Sue Williamson and Moshekwa Langa.
Cape Town's Greatmore studio and residency project is now online.
João Ferreira Fine Art
Cape Town dealer João Ferreira's gallery in Hout Street showcases work by well-known and emerging contemporary South African artists.
King George VI Art Gallery
Home of the Port Elizabeth gallery, with news of current exhibitions and activities and a virtual tour of some highlights.
KZNSA: Kwazulu Natal Society of Arts
Durban leading contemporary art gallery, run by the Natal Society of Arts.
Michaelis School of Fine Art
The Michaelis School of Fine Art is the art department of the University of Cape Town. The site contains information on courses as well as applications for postgraduate courses.
Michael Stevenson Contemporary
Michael Stevenson Contemporary gallery is one of the best places to see contemporary South African art by high profile and promising emerging voices.
A portal offering access to most of South Africa's national and regional museums.
Contemporary gallery with locations in Braamfontein and Melrose Arch that represents acclaimed and innovative young artists like Kudzi Chiurai, Mark Erasmus and Mary Wafter.
Pelindaba Museum of African and Modern Art
Brings together the former collection of Fernand F Haenggi, comprising mainly 1970s and 1980s works by South African artists including Norman Catherine, Lucas Sithole, Judith Mason and Lucas Seage.
Johannesburg's premiere photographic gallery, with two exhibition spaces, represents Hannelie Coetzee, Graeme Williams and Jürgen Schadeberg, amongst others.
Rose Korber Art Consultancy
An independent art consultant, dealing in works by leading and emerging, contemporary South African artists.
Ruth Prowse School of Art
One of Cape Town's more enduring art institutions, housed in a historic farmhouse once owned by artist Ruth Prowse.
SA Centre for Photography
The Cape Town based centre co-ordinates activities aimed at fostering the development of the practice, teaching, scholarship and criticism of photography.
South African National Gallery
Comprehensive site with info about the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, library and newsletters.
The | Premises
Point of access for The | Premises gallery (which is currently under construction) at the Johannesburg Civic Centre and arts consultancy group The Trinity Session.
The Owl House
Helen Martins' home and sculpture garden in Nieu-Bethesda are beautifully documented, alongside info about the Owl House Foundation's conservation efforts.
Online gallery promotes visual artists in South Africa with the aim of selling work, and includes articles, news and profiles.
This New York-based gallery is run by South Africans Lisa Brittan and Gary van Wyk, the space devoted innovative exhibitions featuring South African artists.
The London counterpart of Jo'burg's Bag Factory and Cape Town's Greatmore Studios, with an international residency programme.
Download essays and read about the site specific projects commissioned by Locus+, a non-profit arts organisation based in England.
Palais de Tokyo
This beautifully executed website is worth navigating just for its crisp design and excellent animations. It also happens to be the online mouthpiece for the Palais de Tokyo, an innovative contemporary art space in Paris.
Polvo Art Studio is an alternative space located in Chicago. The website for this space recently added a page for international artists. At the moment, it features the work of Liza Grobler and Brett Murray alongside writings by Paul Edmunds and Mario Pissarra. Follow this link directly: www.polvo.org/artists.htm
Dutch organisation with its own gallery, which also sponsors public art projects by such artists as Vito Acconci.
Thami Mnyele Studio
The Thami Mnyele Studio in Amsterdam offers residencies for two visiting artists a year.
Virtual Museum of Contemporary African Art
The VMCAA offers an insightful list of African artists based in the Netherlands, including Mustafa Maluka, Ina van Zyl, Michelle Tabor, Moshekwa Langa, Marlene Dumas and Jon Eiselin.
Andries Odendaal is considered one of the foremost Flash and Director developers in the world. His company, Wireframe, is based in Cape Town, and some of Andries' and his colleagues' works can be seen on this inventive site.
Standard Bank Young Artist for 2000, Alborough's site contains everything you need to know about this reclusive personality.
Arlene Amaler-Raviv and Dale Yudelman
The painter Arlene Amaler-Raviv and photographer Dale Yudelman have been collaborating for some time now. The two are currently showing their works on the 8th Havana Biennial, curated by Hilda María Rodríguez Enr'quez. This well-designed and easily navigable site contains useful personal biographies on both artists, as well as images of their collaborative work at Havana.
Art in South Africa
A site that offers visual artists a home on the web, without the costs of registering domains or employing web designers. Artists include Wilma Cruise, Willem Boshoff and Diane Victor.
www.bateaulaveau.com, is a local, well-designed Flash site that serves as an online portfolio for seven young Paarl-based artists.
Cobus van Staden
Cobus van Staden, a South African photographer living in Nagoya, Japan, posts pics regularly on his website.
Dave Southwood is doubtlessly one of South Africa's most important young photographic talents. Currently based in Berlin, Germany, Southwood has been engaged in a number of projects, both personal and commercial, details of which are contained on his new website.
The Dumile Feni Foundation have released their 'monograph' website on this respected artist. The site contains a wealth of information on the artist in terms of his biography, exhibitions as well as media coverage of his career. The site further offers a good gallery of images by the artist.
In a way that could well be a template for many other artists' sites, this one is notable for being particularly true to the spirit of Feni's work.
This modest website link offers a cursory view of the output of acclaimed artist Esther Mahlangu.
Lien Botha's new, beautiful website is a good resource for anyone interested in learning more about the artist, her work, and her history.
Cape Town-based Liquid Fridge is an active group of new media artists and musicians who organise many meetings and events where animators and other creative people can show their work. These events include the Upload and Icebox meetings, which are held regularly in the city. May 2005.
A website in memory of South African artist Lucas Sithole (1931-1994), showing many important sculptures from 1966-1991, as well as biographical notes, pictorial references and stories about the works.
New website documenting output of this expatriate artist.
Cape Town-based Pieter Hugo works in a fledgling style I prefer to call 'new documentary'. Readers of the Italian publication Colors will likely be familiar with what I mean, and probably also recognise some of Hugo's images. Unencumbered by any gimmicks, Hugo's site allows for easy browsing of his interesting portfolio.
Present magazine is an online art magazine that features the work of a number of artists who work mostly in painterly abstraction. It has a great number of images from the artists, as well as interpretative essays on their work. The artists are mainly South African, and the production team members are mostly from Stellenbosch. It includes, among others, Joanne Halse and Michael Taylor (editors),and Adrienne van Eeden and Jeanne Hoffman among the contributors.
Photographer Rob Mills reflects on domesticity and the personal realm, using a very simple site as his exhibition space.
South African Artists
Independently funded directory lists over a thousand South African artists and is geared specifically towards online sales.
Offers extensive biographies and portfolio selections from an accomplished list of South African image-makers, including Rodney Barnett; David Goldblatt; Motlhalefi Mahlabe and Paul Weinberg.
Performance artist Steven Cohen's wicked attires and writings can be scrutinised at leisure on his site.
Johannesburg-based artist Theresa-Anne Mackintosh's new website.
Very Real Time
In January 2004, ArtThrob featured 'Very Real Time' as one of the projects of the month. In February 2005, the second instalment of the project went ahead, starting with the launch at the Drill Hall in Johannesburg on February 4. The project's webpage is a central component of the project, as it will host three discussion forums. The topics of these forums are 'Intimate rituals of self-preservation', 'Love, sex and intimate relationships', and 'The value of "socially engaged art"'.
As influential US design magazine Print has commented, this Zimbabwean designer's work "explores an indigenous iconography that speaks not only for his clients' particular needs but for Zimbabwe."
Intriguing and informative site by the pop author who is actually a sculptor by training.
A good way to track this Austrian artist's various initiatives, projects such as 'Administrative Detention For Asylum Seekers' and 'Barbie and Ken are HIV positive'. Activist art.
We do not live in a peace-loving, happy society. This is something that Han Hoogerbrugge, a Dutch web animation artist, knows all too well. His website is a remarkable collection of his cynical work for the last six or so years. It features a wealth of short Flash animations in which humorous and sometimes disturbing representations of the unhappy states of life take precedence.
Joshua Davies' PrayStation
New York-based Davies is an inquisitive developer and programmer who applies design concepts to computer technology - often just to see what will happen.
A virtual exhibition of the works of Mozambican painter Kheto Lualuali, who has lived and worked in Amsterdam since 1998.
Currently, one of the most influential voices in the field of new media is Lev Manovich. He is Associate Professor in New media in the department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego, and is perhaps best known for his book The Language of New Media (2001).
Pleix call themselves a 'virtual community' of digital artists. They are based in Paris, and they work in the digital realm. Areas of activity include music, graphics, video and 3D animation. The website serves as a repository of their work, and features music videos such as Basement Jaxx's 'Cish Cash' (2004).
The Icelandic artist Ruri seamlessly uses modern technology to celebrate the ancient beauty of nature.
Showcase for this Japanese master of Flash animation's MONO*crafts project.
Scott McCloud is a legend in the field of comics. Not only has he been prolific as a comics artist and writer (notably for 'Zot!'), but he is also hailed for his pioneering writing on the nature of comics as a medium.
Wooloo Productions describe themselves as 'an independent production collective from Denmark, Australia and The United States - founded in 2002. Wooloo Productions is working on a variety of projects including curating, community-based software and social art development.'Wooloo.org is their online community where they allow artists to show work and on which they host a number of projects.
International De5ign Indaba
Showcase for the International Design Indaba, which takes places annually in Cape Town.
Klein Karoo National Arts Festival
A melting potjie of art, language, politics and the best koeksisters this side of the Swartberg, the annual Easter festival offers its highlights online.
The December 2001 Cape Town leg of the six-city 'Homeport' exhibition is documented with maps, pictures, information on contributing artists, and essays by Sue Williamson, Vincent Kolbe and Natasha Becker.
Founded in 1999, Public Eye was formed by a collection of Cape Town-based artists and cultural activists to initiate and manage art projects in the public arena with the aim of enriching the cultural life of the city and the country.
Red Eye @rt
Information on the Red Eye Art-for-all event at the Durban Art Gallery.
In November of 2004, New York-based artist Jessica Findley brought her 'Aeolian Ride' to Cape Town. The event was previously staged in New York City and San Francisco. Bicycle riders dressed in wind inflatable white suits proceeded on their route from Saunder's Rock in Sea Point, to the District 6 Café. This website documents the continuing art event.
Introduce yourself to this "meeting of minds", organised by Miltos
Manetas and the Electronic
London's Guardian newspaper presents selected exhibits from 'Body Worlds', the anatomical exhibition of real human bodies that has been seen by over eight million people worldwide.
Cruel and Tender
'Cruel and Tender', the first major photography exhibition at Tate Modern, was an in depth exploration of the documentary realist tradition in twentieth century photography. A valuable point of entry for anyone interested in charting the drift of twentieth century photography.
DAK'ART: Biennial of Contemporary African Art
Since 1992, DAK'ART has been the pre-eminent platform for contemporary art
with cultural roots in Africa.
Fela Kuti & African Art
Website addendum to 'Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti', a group show at New York's New Museum of Contemporary Art that celebrated the life and influence of the Nigerian musician-activist-cult figure Fela Kuti.
South Africa Line Project
The HSAL Project was designed specifically to have dialogue and communication between seven Dutch and seven South African artists as its primary objective.
Tour of the 49th Venice Biennale
This virtual tour from Universes in Universe concentrates on participants from Africa, Asia/Pacific and Latin America.
Tour of 'The Short Century'
Universes in Universe takes a virtual tour of Okwui Enwezor's ambitious exhibition that "redefines Africa's place in the annals of 20th century history".
The website of the Dutch exhibition of installations and performances in Amsterdam and Hoorn which marks 400 years since the powerful VOC or Dutch East India ruled the spice routes to the east, colonising the Cape en route.
50th Venice Biennale
The 50th edition of the Venice Biennale, 'Dreams and Conflicts: The Dictatorship of the Viewer', opened on June 15.
For information on 'Fault Lines', see:
For information on "the Structure of Survival', see:
Artists in conversation
Telkom and the University of the Witwatersrand have recently launched their Artists in Conversation website. This website aims to bring to the fore the works of a variety of artists in different stages of their art careers, from diverse backgrounds.
This site becomes more and more useful, with its e-mailing of arts-related press releases available to subscribers.
Cape-based artists are invited to exhibit work in the cyber gallery, join the database or list upcoming events.
"Chimurenga wants to articulate the experiences of African peoples wherever they may be located," says Ntone Edjabe, the founding editor of this Pan-Africanist publication in the tradition of Transition.
Contemporary African Music and Arts Archive
The brainchild of John Turest Swartz, this University of Cape Town based website has the backing of the Ford Foundation in trying to archive the artists and musicians of seven countries across Africa - South Africa, Mali, Ghana, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mozambique.
Online literary site founded by Alan Finlay and now edited by Paul Wessels, offering worthwhile contributions by a host of known and unknown names.
Ijele: Art eJournal of the African World
Ijele is an online journal of contemporary art and architecture, art history and criticism, focusing exclusively on the visual creative expressions of artists in Africa, as well as artists of the diaspora.
Garth Walker: founder of Orange Juice Design and editor of i-jusi magazine, an irreverent print publication vaguely positioned somewhere between the art and design divide.
The i-jusi website offers an oblique point of entry into the world according to Garth.
Devin Purvis runs this Durban based e-zine devoted to experiments in design, art, music, photography and the internet.
Spectrum is a voluntary association formed to develop the concept of using the mediums of Radio, Television and Internet broadcasting around various special events to be held in Cape Town, South Africa. Log on and sign the petition if you believe in a broadcaster committed to alternative and less commercial art forms.
Taxi Art Books
David Krut Publishing's useful series of artist's monographs dedicated to lesser known but established South African artists.
Underdog Online is a non-commercial, South African ezine that strives to cover both current developments in popular culture and noteworthy initiatives that are not picked up by mass media radars.
A daily arts news outlet, and the largest and most successful programme of it's kind representing over 80,000 works by over 10,000 artists from around the world.
If you've never encountered Kalle Lasn's Adbusters Media Foundation now is your chance to do it. A highly commended - and commendable - site.
AfricanColours is a useful site for those looking for a global overview of pan-African contemporary art.
This French site features articles on local art, including an interview with Stephen Hobbs and a piece on Tracey Rose. French language site!
Arts and Letters Daily
The Arts and Letters Daily is a site that collects links to other important sites with information on issues from the area of, loosely speaking, the "liberal arts". They identify their focus areas as "philosophy, aesthetics, literature, language, trends, thoughts, ideas, criticism, culture, history, music, art, disputes and gossip".
This slick site is a natural translation of the print look and feel, offering art world news, critics' picks and selected articles from the magazine.
A New York-based website, this is one of the best and biggest, offering excellent reviews and magazine coverage.
Flying the flag for women artists, Artsymag features interviews with Nancy Spero, Guerilla Girls and Judy Chicago.
With a name like Britart.com, you'd expect a few Damien Hirst aquaria floating around, but this email-order art shop focuses on promoting and selling new UK talent.
Based in New York and Milan, Brigata Italia presents itself as a centre of digital gravity for people interested in design and communication.
From the publishers of ZOO, the renowned arts quarterly, this UK site is a gold mine of information and inspiration, encompassing art, architecture, advertising, design, new media, moving image, photography and publishing.
Theoretical e-journal edited by Arthur and Marilouise Kroker.
culturebase.net is a online source of information on contemporary artists practising in all disciplines. The database features practitioners and experts from geographical regions as diverse as Asia, Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe.
An independent e-zine that takes in all forms of the contemporary creative scene: graphic design, music, jewellery, fine art, industrial design, decor, architecture, fashion, furniture. The catch is plentiful!
A collective of photographers dealing with photography and photojournalism. A site that redeems photography from its prominent role in giving the society of the spectacle its glossy appeal.
E-flux distributes information on contemporary institutions like the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Tate Modern. The site also features special projects and a free listings service.
UK e-zine looking at "critical thought around the whole subject of how culture and technology are interweaving at the end of this century".
The online version of the inestimable British art magazine devoted to contemporary art and culture.
The gorgeous online version of a biannual global ideas magazine published in India and addressing issues that are of universal concern.
New York artist and critic Joy Garnett's site with images and prose and poetry and articles of interest to artists.
NY Arts Magazine
NY Arts the print magazine may not be as luscious as Artforum or Frieze but it's packed with interesting articles, many of which make their way onto the relatively new website.
Useful for its information on avant-garde photographer such as Takashi Homma, Kyoichi Tsuzuki, Naoya Hatakeyama and Izima Kaoru.
This 'news' site offers a refreshing insight into current news stories in the US. This is no mean feat given the virtual monopoly corporate USA has over reliable web news reporting. Refreshingly honest and quirky.
Founded in 1976 by artists and artworkers, Printed Matter is the world's largest non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion and distribution of publications made by artists.
This website is one of the leading resources of information on net.art, and special art and culture events that take place on the web.
S C I C U L T
"Bridging science and culture through contemporary art," is how the specialist science-related contemporary art gallery and science-art agency SciCult present themselves.
Billed as a platform for collaboration, discussion, inspiration and exposure of visual design, art, music, writing and all forms of creative innovation.
Art magazine that includes daily updates.
The thing.net is an online collection of work by digital media artists and activists. The site hosts a number of writings on an almost unlimited number of subjects, as well as video and audio material by a variety of people. Largely American in content, the expected backlash against consumerism and Bush (as is the practice of many liberal American digital jammers) can be found in abundance here. It also includes chatrooms and forums - even one hosted by Joy Garnett, for instance. Another is entitled "undercurrents" which is described as "a forum about the interrelations of cyberfeminism, new technologies and globalization."
Triangle Arts Trust
Initiates and facilitates an international network of artist led workshops and residencies that engage audiences through public events and exhibitions. The majority of workshops are in Africa.
Another Poster for Peace
A grassroots campaign that uses the poster as a vehicle of dissent, a counter argument to the onslaught of fear and warmongering currently in the media.
Interesting project site that operates at the intersection of design, activism and digital art. Information about the New Media Underground Foundation can be accessed here.
Face of Tomorrow
In his 'Face of tomorrow' project, Istanbul-based artist Mike Mike asks the question
of what the face of a given city looks like. He sets out to answer this by
taking photographs of various inhabitants of cities. He then merges all photographs
from a particular city into a kind of fictional portrait - one woman and one
man for each city.
A collective of digital artists and firebrands based in San Francisco. Includes the myriad of projects initiated by inspanidual members.
Human-oriented public artists and audiophiles par excellence, the members of Greyworld colour those empty, interstitial spaces with interesting sonic effects.
A multimedia arts lab dedicated to exploring the intersection of cognitive, terrestrial and digital space through various practices. The site includes some interesting (if unresolved) images and ideas.
This new website from Lard animation (comprising local artists Melissa Visser and Chris Higgo) shows "lip-smacking" clips from forthcoming releases.
One of the best: great artist projects, articles, news.
RhythmEngine (REg), created by Photon Inc, is a project that uses music and visual effects as a communication tool.
A site of truly wondrous projects involving, for example, the number of earthquakes that have happened worldwide in the past 14 days, and the sounds of the web itself.
Referrals to this one zoomed around the Internet after the dismal outcome of
the American elections in November 2004; the site offers the viewer
pictures by other American
Internet users apologizing to the world for the fact that Dubya got back
into the White House.
A not-for-profit organisation that has as its core mission the commissioning of net art works by emerging and established artists.
The Disembodied Art Gallery
Website for a British art group responsible for initiatives such as Deconstructing Duchamp, an internet collaborative art project.
Arts & Culture Trust
The Arts & Culture Trust receives financial support from business and even artists themselves in order to fund cultural projects, and also make awards to individuals and organisations considered to be of greatest benefit to the arts.
A very straightforward website. Look for information. Download application forms.
Established in 1956, Clarke's Bookshop on Cape Town's Long Street is considered nothing short of a national treasure by a whole host of scholars, writers, artists and bibliophiles who hold it in an affectionate reverence rarely seen towards a commercial establishment. With the launch of their dedicated art website Clarke's now allows virtual visitors from around the world to search through its unmatched holdings of southern African art publications.
Global Art Information
Ambitious Cape Town-based venture pitched as the artist's "International Internet Career Tool".
Mail & Guardian Online
The progressive weekly print title's invaluable online version is a good resource for art listings, reviews and interviews.
Mweb, one of South Africa's biggest Internet Service Providers, has a number of other useful resources on their home site.
National Arts Council
The website of the national funding agency for culture is hopelessly outdated. (and dead boring in design). The only current information seems to be the next date for accepting funding applications: September 12, 2003.
Zayd Minty, organiser of Cape Town's One City, Many Cultures Festival, flights this website for One, his production/curation company.
The Ants Nest
A resource for designers and artists, you need to become a soldier ant in order to submit work for exhibition and receive invitations to ant art events.
An online resource for contemporary African art and artists, its sister site www.rt-it.com presenting new media projects initiated in Africa.
The world leader in art market information. "Our press agency reports and comments on the art auction figures and charts covering 2,900 auction houses in 40 countries."
Anyone with wads of cash to spare will be storming over to Bookstorming to splurge on this e-commerce site's extensive library of contemporary art publications, catalogues and 150 art magazines.
The Critique Group
The Critique Group offers a platform for visual artists to post their work, and have other members comment on it. This is a valuable resource for visual artists, as one of the things many complain about on a regular basis, is the lack of objective criticism.
Started by the Asia-Europe Foundation, this website facilitates Asian-European cultural exchange.
In conjunction with the Dia Center, this new online bookshop focuses on postwar and contemporary art and cultural history.
Distributed Art Publishers
The extensive Distributed Art Publishers catalogue of over 2 500 books on contemporary art and culture is now available online. Hide the credit card!
Refusing to limit style, creativity and genre, DV8 provides a platform and a resource for developing digital filmmakers of all inclinations.
Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield Hallam University
Comprehensive public art resource, including links to articles, discussions and exhibitions; specific artists and localities; temporary pieces; web-based projects; as well as a list of awards, competitions and commissions.
Queer Arts Resource
A not-for-profit educational forum for the display and discussion of queer art and culture.