Archive: Issue No. 111, November 2006

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VANSA hosts curators' workshop on Robben Island

High-profile international curators will join heads with local and emerging curators on Robben Island later this month as part of a two-week workshop organised by VANSA. Giovanni Carmine (Switzerland), Eddie Chambers (UK), N'Goné Fall (Senegal/France) and Bisi Silva (Nigeria/UK) will give presentations alongside another 10 local curators during the first week, with 10 emerging curators in attendance. The second week will comprise an intensive workshop for the emerging curators on curatorial practice and the shaping of future projects.

The idea for the workshop is a spin-off of the VANSA conference held earlier this year in Cape Town. It aims to provide a forum to share experience, ideas and initiate collaborative projects, with a particular focus on the opportunities and challenges facing curatorial practice in contemporary African contexts. The role of the visual arts and curatorial practice in social change and activism will also be emphasised.

The workshop takes place from November 20 - December 1. Local participation was determined earlier this year upon application (now closed) and a selection process is underway. The project is funded by the NAC, the Arts and Culture Trust, ProHelvetia, the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation, the British Council, the French Institute of South Africa and the French Embassy.

For more information: Storm van Rensburg on