Archive: Issue No. 128, April 2008

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6.04.08 Young creatives invited to join Cape Africa Platform's 'Young Creatives Programme'
6.04.08 Applications for KZNSA 2008 Critical Writer's Workshop and Seminar Series invited
6.04.08 Carrol Boyes Announces Theme for METAL 2008
6.04.08 2008 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition


10.02.08 2D Animation Learnership

02.12.07 Calls for participation in World One Minutes video exhibition in Beijing 2008
02.12.07 Specs journal invites submissions

04.11.07 Invitation to apply to the Bag Factory Video Art Programme

01.04.07 Call for Submissions: Africa Biennale 2008

04.02.07 AVA's Artreach fund invites applications


2.03.08 GoodHopeArt studios invites applications for residency


10.02.08 AVA subscriptions renewal
10.02.08 Artist's accommodation available in Johannesburg
10.02.08 Studio spaces available in Cape Town
10.02.08 The Arts and Culture Trust invites applications

04.11.07 GoodHopeArt studios invites applications


Young creatives invited to join Cape Africa Platform's 'Young Creatives Programme'

Young Cape Town creatives working in all disciplines are invited to apply to join the CAPE Africa Platform's Young Creatives Programme. An innovative new art awareness initiative, the Young Creatives Programme aims to facilitate skills development, promote fresh creative talent and independent artistic vision, and inspire exchange between Cape Town's diverse artistic and cultural communities.

Successful applicants of will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop series facilitated by leaders in South Africa's creative industries and to get involved in the 'CAPE 09' Exhibition, a ground-breaking contemporary art event set to take place at venues throughout the city.

Application is by nomination only and is open to creatives working in all disciplines - from art and design to film and music - who are between the ages of 18 and 35.

The programme is offered free of charge to participants willing to show commitment by allocating time to this and other CAPE Africa Platform programmes.

Running time: Saturdays, April 2008 - July 2009

Application requirements
- letter of nomination (please ensure that you have a nominator eg: community leader; mentor; teacher)
- your letter of motivation
- CV

Please specify areas of interests in your letter of motivation:
- Film/video
- Sound/music
- Performance/theatre
- Painting/sculpting
- Digital media
- History/theory
- Art writing/journalism/media/ ublications
- Fashion/design
- Project management/marketing/fundraising
- Other (please specify)

Applications must be sent in no later than April 11, 2008 to:

8 Spin St, Cape Town 8001
Tel: (021) 461 2325
Fax: (021) 461 6873
E mail: or

Applications for KZNSA 2008 Critical Writer's Workshop and Seminar Series invited

As part of its partnership with the Royal Netherlands Embassy, the KZNSA is calling for applications from professional writers and journalists interested in attending an intensive training workshop on art critical writing, scheduled for May 26 - 30, 2008. Facilitated by Sean O'Toole, editor of Art South Africa, participants will spend five days exploring the links between the image and the word. Perceived outcomes of the activity-based workshop include:

- Developing an understanding and application of the history of art criticism in South Africa and internationally;
- Developing an appreciation for both textual and visual media;
- Developing the skills and nuances to allow for mature and intelligent writing on visual art

Ideal candidates would include people who have education or experience in visual arts, journalism or creative writing, and who would like to include critical writing on arts as part of their portfolio of activities.

In addition, the workshop will include a series of public seminars by leading practitioners in the fields of art critical writing and art history.

To apply, please send a comprehensive resumé; names and contact details of three professional referees and three pieces of writing published in the past year.

For further information call Marie-Claire Seemann (031) 312 3637

Emai applications

Deadline: Monday April 28, 2008

Carrol Boyes Announces Theme for METAL 2008

Ever searching for fresh new design talent across South Africa, Carrol Boyes Functional Art (CBFA) has announced the theme for the METAL 2008 New Designer Search: 'Frame'.

METAL is the fourth annual New Designer Search designed to discover and nurture new product design talent in South Africa. METAL invites aspirant designers to submit a prototype based on a specific theme.

Organisers of this year's initiative invite aspirant product designers to create a prototype of a frame - a structure that can contain or border any article of beauty such as a mirror, an artwork, an image, an item of jewellery or the like. Carrol Boyes, arguably one of South Africa's most commercially successful product designers, explains her choice of theme: 'A frame may hold a special memory, reflect a shared moment or simply contain a gift from someone close. I would like to encourage entrants to be inspired by these moments whilst designing and creating their prototypes so that these may reflect their uniqueness. I hope the theme inspires designers to create something completely original in form.'

For more information: Tel: (021) 462 3129

2008 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition

Sasol has launched the search for the 2008 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition winner. The company, in partnership with the Association of Arts Pretoria, is calling on all emerging South African artists to unleash their creative talents and enter the prestigious annual competition, now in its 19th year.

The competition carries total prize money of R100 000, comprising an overall first prize of R60 000, a runner-up award of R15 000 and five merit awards of R5 000 each. The winners will be announced at the opening of the competition exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum on Wednesday, August 20, 2008.

'The New Signatures Art Competition is both the longest running and most prestigious competition for emerging artists in South Africa. Over the years it has made a significant contribution in promoting and exposing the creative talent of new artists to the South African public', says Teresa Lizamore, art curator, Sasol.

To afford more emerging artists the opportunity to enter the competition, all works selected for the exhibition will be transported by Sasol from regional collection points at Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth and Stellenbosch to Pretoria.

Workshops will be held nationally to assist artists in understanding the competition, the judging process and provide advice on conceptualisation, display and presentation of works. Attendance is free of charge and to reserve a place, bookings can be made through Nandi Hilliard on (0120 346 3100. The workshops are presented by Franci Cronje who has been the chairperson of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition since 2002 and who is a permanent member of the selection and judging committee. She has been an artist and photographer since 1980 and has also worked as a television film maker, producing and directing inserts for local television. She is currently studying towards her PhD degree in Media Studies.

The competition is open to up-and-coming South African artists, aged 18 years and older, who have not yet held a solo exhibition, apart from an exhibition being held for academic purposes. Artists are invited to submit one or two art works at six venues across the country or via the Internet. Physical submissions will be accepted at the collection points on Wednesday July 2, 2008 and Thursday July 3, 2008 between 10am and 4pm. Internet entries may be submitted from June 2, 2008 to July 3, 2008 at

Regional judges will select approximately 100 works for display at the prestigious Sasol New Signatures exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum. The exhibition opens on Wednesday August 20, 2008 and closes on Sunday September 21, 2008.

More details and entry forms can be obtained from Nandi Hilliard:

Tel: (012) 346 3100 or


2D Animation Learnership

Learning Portal is looking to recruit 6 females (Black, Indian, Coloured), aged 18 to 25 with positive attitudes and good drawing skills, to embark on a 10 month learnership programme in 2D Animation. Basic computer literacy is essential. Only SA citizens with a valid ID book and with own accommodation in Gauteng may apply.

Please send a CV and a motivation letter, plus a contactable reference to:

Calls for participation in World One Minutes video exhibition in Beijing 2008

The World One Minutes foundation in Amsterdam and the Today Art Museum in Beijing announce the World One Minutes Exhibition which will open in June 2008 as part of Beijing's official cultural programme around the Olympic Games.

The One Minutes (TOM) established in 1998, is a brand name for moving images that last exactly one minute, titles included. The best one minutes from 100 countries will be projected on the walls of the Today Art Museum in Beijing. This will highlight the similarities and differences between the participating countries and their cultures. Over the last 10 years this event has developed into a global network with an archive of over 10 000 videos that are regularly shown at festivals, on TV, the internet etc. Videographers are invited to submit entries for selection to the organisers. For more information, visit:

Specs journal invites submissions

Specs is a journal of contemporary culture and arts at Rollins College that aims to create sympathetic interfaces between artistic and critical practices. The editors invite submissions of creative and/or critical work for the annual Fall 2008 print and web issue. We seek works of fiction, non-fiction, cultural criticism, artwork, poetry, and pieces that blur genre boundaries.

The editorial board consists of writers and academics from various fields. The editors are excited by specialty, an excess of detail, fragments, narratives, meta-narratives, and more.

The deadline for poetry, creative non-fiction, fiction, and art is March 3, 2008. We accept simultaneous submissions of creative work, as long as we receive prompt notice of acceptance elsewhere. Please limit prose submissions to under 6000 words and poetry submissions to 10-12 pages.

Email submissions as word attachments to

Remember to include a brief cover letter indicating whether you wish to be considered for the print edition, the web edition, or both. Please be advised that colour artwork with heavy graphics will only be considered for the web edition. Artwork for the print edition is limited to black on white work (4 x 7 dimensions).

Please also indicate the type/genre of submission in the subject heading (Poetry, Fiction, etc.).

We are also seeking art, fiction, poetry, and critical work that limits itself to one-page pieces for ONE/OFF, a special interactive section of Specs. In this section, we hope to force interactions between the print and web edition.

For more information, visit:

Invitation to apply to the Bag Factory Video Art Programme

Although it is arguably the medium du jour in capitals like New York and London, video art is still very much an emerging form in South Africa, practiced by only a few artists who have access to the required equipment (which is mostly beyond the financial reach of individuals). The technical knowledge required for production is also beyond the ken of many emerging artists.

Under the leadership of Johan Thom and co-presented by Garreth Fradgley this series of workshops is focussed on exploring contemporary practices in Video Art and teaching the practical and conceptual skills needed to produce professional video art works. This workshop acknowledges that is imperative that contemporary South African artists are given the skills to contribute to this form of cultural expression.

The primary aim of the workshop is to introduce into the vocabulary of young South African artists theoretical and practical knowledge of:

Video Art as a contemporary art form locally and abroad
Cinematic language, tools and terminology
Practical Skills training - camera handling, basic lighting, editing, props, DVD Authoring etc
Conceptual skills training - evaluating video art, the relationship between concept and form, image and sound

The workshop will divided into a series of lectures, group/ individual exercises and discussions aimed at evaluating the relationship between Video Art, its practices and theories, and its capacity for inspiring new directions in contemporary South African artistic expression.

At the end of the workhop each student will have:

A Functioning DVD containing the final art work they produced
A Master DV Tape

The 14-day course will cost R1 000. Three full bursaries available to students in need. Bursary candidates need to make a clear indication as to why they should be considered eligible. All production costs are subsidized by the About Art Programme at the Bag Factory - this subsidy exceeds R10 000 per student.

For more information on the course and to apply, contact:

Call for Submissions: Africa Biennale 2008

This is an open call for submissions by contemporary African visual artists to the Africa Biennale 2008. AVANT CAR GUARD is proud to announce having secured both operational support and project funding from the art world and corporate entities, and in this capacity will be producing a prestigious showcase of this country's hidden secrets to the art world. As we know Africa is a country that has long operated outside the world, and it's time to bring the world back into the fold and celebrate together the riches of this often misunderstood and mysterious country.

Avant Car Guard
Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: (021) 123 4567

AVA's Artreach fund invites applications

The Association For Visual Arts' Artreach fund was founded by committee members in the late 1980s to help raise funds for various charities in Cape Town. In the 1990s it was transformed into a more focused fund for the financial assistance of visual artists. To date, AVA's Artreach fund has sponsored art materials, art studio rentals, workshop fees, art tuition, art classes for children in Langa, a sculpture peace park, a street youth drawing project, a gallery in an art school, art catalogues, exhibition expenses for shows at AVA, framing charges and production costs for exhibitions.

AVA's Artreach programme is an initiative aimed at broadening opportunities for visual artists in South Africa by creating artmaking possibilities, by encouraging art education, by promoting through exposure, and by advancing cultural production across a wide spectrum of visual arts media. The programme is co-sponsored by Absolut Vodka and with Lottery funding.

The Artreach committee meets on a monthly basis. For details with regards to applications Please check


GoodHopeArt studios invites applications for residency

GoodHopeArt is a dynamic organisation that provides working studio and exhibition space for local and international professional visual artists to develop their artistic practice. To participate in this special exchange, please contact Nico Eilers on nico.eilers@telkomsa.netor alternatively phone 083 285 78 74. GoodHope Art also facilitates art bridging workshops and life drawing classes for emerging artists.


AVA subscriptions renewal

The AVA reminds subscribers to request the renewal of subscriptions. Subscriptions run a full calendar year, from January to end December and are now due, as follows:

Single: R85
Couple: R140
Pensioner: R35
Student: R35

Cheques and postal orders to be made out to AVA or to the Association for Visual Arts. Bank details for direct deposits:

FNB, Long St
Br: 201709
Acc No: 50061874340
Current Account
please use your whole name and surname as reference

Paid-up members will receive a membership card which entitles them to a 10% discount on all purchases at the following art shops:
Artsource, Campus Art and Hardware and Ruth Prowse Art Shop

Association for Visual Arts
35 Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa,
Phone: +27-21 424-7436,
Fax: +27-21 423-2637,

Artist's accommodation available in Johannesburg

Private room with separate accompanying large studio
Secure garage parking
Commune type house located in Brixton Area shared with other artists
In close vicinity to WITS University (+- 3Km away), Johannesburg University (+-1 Km away), Brixton Swimming Pool (+-1Km away), Shopping Centre (+- 500m away), Melville and Campus Square about 1 km away
Secure and Safe ADT Security monitored property (with high walls, and panic alarm and motion sensors)

Rent is R1550 per month and one month's deposit is required.

Tel: 083 408 9734

Studio spaces available in Cape Town

The All Star studio is relocating to a light industrial building in a bourgeoning part of Salt River. There are a number of spaces available for rent from March 2008. The building is located in a secure complex just off Albert Road and close to the station. Off street parking is available. The newly renovated space is to be occupied by a number of professional artists and is suitable for similarly-minded people working in related and compatible fields. Rent is reasonable, spaces are private, and there are shared amenities. For more information:

Tel: (021) 462 2095

The Arts and Culture Trust invites applications

The Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) fosters and develops creativity in South Africa through the evaluation and support of arts, culture and heritage projects. The Department of Arts and Culture, Nedbank, Sun International and The Vodacom Foundation are the Founding Trustees of ACT; The Royal Netherlands Embassy is a Founding Sponsor and Breadline Africa is a Sponsoring Trustee.

Who is eligible to apply for funding from ACT?

Professional artists (individuals), groups and organisations involved in the creation of arts, cultural or heritage work are eligible. Proposed projects must take place in or have relevance to South Africa and applicants must be South African citizens or permanent residents of South Africa.

What is the application procedure?

ACT considers applications for funding throughout the year, based on the funds we have available for disbursement. Prior to submitting a proposal for funding please submit a brief letter of enquiry to the ACT office in order to determine whether your request is in line with the current focus areas and criteria of ACT. Your letter should include the following information:

1. A description of the project for which funds are being requested
2. Information about the organisation or individual implementing the project
3. Estimated overall project budget including income, funds from other sources and the amount of funding requested from ACT
4. Period of time for which funding is requested
5. Qualifications of those who will be engaged in the project

Do not submit annexures such as videos, books, art works or compact discs at this stage. Should we require any additional information you will be contacted.

Applicants will receive a response from the ACT office within six weeks of receipt indicating whether the letter of enquiry falls within ACT's focus areas and whether the funding available for that year will permit the ACT Board of Trustees to consider the request. If a letter of enquiry is successful, applicants may then be invited to complete a formal funding application form.

For more information, visit: Letters of enquiry can be sent to the ACT office as follows:

The Arts & Culture Trust
Postnet Suite 354
Private Bag X29
Gallo Manor

Fax: 086 505 0240
E-mail: (preferred)

GoodHopeArt studios invites applications

GoodHopeArt provides studios for visual artists. The studios are working and exhibition spaces with facilities for local and international, professional artists to develop their careers. GHA offers bridging workshops, life drawing sessions, in-service training and mentoring programmes for newly qualified artists. Candidates work in conjunction with experienced artists and mentors.

GoodHopeArt is a dynamic organisation and fulfils specific and essential skills for artists who are serious about entering the professional art industry.

For more information, contact Nico Eilers

Tel: 083 285 7874
Fax: (021) 949 8270