Archive: Issue No. 134, October 2008

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7.10.08 Cape Africa Platform calls for proposals for Cape 09
7.10.08 Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg
7.10.08 Apexart offers franchise opportunities
7.10.08 Construction New Media Awards 2008


11.05.08 Call for Applications: First International Master of Media.Art.Histories


7.09.08 Greatmore Studios Visiting Artists Programme 2009 calls for applications
7.09.08 Call for applications to Art in Nature Symposia in the Netherlands
7.09.08 Call for applications to Design Indaba exhibition
7.09.08 ACT calls for proposals for ACT NOW! Against Aids
7.09.08 Urban Contemporary Art calls for portfolio submissions

9.08.08 Applications for photography workshop invited
9.08.08 'Walk of Art' Festival 2009 invites participants
9.08.08 SOUTH calls for entries

02.12.07 Specs journal invites submissions

01.04.07 Call for Submissions: Africa Biennale 2008

04.02.07 AVA's Artreach fund invites applications


7.09.08 New Contemporary Art Gallery in Observatory seeks manager

10.02.08 AVA subscriptions renewal


Cape Africa Platform calls for proposals for Cape 09

The CAPE AFRICA PLATFORM (CAPE) is a groundbreaking cultural project located in Cape Town, South Africa. CAPE aims to culturally connect Cape Town, South Africa, Africa and the Diaspora by creating a contemporary African art event - rooted in the local but global in impact.

CAPE is seeking multiple proposals from artists for CAPE 09, its second biennale exhibition of contemporary African Culture, to take place from May 2 to June 19, 2009. Please download our one-minute video if you are interested.

CAPE 09 is about life today: the people, the connections and networks they make up - from creatively understanding new media, to analyzing how questions of colonialism have been deeply transformed by networked society. CAPE 09 seeks to explore networks that accentuate the contemporary characteristics of Africa and provide a stage for communications between communities' and citizens' activities.

The narrative of the event is initiated from the city of Cape Town itself. The city as a network requires a re-imagining of how we move and engage with each other. Artists are therefore asked to propose public interactions rather than exhibitions, and to intervene or present their works in a series of pre-selected networked spaces that represent the everyday that is our common ground: venues and sites, both public and private, along the axis Church Square (CAPE's office/gallery space) - Metrorail Station, through Parliament and Plein Street. Potential satellite exhibition sites are Lookout Hill, Khayelitsha and the CAPE's Arts Awareness Programme areas Nyanga, Manenberg and Klapmuts.

For its second biennale CAPE has been working with a team of five young curators. In addition to their proposals, CAPE is currently seeking proposals for small and medium-sized interactions through this call. CAPE aims at a local audience, particularly addressing Cape Town's youth.

Proposals for CAPE 09 may pre-empt (larger or follow-up) events for CAPE 2010 (May - July 2010). Proposals must include artists' biographies, venue/site description (in case this forms part of the proposal) and detailed logistic and budgetary information.

Deadline for proposals: October 30, 2008

Proposals may be posted to: PO Box 15806, Vlaeberg 8018 or be hand-delivered to 8 Spin Street, Cape Town 8000

For more information:
Tel: (021) 461 2325

CAPE reserves the right to select or refuse any submission, even not to select any

Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg

Registration is now open for the year-long course in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (PDP). The programme begins in January 2009 at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg. Formulated with support of Getty Images and Open Society Foundation, the programme aims at developing a new breed of informed, curious and technically excellent African photojournalists and documentary photographers. Combining theory and practice, the course mainly addresses:

- Candidates with Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) qualifications in photography, journalism and related fields
- Graduates in media studies or related fields with a strong desire to develop their photojournalism skills
- Passionate people with high photographic talent

Intermediate to advanced knowledge of photography is desirable. The course is spread over a 12 month period, divided into three terms and a graduation period. It begins with an initial intense training in analogue and digital techniques of photographic practices, from the understanding of the camera to composition, editing, colour-correcting and professional filing systems. The PDP then produces within the following categories: Spot News, General News, People in the News, Sports Action, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Portraits, Arts and Entertainment, Nature. Documentaries evolve from internships with diverse partner institutions and personal projects guided by professional mentors. These are complemented by practice internships within the industry and by training in business skills, exhibition practice and basic graphic design. Students graduate with the presentation of their portfolio 09.

Canon will support every successful graduate with their own camera. Conditions apply.

Bursaries are available to deserving applicants.

To apply, submit:

- A 300-word motivation
- A full CV with complete contact details (address, phone, email)

Closing date for applications: October 20, 2008

Please expect our request for your photographic portfolio shortly thereafter, should you be shortlisted.

Please email the documents with a cover letter to Bekie Ntini:

or post to:
Market Photo Workshop
PO Box 8656
Johannesburg 2000

or deliver to:
Market Photo Workshop
2 President Street, Newtown
Entrance Bus Factory

For more information:
Tel: (011) 834 1444

Apexart offers franchise opportunities

Apexart wants to come to you. Any city, any town, anywhere in the world. We are offering a one-time franchise opportunity where apexart will come to your city and appoint you the director of your own temporary non-profit exhibition space. For a four-week exhibition, and in the months preceding, you will be the director and/or curator and/or staff of your own institution with a budget, a salary, and complete control.

We will provide up to 10 000 USD in funding, along with the necessary guidance to make your curated exhibition happen, accompanied by an apexart brochure. In addition, prior to your show, we'll arrange to bring you to NYC for three days, all expenses paid, to visit apexart and meet our staff.

Submit up to a 250-word statement on why apexart should come to you.

Application deadline: 12am EST December 1, 2008 For more information:


Construction New Media Awards 2008

Entries for CNMA 2009 are officially open. 2008 saw a record number of entries and the CNMA 2009 promises to be a national celebration of New Media genius.

CNMA celebrates and elevates the status of new media design by honouring and accrediting those designers, writers, programmers and thinkers who produce challenging, imaginative, interactive work, both on a creative and functional platform.

Entries can qualify in one of four categories: online, offline, motion graphics and innovation. Innovation is a new category inspired by the constant redefinition of the digital space. Entries from professionals as well as students are encouraged.

A trophy will be awarded in each category at the CNMA ceremony during the Design Indaba Conference 2009, with one overall winner receiving the Grand Prix. There may be no fortune in winning a Construction New Media Award, however the opportunity to have your work viewed by our renowned judges is paramount. The top student winner will receive a trip to the UK to work alongside an acclaimed designer.

You can register by visiting

Deadline: December 12, 2008

For more information:


Call for Applications: First International Master of Media.Art.Histories

The postgraduate programme MediaArtHistories at the Department for Image Science offers a two-year low residency course of study leading to an MA degree. It conveys the most important developments of contemporary art through a network of renowned international theorists, artists, curators and many others.

Artists and programmers give new insights into the latest and most controversial software, interface developments and their interdisciplinary and intercultural praxis. Keywords are: Strategies of Interaction and Interface Design, Social Software, Immersion and Emotion, and Artistic Invention. Using online databases and other modern aids, knowledge of computer animation, net art, interactive, telematic and genetic art as well as the most recent reflections on nano art, CAVE installations, augmented reality and wearables are introduced. Historical derivations that go far back into art and media history are tied in intriguing ways to digital art. Important approaches and methods from Image Science, Media Archaeology, and the History of Science and Technology will be discussed.

MediaArtHistories MA is based on the international praxis and expertise in Curation, Collecting, Preserving and Archiving and Researching in the Media Arts. What are the conditions necessary for a wider consideration of media art works and of new media in these collections of the international contemporary art scene? And in which way can new Databases and other scientific tools of structuring and visualising data provide new contexts and enhance our understanding of semantics?

For further Information:

First International Master of MediaArtHistories
Department for Image Science
Danube University Krems
Dr. Karl Dorrek Strasse 30
A-3500 Krems
Tel: 0043 2732 893 2569
Fax: 0043 2732 893 4551


Greatmore Studios Visiting Artists Programme 2009 calls for applications

Our studios situated in Woodstock are committed to the development of the arts, and are calling for applications from artists from across South Africa, the continent and abroad for places available in our Visiting Artist Residency Programme between January and March 2009.

The programme will provide an opportunity for successful artists to spend three months in Cape Town, South Africa, developing new work, and working towards a collaborative exhibition at the end of their stay.

Interested candidates are asked to send a curriculum vitae, appropriate identification, images of recent artwork, a personal statement and relevant references to: or

For more information visit

Call for applications to Art in Nature Symposia in the Netherlands

With the aim of increasing community awareness of environmental concerns, NatuurkunstDrenthe Foundation in the Netherlands is planning to host an Art in Nature Symposium in 2009. Artists interested in participation at future Symposia are invited to apply by sending relevant documentation and CV. After consideration, selected artists will be forwarded information about the workshop with a demand for a proposal. Invitation for participation is based on the documentation and a concrete proposal. There is no deadline, application is ongoing.

Please send your enquires to:


Call for applications to Design Indaba exhibition and award

Design Indaba has collaborated with the Creative Circle and The Loerie Awards to launch the Creative Alliance. Dedicated to promoting South African creativity on an international front, the alliance will be initiating a travelling exhibition sponsored by the SABC. The exhibition will debut at Design Indaba 2009.

Entitled 'South', the exhibition is a celebration of the gloriously positive, ridiculously naïve and relentlessly spontaneous creative industries inherent in our country. Seeking to encapsulate the bold, lawless, cheeky, crossover, politically incorrect flavour of the South African imagination, the exhibition is a celebration of the home of high-class ashtrays made out of elephant dung and pap served with sushi.

The exhibition will comprise existing local and international designs which best encapsulate 'South', as well as the award, open to participation from creatives across all industries including advertising, design, film and video, music, performing arts, fashion design, new media, publishing, radio and television, industrial design, visual art, architecture and crafts.

The overall winner receives R100 000, and second and third place will receive R50 000 and R25 000 respectively.

Contact Mike Purdham:

Tel: (021) 465 9966

ACT calls for proposals for ACT NOW! Against Aids

The Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) is calling for proposals for ACT NOW! Against Aids. Loosely based on the 'Broadway Cares' model, an American initiative which raises funds for Aids in Africa at the opening performances of hit Broadway shows, the programme administered by ACT aims to mobilise the unique abilities within the performing arts in South Africa to raise funds for HIV/Aids-related arts and culture projects.

To date ACT has provided support for more than 500 projects in all arts disciplines throughout South Africa. With support received from Gold Reef City Casinos and the Johannesburg Civic Theatre, ACT is now pleased to invite proposals from arts and culture projects which specifically support the fight against HIV/Aids.

'Since inception ACT has maintained a leadership role in raising and distributing funds to worthy cultural initiatives across South Africa. In a fairly bleak economic climate our role becomes even more crucial, said ACT Trustee Brenda Devar who received the first donation of R100 000 on behalf of the Trust from Gold Reef City Casinos at the opening night of the return season of African Footprint where ACT NOW! Against Aids was launched. 'All money raised locally will be used to support cultural initiatives that are either run by or whose beneficiaries are those who are infected and affected by HIV/Aids,' she added. Most recently the Johannesburg Civic Theatre has pledged support for ACT NOW! by donating a portion of proceeds from a performance of Snow White to the programme.

Projects taking place in 2009 are eligible for support. ACT will consider requests up to a maximum of R50 000 for arts and culture projects either run by or whose beneficiaries are those infected or affected by HIV/Aids.

Requests should be submitted via email to with ACT NOW in the subject line, following the application guidelines for letters of enquiry outlined on the 'Apply' page of ACT website:

Deadline is October 10, 2008 and the successful applications will be announced on World Aids Day December 1,2008.

Urban Contemporary Art calls for portfolio submissions

Urban Contemporary Art, a new art gallery opening in Observatory, Cape Town, invites portfolio submissions from artists working in Cape Town.

Urban Contemporary Art will feature salon style exhibitions of works by young South African artists, creating a new outlet for fresh talent and a further boost to the emerging art market.

Please deliver a portfolio of works on CD to:

Urban Contemporary Art
46 Lower Main Road, Observatory, 7925

Or send an email with a full career history, including a maximum of five images, no bigger than 250KB each to: with the subject line 'Portfolio Submission'

Applications for photography workshop invited

A two-day workshop with Stephen Shore will be hosted at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town in partnership with the Roger Ballen Foundation. Additional sponsorship is provided by the US Consulate General in Cape Town.

Shore (1947-) lives in the US and is known for his pioneering use of colour photography as a fine art medium. He has exhibited internationally and his work is housed in many important museums and significant collections. Shore has greatly influenced contemporary photographers such as Andreas Gursky, Martin Parr, Thomas Struth and Nan Goldin. His publications include Uncommon Places, The Nature of Photographs and American Surfaces. He has held the position of Professor of Photography at Bard University, New York since 1982.

The workshop will take the form of a critique session at which the work of the participants will be assessed and discussed by Shore in the group.

Participation in the full duration of the workshop is a stipulation. Additionally, there will be lectures at Michaelis at 1pm on October 14 and 15, and attendance of these talks is strongly encouraged.

Enrolment is restricted to 18 participants and selection will be determined by the quality of a submitted portfolio. The portfolio should include either digital or hardcopy of not more than 10 images. No images will be returned. Digital files bigger than 2 MB will be deleted and the corresponding applications will not be reviewed. We will review images on artist's websites and postings on host sites such as flickr.

Application forms should be returned by September 1 to: Svea Josephy, c/o Michealis School of Fine Art, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, Western Cape
Workshop takes place 8am - 12pm, October 15 and 16 2008
Photography Department, Michaelis School of Fine Art, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town.

'Walk of Art' Festival 2009 invites participants

The Walk of Art Festival brings the artists to the art lovers and other members of the greater Cape Town area. Exhibitors and visitors together celebrate the creative spirit of the city. We are looking for artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, new media) and related industries to participate in what is likely to be the largest open air art event in Cape Town.

On February 28 and March 1, a wide range of artists will showcase their work. Visitors will be enlisted through an extensive media campaign and viral marketing campaign to ensure established art lovers attend as well as introducing newcomers to the pleasure of art. We aim to attract 5 000 people to the festival over two days.

Although this event falls outside of the Oranjekloof CID official boundaries, we have already enjoyed input, advice and support from them. We welcome more of this kind of interaction from enterprises that share the vision of this festival.VEO Gallery is one of our stakeholders and we have enjoyed very constructive input from them. Hopefully this synergy can take us far into the future.

Sponsorship opportunities exist for a brand to align with Walk of Art and receive reciprocal value through the marketing of their services and products and receiving exposure from the extensive media campaign.

Every R10 entrance fee that is collected at the gate will be donated directly to a not for profit organisation. The Park itself is in great need of support from the community to compliment the work that is done by Friends of De Waal Park.

For more information, contact:

Amanda Moore 082 925 5701,; Martin Pienaar 082 373 3446 or (021) 424 3373,; Glynis Coetzee

SOUTH calls for entries

SOUTH seeks to uncover the finest examples of South African creativity across a broad spectrum of disciplines and forms. And, for the first time on one platform, showcase a dazzling array of our finest creative produce.

A celebration of the gloriously positive, idiosyncratically naïve, ridiculously sardonic, richly contradictory, relentlessly spontaneous creative imagination inherent in our (don't cry now) beloved country. SOUTH seeks to encapsulate the bold, lawless, cheeky, crossover, politically incorrect flavour of our South African creative psyche.

Because SOUTH is the new north, a complete turnaround of the planet stereotype, there is nothing finite or predictable about what we are looking for.

Where the north may exhibit an ordered sense of detached coolness, SOUTH is a thundering stampede of chaos and heat.

A happy accident of third and first worlds.
A vibe. A jol.
A state of mind.
Embracing contradiction and collision.
That iconic crossroad: where earthy Afrika meets contemporary design.

The kind of creative excellence that will best influence the judges is neither black nor white, nor ethnic, nor neutral, nor euro, nor west, nor east. It's a harmony out of contradiction. A balance of extremes. That fine line between order and chaos. SOUTH seeks executions that capture the soul of this mystique.

Gloriously positive, ridiculously naïve, relentlessly spontaneous. Bold, lawless, cheeky, crossover, politically incorrect. About finding a home for sacred cows - the braaivleis. About changing the world by Making A Difference.

Hoezit pap and sushi. Sawubona high class elephant dung ashtrays. Viva our rather shweeet giant plastic chicken installation.

If that fusion crossover is about to become a blur, look no further than our most distinctive footprint, our past and current legends, the SOUTH Hall of Fame.

SOUTH is presented by the Creative Alliance, which is Design Indaba, The Loeries and Creative Circle.

For entry forms and more information visit:

Enquiries: Michael Purdham at Interactive Africa
Tel: (021) 465 9966
Fax: (021) 465 9978

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:

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


New Contemporary Art Gallery in Observatory seeks manager

New Contemporary Art Gallery in Observatory requires vibrant, motivated manager.

Urban Contemporary Art, a new art gallery opening in Observatory, Cape Town, is looking for a full time gallery assistant. Urban Contemporary Art will feature salon style exhibitions of works by young South African artists, creating a new outlet for fresh talent and a further boost to the emerging art market. A position is available for a full time gallery manager to be involved in this exciting project.

The job will include, but is not limited to, the following:

Opening and closing the gallery five days a week.
Receiving visitors and fielding enquiries.
Sale of works.
Marketing of works, artists and gallery.
Maintainance of gallery website.
Artist and client liaison.
Planning and setting up exhibitions.
Organising exhibition openings.
Shipping of works.
Maintaining gallery records and accounts.
Regular meetings with the director regarding all of the above.
The selected candidate will have the following:

Excellent communication skills.
Good telephone manner.
Excellent presentation.
Administration experience.
Computer literacy.
An interest in contemporary South African Art.
A demonstrated ability to be self-motivated.
Interest in long term involvement with the gallery.
A background in Art or Art History will be an advantage.

Salary is dependent on experience.

Interested candidates please send an email with the subject line 'Application for gallery position' and CV and references attached to Deadline: Sunday, December 31, 2008 Urban Contemporary Art
46 Lower Main Road, Observatory, 7925

Email: Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

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,