Archive: Issue No. 54, Februray 2002

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20.02.02 Zulu pot-making workshop at Spaza Art
20.02.02 Invest in a South African feature film

13.02.02 Camera Club of Johannesburg meetings
31.10.01 Cape - Website for South African artists
17.10.01 The Arts Diary on

13.02.02 Tygerberg Foto 2002 competition
30.01.02 HIV/AIDS in Women Photography Contest
23.01.02 NSA Gallery invites exhibition proposals
16.01.02 Take part in 'EXCHANGE#01': A Blow-Up Gods Project
09.01.02 Animation wanted for Klein Karoo Arts Festival
09.01.02 Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts - Call for Papers and Participation
07.11.01 2001 Business Day/BASA awards
21.09.01 Fortis Graphix animated gif contest
05.06.01 Proposals for the Museum of Temporary Art

10.10.01 Djerassi Resident Artists Program
31.07.01 Artists' residency at Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Norway
05.06.01 Surreal Estates residence in Sacramento, California

06.02.02 Studio space available in Cape Town
14.11.01 Studio space available in Cape Town
31.10.01 Bang the Gallery available for functions
10.07.01 South African photographers' database
12.06.01 Space for hire at João Ferreira Fine Art
08.05.01 The new Michaelis Art Shop


Zulu pot-making workshop at Spaza Art

Spaza Art presents 'Izigqi Zezimbiza - The Rhythm of the Pot', a workshop on traditional Zulu pots by master potter Jabu Nala.

Jabu Nala is one of three daughters of Nesta Nala, who is considered to be one of South Africa's "living national treasures". While Nesta's feet remain firmly in rural soil, her daughters straddle both rural and urban worlds. Jabu is a Troyeville resident. Following methods that have been handed down mother to daughter for three generations, Jabu uses clay that is hand-dug in two places near to Nesta's home. One is red, the other grey. After the clay is ground and sieved, the pots are hand-coiled and then smoothed. When leather-hard they are burnished, decorated with soft "warts" of clay and delicately wrought motifs. Her pots are in the collection of the Museum of African Art in New York.

The workshop will take place on two days, over two weekends. On Day 1 - March 2 from 1.30pm to 5pm - Jabu will demonstrate her craft and participants will make a pot using clay from Natal. Jabu will also talk about the tradition and the cultural/spiritual context in which the pots are made.

On Day 2 - March 9 from 1.30pm to 5pm - we will fire our pots according to traditional methods.

The cost is R200 inclusive of materials and refreshments. Participants are limited to 10 so booking is essential. Call Drew at 011 614 9354 or 082 494 3275 to secure your place.

Invest in a South African feature film

Tim Greene is making his first feature film, and he's looking for investors with a little bit of money and a whole lot of faith. Twist is the story of a Cape Town street kid, based on Dickens' classic Oliver Twist.

He's looking for 1 000 people, each of whom will buy a share at R1 000. In this way he'll raise a million bucks, with the risk widely spread. He hopes to turn rands into dollars.

Please support him by clicking to


Camera Club of Johannesburg meetings

The Slide Section of the Camera Club of Johannesburg (CCJ) meets every first and third Monday evening in the Auditorium at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, 26 Melville Road, Illovo.

The Print Section meets every second Monday at 20h00 at 276 Barry Herzog Avenue, Greenside.

Come and enjoy 'An Evening in Paris', a show-and-tell slide show, at the next meeting on Monday 18 February at 19h30.

Entrance R10 per person includes tea/coffee and secure parking. Visitors are invited to bring slides for evaluation if they so wish. inquiries to Gillian Campbell at 011 888 4752.



How good it is to see or hear the words "I want to buy your work". How often do we actually hear these words today? There is little doubt that the arts are going through tough times, but as the lyrics of that famous song go "When the going gets tough, the tough get going!"

The time has come to "get going", we need to step out of the holes that we have crawled into and to do something. It has been said that the modern artist who is serious about selling their work and who wants to make a living from their talents should spend as much as 50% of their time marketing their products and themselves.

At Cape Arts we strive to provide the artist with exposure on the World Wide Web. The power of the Internet is ideal to show off and to promote South African art to the world. As a collective of artists we intend creating a dynamic and exciting site. Cape Arts can offer you the opportunity to:

  • advertise important arts events from exhibitions to performances
  • become part of our growing Artist Listings with links to dedicated pages featuring your art and philosophies
  • exhibit your work in the Cyber Gallery
  • add your details to our growing database of artists.
What do you need to do? If you are involved with the arts either as creator, promoter or event organiser we need you to visit our site and to partake in the many options available to you. If you would like to be featured on Cape Arts please respond to this message and we shall contact you shortly with further details.

Email: (to register your events) (to feature on the site) (our very own cyber gallery, check it out now)

Register with us for an online reference:

Mitya Sargeant
PO Box 13321, Mowbray, 7705
Tel: 083 675 6550

The Arts Diary on

Calling all artists. You can reach a new audience through the Internet - and it won't cost you a cent., the country's biggest and most comprehensive arts and culture website, has started a new service, the Arts Diary, parallelling their successful Show Guide, which lists all live performances around the country. The Show Guide is used extensively by the media and consulted by embassies and tour operators.

Just one click on Arts Diary and you can search the art world by artist, genre, province or when exhibitions are running. As search results display, there are links providing further information and background on, for example, the gallery hosting the exhibition or the artist. Categories of artistic creativity range from acrylic, airbrush, cartoons, ceramic, computer art, fine art, fabrics, geo art, graphic design, jewellery, multimedia, oils, pastels, photography, porcelain dolls and sculpture to watercolours.

There is no charge to put your details, or details of your exhibition, on the Arts Diary. You can load your information into the Arts Diary yourself. Simply go to the Utilities section on the front page and register by clicking on "Arts Diary - Artists/Galleries click here". Fill in and submit your information and the many visitors to, from all around the world, will have a better idea of what is happening on the South African arts scene.

The Arts Diary continues and expands's founding policy of connecting artists and audiences, providing information on the Web and through the daily ACEmail (Arts, Culture and Entertainment mail) news service. Get as much news about the arts that stimulate you and the entertainment that excites you by going to and, if you choose, by subscribing to ACEmail (details on our front page).


Tygerberg Foto 2002 competition

This annual photographic competition offers a R1 000 first prize and a R500 prize for a work in each category of the competition. These are:

A. Colour
B. Black and white
C. A photoseries of between three and six images
D. Digitally manipulated or enhanced prints derived from an image taken on a commercially available camera. All work must originate from a picture taken by the entrant and from no other source.

All works in categories A-C must originate from a black and white or colour silver-based process. All prints must be between 405 x 305mm and 180 x 130mm. All must have been taken after January 1, 2001.

There are more conditions and details available on an entry form which is available from the Arts Association of Bellville and which must accompany each entry. Entries close at 2pm on April 10.

Contact the gallery on (021) 918-2301

HIV/AIDS in Women Photography Contest

Prizes: 1st US$3 500; 2nd US$1 500; 3rd US$750; 2 Honourable Mentions $250
Deadline: March 1 2002, winner to be announced by June 1.

There is no entrance fee and the competition is open to everyone over 18. The competition is organised by University of Alabama School of Medicine Division of Continuing Medical Education.

Format: 35mm mounted slides

Entries must portray the impact of HIV/AIDS on women. 100 submissions will be selected for exhibition at the XIV International World AIDS Conference in Barcelona, Spain July 7-12, 2002.

Photography Contest, UAB Division of Continuing Medical Education, 1521 Building, 1530 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama 35294-4551 USA.

Tel: 205 934 2687

NSA Gallery invites exhibition proposals

The NSA Gallery in Durban is inviting proposals for exhibitions by contemporary artists for 2002 and 2003. The gallery is housed in a custom designed complex, and consists of three gallery spaces, varying in size, and a dedicated multimedia room. The complex also houses a restaurant and gift shop. A floor plan is accessible from

The NSA Gallery is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting contemporary artists and art groups. The gallery hosts and initiates exhibitions of local, national and international stature and relevance. The gallery is committed to presenting new and challenging work and in order to extend its audience base, promotes debate around the arts with supporting educational initiatives. The NSA actively seeks and encourages new stakeholders through partnerships and networking.

Proposals, consisting of a resume, a portfolio of at least 10 visuals (digital, photographs or slides) and a concise artist's statement should be e-mailed or posted - see the relevant addresses below. Please note that competitive rental fees and commission apply.

More information:

Storm Janse van Rensburg
NSA Gallery
PO Box 37408
Tel: (031) 202 3686

'EXCHANGE#01': A Blow-Up Gods Project

"What does it mean when a man gets a fellow man's name tattooed on their body?"
"What does it mean when an African gets a fellow African's name tattooed on their body?"
"What does it mean when an artist gets a fellow artist's name tattooed on their body?"
"What does it mean when you get your name tattooed on your body?"

These are some of the questions you'll have to answer should you want to get the full benefit of participating in the latest project by the Blow-Up Gods, one that critiques the process of creating value and hits where it hurts, so to speak. January 10 2002 saw a unique exchange take place between two artists at the studio/home of Cape Town artist and hotel owner Barend de Wet: Moshekwa Langa agreed to hand Christian Nerf 500 coins. Nerf, in exchange, had Langa's name tattooed on his arm, or as the official statement reads, "Christian Nerf agreed to provide (media) space for the tattooing of 'Moshekwa' the name."

The coins exchanged for the act are now imbued with the added value of individual acknowledgement and certification and can now be exchanged for something other than their original denomination. By filling in the application form (downloadable below), you too can be the proud owner of a certified original. But get practising - as a would-be successful applicant, you will have impersonate Langa on the phone.

And what of Langa in all this? Does he feel ripped off, taken advantage of, flattered, or perhaps just plain suspicious? "No, none of that. I'm quite surprised actually. I think he's an enthusiastic, colourful bundle of energy. I'm amazed. It is has nothing to do with flattery. I felt a great empathetic pain for him at the time. From the beginning I was trying to get something out of him for less than what the object in question was worth. The value of the object never resides in the object in and of itself, but the emotional value one ascribes to it. So this is how it turned out."

As the infomercials say, you'd better call soon - this offer is open to Artthrob enthusiasts until April 1. And yes, there is the inevitable disclaimer: "The Blow-Up Gods reserve the right to select and reject applicants on a subjective basis." Don't we all.

Download application form (MS Word format)

Animation wanted for Klein Karoo Arts Festival

I am compiling a programme of recent South African animated films for an animation platform to be presented by Insig magazine at the upcoming Klein Karoo National Arts Festival in March 2002. I am in urgent need of information on independent animators who might have work to show. Work in all styles is acceptable. 3-D computer animation is welcome, but we do however need short animated films, and not showreels displaying technical skills.

Diek Grobler

Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts - Call for Papers and Participation


ISEA2002 NAGOYA [Orai], the first ISEA symposium in Asia, is expecting about 1500 participants including artists, researchers, engineers, students, and presentations of over 200 papers and works from 30 countries around the world. Many related exhibitions, concerts, performances and other events are also planned to take place in the Nagoya area during the time of ISEA2002.

ISEA2002 is organized by a Steering Committee [MEDIASELECT, City of Nagoya, Nagoya Port Authority,etc] in partnership with the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA) and others.

ISEA2002 is committed to hosting an inclusive event, encompassing the many trends in electronic art throughout the world, including those with limited access to the latest technology and those working from a cultural context, which may be unfamiliar to the reviewers. Members from communities that traditionally have been under-represented at ISEA are encouraged to identify the new perspectives that they can bring to the symposium.

ISEA2002 will offer Papers, Panels, Round Tables, Posters, and Institutional Presentations for scientists, artistic experts, and professionals. Workshops and Tutorials hold special interest for teachers, students, and practicing artists. Exhibitions, Performances, Concerts, and Electronic Theater, are also aimed at the cultural exchange program and are open to the public.

ISEA2002 invites Papers to be given during the symposium. Proposals for Panels, Round Tables, Poster Sessions and Institutional Presentations are also welcome related to the symposium topic (see

Deadline for submissions: February 28 2002

2001 Business Day/BASA awards

Business sponsors of the arts are invited to enter the 2001 Business Day/BASA awards for innovative and effective sponsorship of the arts. All businesses operating within South Africa, large or small, who have supported the arts in any genre, whether in cash or in kind during the period 1 January to 31 December 2001 may enter; alternatively, the recipient arts organisation may nominate their sponsor for an award.

Focusing on sponsorship of arts and cultural events, projects or organisations, these annual awards recognise creative business thinking. Sponsorship spend continues to grow annually and by highlighting business-arts partnerships, the awards illustrate how effective and viable a business communications tool the arts are while, at the same time, lifting the proifile of the arts sector in our country.

Award categories include:
- Best use of a commission of new art
- First time sponsor
- Increasing access to the arts
- International sponsorship
- Long term development
- Single project
- Sponsorship by a small business
- Sponsorship in kind
- Strategic sponsorship
- Youth sponsorship
and a new award will be introduced this year for media sponsorship.

All entries are considered for the Chairman's award for sustained excellence, made at the discretion of BASA's Chairman.

Judges, drawn from business, marketing and the arts, will evaluate the success of each sponsorship in achieving the objectives of the sponsoring company and in bringing genuine benefits to the arts organisation and the broader community. In cases of multiple sponsorship of a single event, all sponsors are eligible to enter. Factors such as the innovative nature of the sponsorship will also be taken into account.

The nomination/entry form may be completed by the sponsoring company and/or the arts organisation, except in the Strategic Sponsorship category which must be completed by the sponsoring business itself. Sponsors may be entered in a maximum of two categories.

Contact Business and Arts South Africa for more information and for the nomination/entry forms, at telephone 011 784 9994; fax 011 784 9996, or email The closing date for entries is 28 February 2002.

Fortis Graphix animated gif contest

This an international, juried, bi-monthly event. The goal of the contest is to provide a forum for gif animators to show off their handiwork. The animation must be an original created by you. Higher scores are awarded to those animations which use original artwork. Judges look for originality, creativity, humour, download time, visual impact and technical proficiency. Animations must not exceed 100k. You may submit up to four animations per month. First prize is $20 and the entry deadline is the 25th of each month.

Email: Website:

Proposals for the Museum of Temporary Art

The Museum of Temporary Art, Cape Town - we take the "con" out of contemporary art.

The Museum of Temporary Art invites you to propose an installation in the unique exhibition space in Observatory.

Send your proposals to curator Barend de Wet -


Djerassi Resident Artists Program

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program offers four-week residencies, at no cost, to artists in the disciplines of media arts/new genres, literature, choreography, music composition and visual arts. The program is located in a spectacular rural setting in the Santa Cruz Mountains, one hour south of San Francisco. The postmark deadline for accepting applications is February 15, each year, for a residency in the following year. Application forms are available on our website You may also request applications by sending a SASE to: Applications 2003, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, 2325 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside CA 94062. Application fee: $25.

Judy Freeland
Djerassi Resident Artists Program: Residency Co-ordinator

Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim, Norway

Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder (LKV) was established in 1993. The name means "artists' workshops in Lademoen" (Lademoen is the name of a part of Trondheim). LKV contains 34 artists' studios, 6 workshops and 2 guest studios. The studios and workshops are located in an old school building dating from the turn of the century. The five-storey building has a total floor area of 2 264m2. In addition to 34 private studios the facility also includes two project rooms at 90 and 55m2 respectively. Over the last 6 years we have built up a printmaking workshop, photographic dark room, metal and welding workshop, carpentry, a computer room and digital video editing suite. LKV is run as a foundation.

LKV offers two guest studios (50m2, headroom 3,8m). The studios contain some basic tools (hammer, screwdrivers, stapler etc). The studio flats (30m2, fully furnished accommodation includes bedroom/living room, kitchen and bathroom) are located in a connected building. Both the studios and the flats are provided free of charge to artists from all over the world for a duration of 1 to 3 months. Longer residency can be negotiated in special circumstances. The rent for the studios is paid by the local authorities.

Residents may be asked to give lectures about their work for other artists in Trondheim. LKV does not have a gallery, any exhibition must take place in the studio, in one of our project rooms or outside LKV's premises. Guest artists may use the workshops by paying a fee. The guest artists are selected once a year by a committee of 3 professional artists on the basis of applications with slides or other documentation of work.

Trondheim is situated in the centre of Norway and lies on a fjord two hours from the open sea. The city is surrounded by a fine landscape of agricultural land, forests, hills and highlands with more mountainous regions to the south and east. Trondheim is the 3rd largest city in Norway. The city has throughout history been a cultural, spiritual, commercial and an educational centre including the University (NTNU) with institutes for film and drama, philosophy, anthropology, architecture, industrial design, construction technology and technical research. Trondheim has a rich cultural life with an art academy, music conservatory, symphony orchestra, concert hall, theatres, cinemas, clubs, bars and cafes.

For more information and application forms, contact Kjetil Krøvel (manager, LVK) at

Tel: +47 73 51 3515 (Mon, Tues, Thurs 10am - 4pm)
Fax: +47 73 51 3372

Surreal Estates Live/Work Community for visual artists, designers, mixed media artists and others

Surreal Estates, Ink, Sacramento, California, USA, invites visual artists, stage designers, mixed media artists and other artists interested to join their Live/Work Community in the Dixieanne neighborhood of Uptown Sacramento. Surreal Estates is a unique artist-owned project and invites visual artists to apply for ownership of a residence (500-700 square feet) and detached studio (800-1200 square feet).

The Uptown Art District, Surreal Estates' neighborhood, is the fresh, fertile and fascinating art scene in Sacramento. Opportunities abound for artists. Come be a part of Sacramento, and Surreal Estates!

For more information visit:


Studio space available in Cape Town

Large studio space (35m2) available immediately, clean and safe, possible to share, R800 per month (excluding water and electricity), corner Loop and Bloem streets, Cape Town.

Tel: John 082 539-7781 or Carine 083 973-8362

Studio space available in Cape Town

Studio space available in a large shared space occupied mostly by artists, but also architects and various other professionals. Located on the border of Woodstock and Cape Town on the top floor of an old brick building, the studio offers 24-hour security and access, parking and the opportunity to work in a productive, professional space.

Tel: (021) 462 2095 (w) (021) 423 0929 (h)

Bang the Gallery available as a function venue

Bang has very successfully hosted a variety of functions inside the gallery in the past. These have included year-end functions, company launches, product launches, birthday parties and sit-down dinners. Should you be looking for a venue with a bit of a difference for your next function, please contact us for more information on venue hiring fees, availability etc.

Bang the Gallery, 21 Pepper Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 422 1477

Database of South African photographers

The South African Centre for Photography is compiling a database of all Southern African photographers. At this time we would like only your contact details to be able to send invitations, announcements etc per mail. Telephone and fax numbers would also be useful. If you know of photographers without email address who would like to receive information from the Centre for Photography you may include their details as well.

Send your details to Claire Breukle at as soon as possible.

Space for hire at João Ferreira Fine Art gallery

João Ferreira Fine Art presents the ultimate venue for hire for functions, photo and film shoots, parties and launches. We offer NY loft-style architecture, spacious interior, live music, safe parking, catering and other facilities within the gallery space.

80 Hout Street, Cape Town

Tel: (021) 423 5403 or 082 490 2977
Fax: (021) 423 2136

The new Michaelis Art Shop

The Michaelis Art Shop has moved and reopened in a space adjacent to the school's gallery. The shop supplies a wide range of fine art materials and offers student discounts on presentation of a valid student card. The shop is competitively priced and now officially open to the public.

The Gallery, Michaelis Art School, Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Gardens
Tel: (021) 426 1948
Hours: 9am to 5pm on weekdays