Archive: Issue No. 58, June 2002

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01.06.02 Public Sculpture Competition 2002: St George's Mall
01.06.02 Position advertised: Arts & Culture Trust CEO
01.06.02 Commissions Manager: Public Art Programme
01.06.02 'Artists in Schools' - Researchers required
01.06.02 Curators and ideas wanted for Tirana Biennale in Prague
01.06.02 Artists' Emergency Response - Video Petition Project
01.06.02 Sasol New Signatures Competition 2002
01.06.02 Camera Club of Johannesburg meeting
01.06.02 Call for submissions to Sasolburg WAM (Wax, Arts and Music) Festival

20.03.02 Figure drawing workshop at Technikon Pretoria

15.05.02 Daniel Langlois Foundation calls for research proposals
15.05.02 Mind's i art space calls for exhibition proposals
24.04.02 Call for SA participation in 'Coexistence'
24.04.02 Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Awards
24.04.02 US call for artistic reflections on Middle East
24.04.02 Kempton Park Tembisa Art Award gets a new name
23.01.02 NSA Gallery invites exhibition proposals
21.09.01 Fortis Graphix animated gif contest
05.06.01 Proposals for the Museum of Temporary Art

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

20.02.02 Invest in a South African feature film
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


Public Sculpture Competition 2002: St George's Mall

The JK Gross Trust (JKGT) in collaboration with the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) invites the submission of maquettes for the execution and installation of a public sculpture in Shortmarket Street, off St George's Mall in the city centre of Cape Town. Entry forms, outlining full details for this competition, are now available from the AVA, 35 Church Street, Cape Town, and on

The site for this competition has been identified as the corner of Shortmarket Street and St George's Mall, in the center of the city of Cape Town. Entry is open to all, and registration forms (Form A) should reach AVA by 29 June 2002. The maquettes (one tenth of the size of the proposed finished sculpture) must be submitted to AVA for exhibition on 15 and 16 August, after which the judging will take place on 19 August 2002. The decision of a panel of judges, selected by AVA and the JK Gross Trust, will be final.

The winner will be announced at the opening of the maquette exhibition at the AVA on Tuesday, 20 August 2002 at 6 pm. The maquettes will be on exhibition until Friday, 30 August 2002. Comments from the public will be invited.

A sum of R80 000 will be made available for the execution and installation of the winning piece. The winner will receive R40 000 in prize money and has 12 months in which to install the winning sculpture.

The first competition in this series was won by John Skotnes with his Mythological Landscape, which stands on Thibault Square, Cape Town. The second winner was Brett Murray and his Africa stands in St George's Mall at the bottom of Waterkant Street, in Cape Town.

These competitions were initiated by the JK Gross Trust with a view to making art more accessible to the Cape Town public by exposing them to contemporary art making by some of South Africa's most prominent sculptors. The regeneration of the inner city of Cape Town, for the benefit of both locals and visitors, is a vital component of this competition. Both winning sculptures have proved great drawcards for the city centre and both have elicited interesting debate around issues of public art and its role. Cultural tourism has thereby been advanced and the surroundings of the city greatly enhanced.


  • The area in front of the camera shop at the intersection of Shortmarket Street and St George's Mall in central Cape Town is the selected site.
  • The commissioned sculptures should in both form and character, complement the scale and nature of the surrounds.


  • The winner will be awarded a prize of R40 000 (forty thousand rands.)
  • A maximum amount of R80 000 (eighty thousand rands) will be made available to cover the proven costs of the materials, execution and installation of the winning sculpture.


  • This competition is open to all persons, regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • The commissioned sculpture will become the property of the Unicity Cape Town (CTU) who reserves the right to dismantle or move it if necessary in the future.
  • The Association will not be held responsible for any damage to or theft of submitted maquettes or for the storage of uncollected maquettes after the proposed exhibition.


  • Each participant is invited to submit one maquette in any medium at 1/10 of the scale of the proposed final sculptures.
  • Collaborative entries will be welcomed.
  • The participants should become familiar with the site.
  • It is a requirement that a budget for envisaged materials, execution and installation of the piece, including a timetable proposal for construction, accompany the entry of the maquette.


Delivery of forms and maquettes

  • Saturday June 29: Application Form A to reach AVA at PO Box 15218, Vlaeberg, 8018 WITHOUT MAQUETTES.
  • Thursday August 15 and Friday August 16 : Application Form B WITH MAQUETTE to be delivered to AVA at 35 Church Street, Cape Town, between 10.30am and 4pm.

Opening and duration of exhibition of maquettes

  • Tuesday, August 20: opening of Maquette Exhibition at 6 pm at AVA.
  • Wednesday August 21 - August 30, 2002: duration of exhibition. open to the public from 10am - 5pm weekdays.
  • The public will be invited to comment during the exhibition.

Collection of maquettes

  • Saturday August 31 2002: maquettes must be collected between 10h15 and 12h45 only.
  • NO responsibility will be taken by The Association for maquettes not collected from the gallery by 12h45 on Saturday, August 31.

Please note:

  • Finalists may by required to submit a second maquette 1/5 of the size of the proposed sculpture.
  • The Association reserves the right not to award a prize or to select a winner, should the judges deem the standard of entries to be unsatisfactory.
  • All working drawings, sketches and relevant developments of the winning maquette will become the property of JKGT.
  • The winning maquette will remain the property of JKGT and will form part of its art collection.
  • All maquettes should be for sale on exhibition at AVA. Normal gallery commission applies to all sales. The proposed sale price should accompany the maquette.
  • The winning participant must undertake to offer his/ her next solo exhibition at the AVA.

Final stage

  • The winning participant of the competition will be required to enter into a contract with the Association to specify terms and conditions of the commission.
  • The sculpture must be completed and installed within 12 months of the commission being awarded.
  • The materials used for the winning sculpture must be of a durable nature.
  • The winner, when conceiving of the piece, should take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of the installed sculpture and of the public visiting the site.

For further information, please contact Estelle Jacobs at AVA on (021) 424 7436 or email

Visit to download entry forms.

Arts & Culture Trust: Chief Executive Officer

Salary: commensurate with experience

The Arts & Culture Trust is a private sector initiative, which aims to provide much-needed financial support for the development, promotion and celebration of South African arts and culture. While maintaining strong links with its funders - Nedbank, Sun International, Vodacom and the Royal Netherlands Embassy - the Trust is run by an independent Board of Trustees drawn from the arts and culture community. For more information about the Trust, see

The challenging role of CEO will encompass:

  • Managing and driving the strategic positioning of the Trust within the arts and culture milieu.
  • Overseeing the administration of the trust, which includes the monitoring of applications, projects, finances and contracts.
  • Developing and managing the annual budgets.
  • Planning and executing fundraising and other events such as the annual awards event, in conjunction with the management committee.
  • Implementing communications, media and marketing plans.
  • Extensive liaison with trustees and founding member representatives.
  • Responsibility of finding trustees to participate in the trust & sponsors for events. In addition the person should have a background of net-working in the appropriate business circles to achieve this.

The position is based in Johannesburg.

Candidates are requested to submit a brief career resume along with motivation letter and three contactable references before Friday 7 June 2002 to: PO Box 61574, MARSHALLTOWN, 2107.

Inquiries: Mr Thami Cele, tel. 011 833 3611/2.

Commissions Manager: Public Art Programme

Johannesburg Development Agency calls for Expressions of Interest for a Commissions Manager: Public Art, Constitution Hill.

The Constitution Hill project marks one of the major inner-city regeneration projects by contributing to its economic, social and cultural upliftment. The Art Works Programmes are a major component of the Constitution Hill Project. These Programmes are intended to make a significant contribution to the overall goal of ensuring that Constitution Hill becomes a major attraction.

The JDA and the Project Board for Constitution Hill have recognised the contribution that newly commissioned works of art can make to their project.

The JDA anticipates that the successful proposal could well come from an individual, a team, consortium or company offering the full range of skills, knowledge and connections required grouped around a solid core of management experience.

For more information:
Under: TENDERS (Download the Proposal Call Document)

'Artists in Schools' - Researchers required

Two researchers are required for an 'Artists in Schools' training programme, to be developed through a local project funded by the Flemish Government. An 'Artists in Schools' training programme is to be developed as part of the CDP/Wits University School of Arts/DACST Partnership Project and funded by the Flemish Government.

The Project requires two researchers to contribute to the development of this project. The primary aim of this project is to achieve recognition from Education and Arts and Culture departments, and formal accreditation for artists to teach in schools and/or work with teachers, as well and to increase community arts teaching capacity and recognition.

Researchers are required to work with an assistant co-worker who will receive hands-on primary research methodology skills training. The researchers assist in identifying their co-workers and developing a skills training strategy.

A number of 'Artists in Schools' projects already exist and we wish to collaborate with these in the formal development of a programme model. A broad description of research components is cited below. Any additions or omissions that would be critical for inclusion in the Research Brief are invited to ensure that this research is of maximum value to the Arts and Culture Sector, and should please be forwarded to the Project.


Global Models of 'Artists in Schools' programmes, reflecting amongst other issues:
- Various Models from e.g. Africa, Latin American countries, the UK, the USA, Australia etc.
- How these models are structured and implemented
- Where they are located and where and how artists are deployed.
- How the training interfaces with national curricula and educational policy
- What entry criteria are applied, and the rationale for these.
- What recognition is accorded these programmes (governments/ institutions/communities)
- The degree and means of institutionalisation into school communities
- How, and by whom the artists are remunerated.
- What support systems are in place for implementation of programmes
- To what extent artists are embraced into the school system as a valuable resource
- How their training and practice in the classroom are assessed.

Issues addressed are bound to expand with recommendations from the Sector and during the research process but the underpinning substantiated critiques will be:
- What successes and constraints exist in the researched models,
- What could be useful for a South African model, and what would be inappropriate.

Competencies required:
- Proven research and research documentation expertise
- Internet research skills
- Analytical skills
- Excellent computer literacy and report writing skills
- Willingness to train an assistant co-worker in such research skills
- Ability to work independently and to deliver to deadlines
- An understanding of the South Arts and Culture formal and non-formal sectors


Local South African artists-educator initiatives in schools and community arts contexts.
- Researching present and past initiatives in all South African provinces.
- Locating these in an historical and contemporary context: arts and culture and educational practice
- Exploring the specific contexts in which these initiatives take place.
- Identifying access to and needs for training of artist-educators
- Reflecting on the successes and constraints
- Researching responses to the 'Artists in Schools' concept by relevant local, provincial and national government departments.
- Researching responses by local artists
- Researching responses by school and arts communities and organisations
- Presenting relevant supporting images

Many other issues will be addressed as identified by stakeholders, but underpinning this research will be a critical appraisal of:
- The present context and the role artists as educators can play in the development of Arts and Culture in schools and community arts structures.
- Foregrounding successful initiatives and recommended models
- Assessing the value of accredited programmes for artists, schools and community arts centres.

Competencies required:
- Proven research and research documentation expertise and experience or equivalent experience.
- Field work research experience
- Excellent computer literacy and report writing skills
- Analytical skills
- Knowledge of the SA Arts and Culture education and training sector
- Knowledge of the community arts sector
- Ability to work independently and to deliver to deadlines
- Willingness to train an assistant co-worker in research methodologies

To apply: please indicate clearly if you are applying for Research Brief One or Two, and submit a one page motivation as to why you are suitable for the project; a current CV reflecting experience and achievements in the area and three contactable referees.

The research projects runs from May 15 to November 15, 2002. Remuneration fees negotiated in relation to experience, deliverables and timeframes. Logistical support and appropriate resources to be identified (e.g. translators for field research, transport and telecommunications costs etc).

Send applications to:
The CDP Trust: Attention Charlotte Schaer
Fax: 011 618 1429
E-mail: or
Wits School of Arts. Attention David Andrew
Fax: 011 339 3601

Deadline for applications: June 3 2002

Curators and ideas wanted for Tirana Biennale in Prague

The Tirana Biennale 2 is looking for curators and ideas in order to create a real contemporary art event.

Dear friends,

I am currently working on the second edition of the Tirana Biennale that will take place in Prague next July 2003 at the beautiful site of Contemporary Art Museum of Elektrisny, a massive rationalist structure that is one of the most fascinating buildings in the world. I feel my extraordinary experience with the city of Tirana is exhausted. The Tirana Biennale 1 was made possible thanks to an enthusiasm and energy that is without equal, and in spite of the stress and the conditions of absolute emergency. The logistic difficulties (a non-existent budget, frequent lack of power and materials to install the show) was brilliantly overruled by the spirit of co-operation between artists and curators. The fact that Tirana Biennale 1 opened last September 14-15 - three days after the WTC attack - didn't prevent the participation of large number of artists, curators, and visitors from the whole Europe, but the trauma of those days limited the great flux expected from the every corner of the world.

At the moment we are working on this new TIRANA BIENNALE IN PRAGUE, that will be realized with a brand new formula in comparison to all the other international big art events. You know well my interest and passion work only when pressured by hard times. The Presidents of the second edition of the Tirana Biennale will be Milan Knizak, director of the Contemporary Art Museum, and me, Giancarlo Politi, publisher and editor of Flash Art. We will probably nominate a director and team of curators, who will have the duty of conceiving and designing this biennale. The Biennale will open during the first week of July 2003. At the moment we are forced to work within a very low budget (though it will increase to acceptable limits), but we feel the TIRANA BIENNALE IN PRAGUE will be the greatest cultural event in 2003. The formula will certainly be in tune with the times and the cultural changes currently on course - unlike all the other events. Further information will follow shortly.

Best wishes,
Giancarlo Politi

* Meanwhile, all those who wish to submit non-expensive and new curatorial ideas are more than welcome. You could be part of our curatorial staff. A big exhibition today can take place only with different ideas and diverse input, and not with a show-off referee and a little one-idea oriented staff. That's why I'm here. I am looking forward a confrontation of ideas with you.

The best proposals we will receive, even if not considered for the exhibition, will be published on the catalogue.

Artists' Emergency Response - Video Petition Project

Dear students and non-students in South Africa,
I am part of a student group at the Art Institute of Chicago working to make a Video Petition Project, detailed in the press release below. Please take a few moments to read over our proposal. We are looking for organisations and individuals to endorse and participate in this project. We begin shooting this summer in as many North American cities as possible, and hopefully in other regions of the world as well. In Chicago, we will be shooting at Video Machete and other venues TBA.

Peace and Justice,
Andrew Colwell

Artists' Emergency Response (AER) launches Video Petition Project to voice opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and to speak for a just solution to the Palestinian Refugee Crisis and an equitable and lasting peace in the Middle East. A student group at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago working with faculty and staff, AER consists of Jewish, Non-Jewish, and Arab-American members working to respond to the current Middle East Crisis as artists and activists.

AER has written 11 petition statements to be read on camera by people in the United States and Canada. The video will serve as the visual testimony of North Americans asserting their multi-faceted views against the Israeli occupation. These voices are under-represented by the media, despite their large and growing numbers, and cannot be dismissed as anti-Semitic or self-loathing simply due to their criticisms of the Israeli Government and its policies.

Beginning in the summer of 2002, AER will work with organisations and individuals throughout the US and Canada to sign thousands of individuals onto the Video Petition. The completed tapes will be screened in a variety of venues, from colleges, universities, and high school campuses, to community organisations, art venues, public access television, radio, and internet sites. The Video Petitions will also be sent to public officials and leaders.

For more information or to endorse or participate in The Video Petition Project, please contact AER at

Sasol New Signatures Competition 2002

Promoting and exposing the young artists of South Africa to the public is the drive behind the 2002 Sasol New Signatures Competition. This is an annual competition open to all artists who have not yet had a solo exhibition and who are older than 18 years.

This important competition is presented by the Association of Arts Pretoria and sponsored by SASOL. Many previous winners have gone on to become highly regarded South African artists building an ongoing vital and dynamic foundation to the visual arts in South Africa.

This is one of South Africa's most prestigious art competitions that must be added to your calendar. A maximum of two works per artist may be submitted to the Pretoria Art Museum on Wednesday 24 July 2002 and Thursday 25 July 2002 between 10am and 4pm.

A selection committee is responsible for selecting approximately 100 works for the exhibition and choosing the overall winner who receives R10 000. After selection two independent judges are invited to select their winning work which is awarded R5 000 each.

Winners for this year's Sasol New Signatures competition will be announced for the first time at the opening of this exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum on Wednesday 7 August 2002 at 7pm. Members of the public will have the opportunity to select their winning work for the People's Choice Price in the form of a ballot paper. This fantastic prize will be announced on Wednesday 28 August 2002 at 6.30pm.

For more information and entry forms contact Nandi Hilliard or Pieter van Heerden at the Association of Arts Pretoria on (012) 346 3100. Call now, we look forward to receiving your entries!

Camera Club of Johannesburg Slide Section Meeting

The Slide Section of the Camera Club of Johannesburg (CCJ) meets every first and third Monday evening at 7.30pm. Hein Waschefort, digital Master of Afrigrafix, and his son, Gus, recent FPPSA, will give a presentation.

Two slides may be submitted by members for advancement judging and we welcome visitors' slides for discussion.

R10 per person gets you in and includes tea/coffee and secure parking.

When: June 3 at 7.30pm
Where: Classroom 2, Gordon Institute of Business Science, 26 Melville Road, Illovo

Inquiries: Gillian Campbell
Tel: 011 888 4752

Call for submissions to Sasolburg WAM (Wax, Arts and Music) Festival

Professional and amateur artists are encouraged to enter the Sasol WAM Festival, which will be held in Sasolburg annually. Top prize for a work produced in wax is R40 000 in the professional category. Works which incorporate wax in their process (bronze casting, etching etc) are also eligible for entry.

The competition is sponsored by Schumann-Sasol, South Africa's largest wax producer. The theme for this year's exhibition and competition is 'South Africa's Greats'. The entry form reads as follows: "artwork may be 2- or 3-dimensional, figurative or abstract, but must clearly express the quality of greatness as embodied in something/someone South African; your South African great could be a person, persons (political, sport, medicine, social etc.), animal, plant, landscape, cityscape, an attitude, event or a combination of various South African qualities."

The closing date is July 31. For further information, please contact Mirah Baron Wilks who is promoting and co-ordinating the art competition. She is also co-ordinating transport. Artists are expected to provide concise CVs, artist's statements and present the work exhibition-ready (ie framed or mounted on a base, or as appropriate). Artists may also submit other works for sale, other than the competition piece.

Mirah Baron Wilks
082 413 5052


Figure drawing workshop at Technikon Pretoria

The Department of Fine and Applied Arts of Technikon Pretoria will present a figure drawing workshop for beginners to experienced drawers. The workshop will be presented by Carl Jeppe, who will take the students through the various stages of figure drawing, working in pencil, charcoal and inks and covers basic to advanced figure drawing principles.

The workshop will run from Saturday 15 June - Monday 17 June 2002. The workshop starts each day at 9am and continues until 4pm, with an hour's break for lunch.

Materials will be supplied, but if you have any special preferences you are welcome to bring your own materials. Models will be supplied. The cost for the three-day workshop is R900 (this includes refreshments and lunch).

If you are from out of town, excellent accommodation is available, at reasonable rates, but please book early.

A deposit of R200 is payable to secure your place. The balance of R700 is payable at the start of the course. A certificate of attendance will be issued after the successful completion of the workshop.

The figure drawing workshop will be presented at the Arts Campus, 24 Du Toit Street (cnr Du Toit and Struben Streets) in Building 9, Room G6 where secure parking is available.

For more information or to make your reservations, please contact Carl Jeppe at 012 318 6143 or Carien Cilliers at 012 318 6159.


Daniel Langlois Foundation calls for research proposals

The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology is launching a call for research proposals in the program of grants for researcher in residence. This program being in its second year, the Foundation hopes to foster critical thinking about how technologies affect people and their natural and cultural environments.

Following an international competition open to historians, curators, critics, independent researchers, artists and scientists, the Foundation will enable two researchers to work in the collections and archives of the Centre for Research and Documentation (CR+D). The research project must focus on one of the Foundation's collections; a profile of the Foundation's collections is available at the following URL:

Twice a year, the CR+D will welcome a researcher for three to six months. The researchers will be given access to computer and audiovisual equipment, the Foundation's database and its documentary collections. Their research findings will be published on the Foundation's website.

For more details on this initiative, consult the program of grants for researcher in residence in the Funding Programs section of the Foundation's Web site:

The deadline for applying is August 31, 2002. If you don't have Internet access, or if you have any questions about how to submit a project to the Foundation, please contact the program officer Jacques Perron at or tel: (514) 987 7177.

Mind's i art space calls for exhibition proposals

Mind's i art space in Pretoria is inviting artists to present portfolios and exhibition proposals for the remainder of 2002. The gallery aims to promote challenging contemporary work in all media and disciplines. The gallery, located in Brooklyn Square shopping centre, is ideally situated to expose your work to a broad spectrum of viewers and buyers. Exhibitions are complemented by talks and lectures, animation screenings and live art performances.

We are interested in small bodies of work and single works to be included in group exhibitions in July, August, September and October. Interested artists must please contact the gallery at 012 346 5131. The gallery can be visited online at

Call for SA participation in 'Coexistence'

The Museum on the Seam - for Dialogue, Understanding and Coexistence ( in Jerusalem is happy to extend an invitation to you to participate in an international travelling graphic art exhibition. This outside exhibition opened in Spring, 2001 and is travelling to many cities around the world.

It is most appropriate that in Jerusalem we are organizing an exhibition on 'Coexistence'. In Jerusalem, which has known thousands of years of conflict, we are now trying to find new ways of resolving our differences. The Museum on the Seam aims to present �conflict situations� and set out the possibilities for reaching solutions without resorting to violence.

Modern society has witnessed various attempts to integrate heterogeneous populations, however, it has yet to devise effective tools by which to bridge the gaps between groups. Coexistence can only be achieved by education, learning to respect �the other�. The exhibition, Coexistence, is our contribution to this effort.

Many cities have expressed interest in hosting and showing the exhibition. To date the exhibition's schedule has been and will be, as follows:

Jerusalem: May 15 - June 15, 2001 - Old City walls
Belfast: Aug. 13 - Sept. 8, 2001- Waterfront Hall
Luxembourg: Sept. 18 - Oct. 8, 2001- Place Guillaume
Sarajevo: Oct. 18 - Nov. 8, 2001 - Main square of the city

Winter Intermission: Nov. 9 - Mar. 10, 2002

Bern: April 17 - May 10, 2002 - Munsterplattform
Geneva: May 15 - June 5, 2002 - Wilson Palace (United Nation Centre)
Berlin: June 10 - July 10, 2002 - Platz der Republik
Copenhagen: July 15 - Aug. 10, 2002 - Kongens Nytorv Square
Stockholm: Aug. 15 - Sept. 10, 2002 - (site to be confirmed)
Amsterdam: Sept. 15 - Oct. 10, 2002 - Museumsplein
Cape Town: March 21 - April 27, 2003 - (site to be confirmed)
New York: May - June 2003 (to be confirmed)

We would like you to participate in getting this urgent message across by contributing your creative powers to influence and help improve social relations in today's "global village".

The posters in the exhibition will be created by the Museum in 3x5m format for display in open air locations beyond the confines of a museum setting.

Because so many countries are involved, only one poster from South Africa can be selected to join this exhibition. A symbolic "prize" of $1 000 will be given to the South African artist whose poster is selected.

The project has received international press and television coverage, as part of a variety of related activities. In the wake of the exhibition, a catalogue will be published documenting the posters and the exhibition sites.

Click here to download guidelines for participation and entry form (MS Word document).

Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Awards

The Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Award is a biennial award sponsored by the Commonwealth Foundation. Ten awards are made to craftspeople and artists, aged between 22 and 35, who show promise and initiative in their own country but who have had little opportunity of working in another country. Applications are welcomed from citizens from all parts of the Commonwealth and in most artforms. Applications are judged by panels of professional artists and arts administrators with a wide experience of the arts and crafts in the Commonwealth. The Award, in the region of 6,000 pounds, is intended to help winning artists explore their art in another Commonwealth country by working with other artists or studying in an arts institution for a period of approximately six months. Normally the payment covers airfares, fees, living expenses and the cost of mounting an exhibition. Payment is made in three instalments.

The aim of the Award is to encourage the sharing of artistic experience and traditions within the Commonwealth. It aims to give craftspeople and artists the chance to share their skills, exchange ideas, develop their talents and create a network of artists around the Commonwealth. The Award is about cultural dialogue rather than art for art's sake.

We are looking for:
- talented artists and craftspeople who have the ability to communicate and the desire to extend their horizons;
- original art and craft which has a strong identity, is rooted in its own traditions and has the potential to develop further;
- resourceful and self-reliant artists and craftspeople who, if selected, have the ability to plan, organise and manage their award;
- artists who will make the most of the opportunities provided by these awards.

The Award is not intended for study leading to a degree. It is also not intended for travel between any two of the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Travel to developing countries is especially encouraged.

How to enter

All applicants must complete the application form and submit the following in an envelope no larger than A3 size (420mm x 297mm).

1 A curriculum vitae outlining your education, experience and details of where you have exhibited or displayed your work.
2 Ten 35mm slides or good quality photographs (clearly labelled) of individual pieces of work. Slides are preferred. Photocopies, negatives and original work are not acceptable. When labelling slides please write directly onto the mount.
3 A short statement describing each piece of work.
4 Letters of reference from two referees outlining why you merit an award based on the stated aims of the award. One of the references must be from a recognised arts institution, ie a gallery, art college or artists' organisation.
5 A statement setting out your reasons for applying for the Award. Please include:
- the specific field of art in which you are interested, the country/countries you would like to visit (country/countries of destination), and, if possible, the names of institutions or craftspeople/artists with whom you would like to work;
- how you wish your artwork to develop and why;
- how your work will benefit from the exchange and how you could benefit artists in the host country;
- how you collaborate and network with fellow artists and institutions in your own country.
6 If you would like your slides or photographs returned, please include a self-addressed envelope if you are applying from outside the UK or a stamped addressed envelope if you are applying from the UK. Please do not include non-UK stamps or international reply coupons.
7 Applications should be sent to: The Project Manager, Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Awards, The Commonwealth Foundation, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HY, United Kingdom.
8 Closing Date: 1 October 2002.

You will receive an acknowledgement card on receipt of your application. Successful candidates will be notified by 31 December 2002. The Award must be taken up by December 2003.

Click here to download a PDF brochure and application form for the 2002 Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Awards [1.9MB] or visit

US call for artistic reflections on Middle East

ARC Gallery in Chicago, USA, will mount 'Piece Process' in September 2002, an exhibition of an artistic reflection on the deteriorating situation in the Middle East. We are looking especially for artists with Arab/Palestinian and Jewish/Israeli backgrounds, but others who would like to submit pieces, with a political flavour, reflecting the complexity of the region, are welcome. ARC invites you to submit artwork in all media. There is no participation fee.

Send five slides, a statement (and a description if you intend to create a new piece for the show) and a SASE to ARC - Piece Process, 734 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago IL 60622; tel: 312 733 2787. Deadline: June 15.

For info email

Kempton Park Tembisa Art Award gets a new name

With metropolitan and local restructuring de rigueur at the moment, the Ekurhuleni Fine Arts Award is born. No, it's not a new prize, just a new identity. They have a mission statement too: "to make this annual exhibition of South African Art the showpiece of the nation's current's art trends". With a new name comes more money, and that's not to be sneezed at. First prize now stands at R12 000, second prize is R7 000 and third prize is R5 000.

All artists, regardless of age or whether they've had a solo show or not, and working in all media, are encouraged to enter their works from June 3 to 5 at the Coen Scholtz Recreation Centre, Mooifontein Road, Birchleigh North in Kempton Park. Entry forms will be provided at the venue on submission days and an entry fee of R50 is payable per entry.

Artists wishing to submit installations are advised to visit the venue to select a space as these will be awarded on a first-com first-serve basis. All artworks submitted must be for sale. There is no limit on size, but artists need to take into account the venue conditions, and organisers reserve the right to select according to available space.

The adjudication panel this year is Cobus Haupt, Kathryn Smith, Sipho Mdanda, Avitha Sooful and David Andrew. Prize winners will be announced at the opening on June 29 at 6pm. The first prize winner is obliged to serve on the judging panel next year.

Contact Micha Birch for more information and competition conditions on 011 391 4007 or 082 345 4012.

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

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 -


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:


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

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