A Nationally Representative Structure for the Visual Arts?
by Sean O'Toole
The International Network for Cultural Diversity (INCD) will meet in Johannesburg on November 16 to discuss the establishment of a nationally representative visual arts structure. At present the visual arts represents the only discipline without such a structure in place.
At an INCD meeting earlier this year in Cape Town, visual arts practitioners and administrators agreed that a representative structure should be established.
Frank Ledimo, of Wits Art Galleries, was nominated as the Visual Arts representative to the INCD steering committee, whose responsibility it is to help develop a local network that would take up INCD issues as well as other concerns.
An INCD delegation has already met with the arts and culture ministers on Monday, October 14. Their aim was to make a formal presentation on behalf of the INCD. According to Mike van Graan, an INCD Steering Committee Member, the presentation was well received.
Estelle Jacobs, Clive Kellner, Frank Ledimo, Joseph Gaylard, Virginia McKenny, Sue Williamson, Zayd Minty, Conrad Theys, Storm van Rensburg and John Smith number amongst the visual arts practitioners and administrators expected to attend the November 16 meeting.
The meeting is intended to help facilitate the establishment of a national network of representative organisations. The meeting will take place from 10:30 to 13:00 on Saturday, November 16. The vent is by invitation only.