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13.02.08 Department of Arts and Culture Award for Women Artists
10.02.08 Store Supervisor required for Goodman Gallery Cape
10.02.08 AVA subscriptions renewal
10.02.08 Greatmore studios workshop
10.02.08 2D Animation Learnership
10.02.08 29th Durban International Film Festival invites applications for 'Talent Campus Durban'
10.02.08 Call for applications de Appel Curatorial Programme 2008/2009
10.02.08 Artist's accommodation available in Johannesburg
10.02.08 Studio spaces available in Cape Town
10.02.08 The Arts and Culture Trust invites applications


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

04.11.07 Invitation to apply to the Bag Factory Video Art Programme

01.04.07 Call for Submissions: Africa Biennale 2008

04.02.07 AVA's Artreach fund invites applications


04.11.07 GoodHopeArt studios invites applications


Department of Arts and Culture Award for Women Artists

FEBRUARY 29, 2008

The Department of Arts and Culture is running an exciting Award for Women Artists (DAC-AWA) in celebration of women's achievements all over the globe. Artworks should celebrate, in particular, South African women's achievements, progress and lasting legacy. This opportunity is open to all South African women fine artists over the age of 21 years. Artworks must reflect or have as inspiration the unique history and lives of women in South Africa.

The interpretation of the above is open - reference can be made to such achievements and legacies as:
1956 Women's March to Pretoria in protest against the 'dompas'
Resilience of Afrikaner Women in Concentration Camps
1976 The Role of Mothers during the Education unrests, etc
Women Leaders and Democracy

The following visual art genres will be accepted: Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Photography, Mixed-Media. (Please note: Installations, craft products: pottery, ceramics, grasswork, etc. should not be submitted.) For easy transportation and fair assessment 2-dimensional artworks should not exceed 100x100cm and 3-dimensional artworks (sculpture) should not exceed 40x60 with height not exceeding 80cm, should be easy to pack and transport and not exceed 10kg in weight. All entered artwork(s) must have been executed in the last 24 months.

Clearly labeled artworks should be submitted to the Provincial collection points from: Monday, 10 December 2007 to Friday, 29 February 2008 to allow time for provincial and national adjudication sessions for the award. (Transportation to and from collection points will be at the artist's cost.) Provincial and overall award winners will have their winning works reproduced to create a limited edition print portfolio: Celebrating Women: Achievements, Progress and Lasting Legacy.

The overall award winner, second and third prize winners will be announced at a gala function hosted by the Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Ntombazana Botha, on 09 August 2008 as part of Women's Day celebrations.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:
1st - R 30 000
2nd - R 15 000s
3rd - R 5 000

Information on collection points, rules and criteria for participation are available on request.
For more information and details, please contact Fatima Maal:
Tel: 072 126 8386
Email: or

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,

Store Supervisor required for Goodman Gallery Cape

Goodman Gallery Cape is a leading art gallery that promotes contemporary art to local and international audiences. We are looking to add to our team a committed, dynamic supervisor with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well under pressure.

This person should have:
- Minimum Grade 12
- Technical qualifications
- Valid Code 10 driver's license
- Minimum 1 year's experience personnel and/or stores management
- Minimum 1 year's experience handling works of art and/or 1 year's experience driving people and/or goods
- Computer literacy in MS Word, Excel, email and internet
- Good verbal and written communication skills

- Supervise Gallery Assistants
- Supervise all movement of artworks internally and externally
- Supervise and receive, unpack and prepare works of art for exhibition
- Supervise exhibitions installation and de-installation
- Pack artwork for delivery or transport
- Liaise with service providers related to transport and packing of artworks
- Organise and maintain storeroom and records including stock registers, delivery notes
- Execute messenger services, deliveries and collections
- Collect and transport artists and clients
- Act as reception and security at front of house, when required
- Attend openings and events at Goodman Gallery Cape

The remuneration package includes a 13th cheque, subject to annual review, a fully paid retirement annuity scheme and 50% employer's contribution to medical aid (Discovery Health)

Closing date: February 2008

Send CV, covering letter and references to:

Julienne Lemb
Fax: 021 462-7579

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,

Greatmore studios workshop

Since April 2007 the artists at Greatmore Studios have committed themselves to grooming a new generation of artists. The month-long mentorship workshops serve as important forums for experimentation, development, and critique. For any given workshop, six to eight young, local and international artists are invited from across the continent to interact with each other and exchange ideas while tapping the expertise of seasoned artists. During the workshop, the emerging artists are encouraged to develop their artistic practice, visit galleries, and attend various mini-workshops. A small course to develop the financial literacy of the young artists will also be available.

While many of these young artists are drawn from local and international tertiary art institutions, some have never had any formal art training in their lives. The workshop marks the first time some of the younger artists will be given a platform to engage with a broader community. Apart from having a safe empathetic space in which to contain their art practice, the young artists have access to a computer laboratory with free internet access, computer training and a library of recent journals and books. During their stay at the studios all participating artists are encouraged to take advantage of an extensive international network of artists affiliated with the project space.

To participate in this four week art laboratory in April, held in partnership with the Development Bank of Southern Africa and National Lottery Distribution Fund please complete an application form. Please also attach an updated curriculum vitae, appropriate identification, 6 - 10 images of recent artwork, a personal statement, motivational letter and relevant references.

Send to:

Greatmore Studios
R.E. Mentoring Workshop
PO Box 250
Cape Town
South Africa


Artists are required to fund the full costs of their travel to attend the workshop. Accommodation and a small stipend are provided for successful candidates living outside of Cape Town. For more information on the project:

Tel: (021) 447 9699

Deadline for applications: February 15, 2008

2D Animation Learnership

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

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

29th Durban International Film Festival invites applications for 'Talent Campus Durban'

The 29th Durban International Film Festival is proud to announce the first edition of 'Talent Campus Durban' held in cooperation with the Berlinale Talent Campus (a project of the Berlin International Film Festival). This will be held from July 25 - 29.

'Talent Campus Durban' is an intensive five day programme of workshops and seminars delivered by film professionals and academics. Filmmakers will benefit from both theoretical and practical approaches that will enhance their cinematographic experience. The Talent Campus Durban theme Producing African Cinema for a New World will focus the activities towards the development of new projects and ideas.

In February every year, the Berlin International Film Festival organises the 'Berlinale Talent Campus', which brings together hundreds of young filmmakers from all over the world. Since 2003, these events have been held in Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, South Africa and Ukraine.

'Talent Campus Durban' invites young filmmakers from Africa to apply to participate in these workshops and seminars. In addition to specific activities offered, the selected talents will have the opportunity to attend films and events at the 29th Durban International Film Festival.

Deadline for application: March 17, 2008

Full rules and regulations can be downloaded from

For further details:
Tel: +27 (0)31 260 2506/1367
Fax: +27 (0)31 260 3074

Call for applications de Appel Curatorial Programme 2008/2009

'Curating in the expanded field'

Initiated in 1994 by Saskia Bos, the Curatorial Programme of de Appel arts centre wishes to offer young curators a condensed package of experiences and skills that can be used as tools and instruments during the further development of their professional career. De Appel is an internationally-oriented arts centre located in Amsterdam that functions as a site for the production of performances, research and presentation of contemporary visual arts through a series of exhibitions, publications and discursive events.

In September 2006, a remodelled version of the eight-month long Curatorial Programme was launched with a renewed curriculum and an extended tutorial team. It encompasses a dense array of theoretical seminars, thematic workshops, field trips in Europe and Asia, practice-related assignments and encounters with artists and art professionals. Throughout the programme, attention is paid to the history of exhibition-making, diverse curatorial practices, collection and institution building and project management. The unique and special thematic focus is on the polarity between 'freelance' and 'institutional' curating and on the examination of 'context-responsive' curating. The formats and methodologies that curators deal with in the presentation of art in the 'expanded field', outside of the white cube, are explored in the programme.

This focus culminates in a 'site-specific' curatorial assignment: the participants of the course are invited to investigate a specific area (in 2006/2007 this was the Amsterdam suburb de Bijlmermeer, and in 2007/2008 the satellite city Leidsche Rijn near Utrecht) and realise a project that relates to this site in a direct or indirect way. Through inviting the participants to work 'off-site', de Appel challenges the curators to reflect upon the current status and issues of art in (sub)urban public space and to reflect upon the different ways in which art functions in processes of urban renewal/generation. Throughout the process the relationship with the 'mother institution' is maintained while at the same time being interrogated.

The following parts of the programme are considered to be of vital importance:

- the opportunity to research theoretical issues and developments in regular sessions with a tutorial team consisting e.g. of de Appel director Ann Demeester (BE/NL), curator Annie Fletcher(IR/NL), visual artist Steve McQueen (GB/NL), writer and curator Elena Filipovic (US/BE), curator Dieter Roelstraete (BE), independent researcher/curator Lisette Smits (NL) and philosopher/curator Henk Slager (NL).
- the opportunity to meet a large number of artists, curators, critics and other professionals from the Netherlands and abroad in a very condensed period of time, and having the chance to exchange ideas with them, either during thematic seminars or during informal encounters. Guest teachers in 2007 were e.g. Carlos Basualdo (US), Gerardo Mosquera (CU/US), Paul O'Neill (GB), Jacques Ranciére (FR), Simon Sheikh (SE) and Pier Luigi Tazzi (IT).
- the opportunity to get acquainted with de Appel from 'the inside', and get a better insight into the mechanisms and governing principles of a contemporary institution for visual arts.
- the possibility to make a long trip outside of Western Europe and a minimum of seven excursions within Europe.

Application requirements:

- A letter of motivation in which your personal drive is stated and what you expect from the programme.
- A proposal for a show (5-15 pages), including: concept and location of the show (main focus), the participating artists (including some image material), a budget of the show, a publicity plan (not obliged).
- A résumé, including an extensive description of one's relevant working experience.
- Two written references of (former) tutors, professors or employers, in English.

On the basis of the submitted documents a pre-selection is made. Approximately ten candidates will be shortlisted; they are invited to come to Amsterdam in the last week of March for an interview.

Application deadline: March 7, 2008 Send completed applications (in two-fold) to:

de Appel
Att: Esther Vossen
Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 10
1017 DE Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Tel: + 31 (0) 20 6255215

Artist's accommodation available in Johannesburg

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

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

Tel: 083 408 9734

Studio spaces available in Cape Town

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

Tel: (021) 462 2095

The Arts and Culture Trust invites applications

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

Who is eligible to apply for funding from ACT?

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

What is the application procedure?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Specs journal invites submissions

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

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

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

Email submissions as word attachments to

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

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

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

For more information, visit:

Invitation to apply to the Bag Factory Video Art Programme

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

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

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

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

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

At the end of the workhop each student will have:

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

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

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

Call for Submissions: Africa Biennale 2008

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

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

AVA's Artreach fund invites applications

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

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

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


GoodHopeArt studios invites applications

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

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

For more information, contact Nico Eilers

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