Archive: Issue No. 24, August 1999

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Softserve- an evening of multimedia art at the National Gallery planned for Nov 5

Softserve at the SANG: Call for Proposals

Softserve, an evening of multi-media art events at the South African National Gallery in Cape Town will take place on Friday November 5 this year, and will include installation, video work, djs, performance - or whatever else artists might come up with. Loosely modelled on the hugely successful Red Eye programme at the Durban Art Gallery, the idea is to provide an opportunity for younger artists to showcase their work - and also to draw a non-gallery audience into the sometimes staid gallery spaces for a dazzling art manifestation and party.

It will be a night in which the gallery will be between exhibitions, and the walls in two of the main galleries will be bare. All kinds of other spaces in and around the gallery will also be available. The organiser of the evening is Public Eye, a newly formed Section 21 company of Cape Town artists, and the event has received sponsorship from the National Arts Council, so some funding is available for accepted proposals.

Deadline for proposals is Monday, September 13. Email proposals to Andrew Putter at, phone (021) 685 6319 or Sue Williamson at, phone (021) 462 2095, fax (021) 461 5863.

S.A. Centre for Photography Newsletter

Dear photographic community,

When we conceived the idea of 100 photographic exhibitions for our first stab at a photo biennial in South Africa (September 1999), we thought of 100 as a kind of mythical number to aim for. As of last Friday morning we had ninety exhibitions pencilled in for the festival and we are incredibly excited and somewhat overwhelmed at this response from the photographic community. It is going to be a landmark event for SA photography. We have not yet figured in the virtual web exhibitions so we might even pass the mythical 100 mark.

It's going to be a long August with the catalogue to design and all the exhibition venues to sort out. We are working on the web site to get that up by September and also trying to prepare the Centre Gallery for its first show, also in September. If there are people with time to offer please contact me. We need telephone help, design and layout assistance and painters.

Those of you who have submitted proposals for exhibitions will be hearing from Berni or Lien sometime this week. We will be expecting your 200 words and an image for the catalogue. Jenny is putting the final touches to the live shows and Dale and Tor are assembling the web site. Mark has been working on the Art night and we will be sending you all the above info when finalized.

Our last ditch effort to raise funding for participating photographers have not proved successful. I think we simply have to do the best we can with our limited budget so when the next Month of Photography rolls around in two years time we will have a better track record and hopefully a lot more goodwill out there.

Thank you all again for your tremendous support for the Month of Photography.

Geoff Grundlingh

POST-IT 4085

The Durban Art Gallery invites you to submit an original artwork on a postcard for their last exhibition to be held before the millennium. The postcards can be made in any medium but must conform to the standard postal size and must bear a postmark. The cards will all be auctioned for the acquisition budget of the Durban Art Gallery. An exhibition of postcards will be held in December 1999 preceeding the auction.

Why? The Durban Art Gallery has no acquisition budget and this is the most crucial time in South Africa's history with the transition to a new democracy. The inability to purchase works has had an impact on local, emerging artists. The Friends of the Durban Art Gallery have taken this initiative to mobilise the international artistic community to assist in this worthy cause. Join in this challenging project and assist South Africa's art community.


Prints are acceptable but edition must not exceed 5.
All cards must be postmarked
Copy right for publicity purposes is given to the Durban Art Gallery i.e. reproduction on website, printed media, T.V. etc. (If artist does not wish to give this a signed declaration stating this should be enclosed)
All proceeds from auction will be used for the purchase of acquisitions for the Durban Art Gallery.
All postcards should bear the artist's name, address & contact nos.

Send postcards from now - the final date for submission is 1st November 1999 (postcards may be sent on this date but should not bear a later postmark)

Post-it to:
Post-it Durban Art Gallery
P.O. Box 4085

Enquiries: Carol Brown - Director
Tel: 31-27-3006230 email:



It can be: a solo or a collective effort, a journal, notes and graphics which either document, add to or run parallel to your life, a combination of a fetish and the ordering of things, an unpublished volume of poetry, collection of short stories, novel, documentary, a thesis or other research, your notes and any other gatherings in pictorial form or otherwise

Okay, haul out them manuscripts and start getting creative! The venue we're looking at is, Carfax - for those who don't know it, it's an amazing warehouse space in the Newtown area, where people listen to music and such, and there's a gallery section too. The people who run the place are pretty excited about the project and Stefan, the new curator (who is an artist and ardent book binder) will be participating too! They will assist with fundraising for the invites and postage and deal with press coverage.

We're looking at November as the date - will send you the exact day soon. There will be a selection committee consisting of Stefan, Sasha (from Carfax) and myself (Art Studio). Other ideas to coincide with the show are - a poetry workshop and a bookbinding workshop. It would be great to have a multimedia opening. For example, the Botsotso jesters will be launching their new book, Dirty Washing and will have a poetry performance to accompany the original manuscript of the book. Patrick Rorke will have a dancer perform his art/journal manuscript, etc (let me know what you want to do).

There will be a video projector, slide projector and a sound system available to participants - please communicate your needs so they may be realized.

I'm looking into the possibility of the show travelling to Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town, Durban and Grahamstown.

We do need a PHOTOGRAPH of your work, so please send it/them urgently - if your work is still in progress, simply indicate this on the back of the pic.

Please send your photographs and a brief description of your manuscript along with your confirmation of your participation.

Anna Varney

Art Studio
Postal Add: Postnet Suit 136, Private Bag X2600, Houghton
Physical Add: 59 Natal St, Bellevue East
TEL: (o11) 487 2112
CEL: (083) 2696 917
fax: (011) 648 7996


Contact list

The Art Educators Association is drawing up a contact list of arts organisations, groups and individual artists based in Gauteng. The list will concentrate on groups/individuals who have an interest in working with young people or teachers.

This contact list would form a directory which will be distributed to schools, Education and other Government Departments, arts organisations, and funders, including the business community.

This directory will not only help teachers to link up with creative activities in their communities, but will also provide publicity for arts groups and artists. Artists from all the arts fields will be included: visual arts, drama, music, dance, ceramics, film, photography, textile, crafts, and other creative activities.

Mail, e-mail or fax your contact details and a description of your activities to:

Art Educators Association, PO Box 1073, Joubert Park, 2044 Tel/fax: (011) 725-2420 E-mail:

Please ensure that your response reaches us before 6 August 1999

For more information on this unique directory, contact Mocke or Clifford at (011) 725-242

BLAC Collective meets (Cape Town)

The Black Arts Collective Seminar Series, held on the first Tuesday of every month, to develop discourse in the arts and to provide a platform for networking for black cultural workers : artists, heritage workers and academics around issues of arts and culture, will have Cape Times arts editor Sandile Dikeni is guest speaker talking about Black in the Western Cape. The profiled artist is Hip Hop activist Emile Jansen

The date is Tuesday August 3 at 5.30p.m, and the venue is the Old Granary Building in Buitenkant Street, opposite Cape College. For more info on BLAC, and its background as well as a definition of black cultural workers contact Zayd at 4654996 or

Arts College

I am in the process of setting up an Arts College in the Eastern Cape which has a focus on the cultural exchange between European and South African artists. The courses are mainly designed for International and local artists who have already obtained a basic degree in art and wish to experience a live-in working environment with local and international artists to explore the culture and environment of the Eastern Cape. In addition to this, I would like to explore many issues that are related to South Africa from colonialism and its effect on art and artists to post-apartheid art. I am seeking information on persons/bodies that may be interested in this project for exchange programs and funding.

Can anyone help?

Yours faithfully Sam Aylwin PG. (Hon) FA Blackrock College




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