Archive: Issue No. 27, November 1999

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Garton Bower, chief librarian of the Cape Town Central Art Library


A postcard-sized work already recieved by the Durban Art Gallery for its December auction

Staking Claims Catalogue launch

Staking Claims: Confronting Cape Town, was the title of a show curated by Emma Bedford during the One City Many Cultures Festival in Cape Town in September. The catalogue of Staking Claims will be launched this week. Delysia Forbes, Arts and Culture Co-ordinator, City of Cape Town, will be doing the honours. The National Gallery is co-ordinating the event and Kwasa-kwasa band Young Bakuba will be playing afterwards.

Wednesday November 24 at 6pm, (RSVP by 22 November).

Marco's African Palace, 15 Rose Street, Bo-Kaap.

For more information contact: Emma Bedford, Curator, South African National Gallery - Ph: (021) 465-1628
Fax: (021) 461-0045

Cape Town Art Library Support Group launches

Reeling from shrinking budgets, the Cape Town Central Art Library is launching a support group to help maintain its vital position as the only central resource of art books and periodicals open to the general public. The aim will be to help the library acquire the material it needs. The chairperson will be Derek Joubert, ex director of CAP and now at the Institute of Race Relations. Everyone interested is welcome to the launch meeting to be held in the Central Art Library, City Hall, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17. The guest speaker will be artist and writer Sue Williamson.

Postcard Deadline Extended

The deadline date for sending postcard sized artworks to the Durban Art Gallery for Post-It has been extended to the end of November. So far, the gallery has received about 200 cards - some from as far afield as the United States. All the work will be auctioned for the acquisition budget of the Durban Art Gallery, and will be on view in the Gallery from 1-15th December preceding the auction.
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Voting for the Vita Art Prize 2000

FNB Vita and the Sandton Civic Gallery are proud to announce the Vita Art Prize 2000 for contemporary art. The competition, which culminates in an exhibition of works by selected artists, aims to promote interest in and provoke debate around South African contemporary art. The award qualification period runs from January to December each year. Members of the public are once again invited to nominate artists whose work has been exhibited in a recognised gallery during the year by means of a nomination card which can be found at participating galleries and posted, faxed or e-mailed to the FNB Vita offices. A selection panel will draw up a shortlist, taking into consideration the public nominations, a maximum of six artists, who will be commissioned to produce work for a group exhibition at the Sandton Civic Gallery. An overall winner is selected and receives an award of up to R30 000. The closing date for public nominations for the FNB Vita Art Prize is 31 January 2000. For further details contact (011) 442 8435

Issued by FNB Vita Awards

Telephone: (011) 442 8435 Fax: (011) 442 8523

Call for Cultural Contributions, Urban Futures 2000 Conference

An international multi-disciplinary conference, hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand in collaboration with the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council will be held from Monday July 10 - Friday July 14, 2000 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Urban Futures 2000 will focus on all aspects of city life, identifying key issues facing metropolitan structures in the new millennium. In addition to public lectures, panel discussions and round table debates, a whole tapestry of events, exhibitions, tours, theatrical performances, musical events and film screenings will form an integral part of the conference proceedings.

The city of Johannesburg constitutes an African urban space at the intersection of even and uneven development. The inner city attracts immigrants from across sub-Saharan Africa and massive informal settlements are growing on the urban periphery. The social, racial, spatial and administrative patterns of apartheid are being overlaid by urban dynamics characteristic of global economic development.

Situated at the cross-roads of south-south and north-south trajectories, Johannesburg is a focal point of global connections. Its experience speaks to Africa, to the cities of the south, to the urban world and to an urban future not yet known and not knowable or livable through analytical constructs or normative practices of the past.

The University of the Witwatersrand grew out of this young, energetic, culturally and racially diverse economic and industrialised hub of the Southern African region. Located in the Johannesburg inner city, it has been closely linked to the city's development, through scholarship and political and civic activism on a wide range of issues. As major players in city governance, the University and the Metropolitan Council are concerned to secure the city's prosperity. The conference seeks to bring together academics, politicians, decision-makers, practitioners, artists, social activists and all those interested in improving civic existence.

Urban Futures 2000 will take place in three venues: Wits University campus, the Johannesburg City Hall and the Newtown Cultural Precinct. Visual art contributions will be curated and exhibited at the university art galleries as well as at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, which will also be the venue for the opening mayoral dinner of the conference. Dramatic and musical performances will be staged in the Wits Theatre complex, the Johannesburg Civic Theatre and the Market Theatre precinct. Fringe events will take place at a number of venues around the city.

Contributions from all academic disciplines are invited. Urban administrators and policy makers, social activists, cultural groups, artists and performers are encouraged to participate. Contributions could take the form of academic papers, theatrical, musical or media performances, fine art, photographic or architectural exhibitions, etc. Experiences reflecting urban transformations, African cities and metropolitan areas of the developing world will be especially desirable. On the cultural front, we're interested in your submission whether it be a paper on inner city graffiti or a video about the life of a tomato hawker on Jeppe Street.

Although the conference will be unlikely to provide artists with funding for their projects, some exciting performance/exhibition spaces and good publicity will be made available to selected contributors.

Proposals of 150 - 200 words for academic papers on an artistic or cultural theme should be sent before December 15, 1999 by mail, fax or e-mail to:

The Conference Convenor
Lesley Stephenson
PO Box 32720
Private Bag 3
South Africa

Fax: 0027 11 339-7835

Proposals, consisting of a description of 150 - 200 words, for art works or other cultural events should be sent before December 15, 1999 by mail, fax or e-mail to:

Alex Dodd
PO Box 327
South Africa

Fax: 0027 11 403-2308

A dedicated publication of selected conference papers and events will be produced by Wits University Press.

Visit the website for more details

Amnesty International Mail Art Project

The Global Organization of Mail Artists (GOM@) is undertaking a project with Amnesty International. On the occasion of the world-wide campaign against death penalty organized by Amnesty International which will extend until halfway through the year 2000, the Tarragona branch of this organisation has taken the initiative to work jointly with the group GOM@.

Although in 1997 the Human Rights Commission of the UN passed a resolution to encourage countries which have not yet abolished the death penalty to consider doing so, Amnesty International feels it necessary to press the UN to be more forceful in this sense. At the same time, it will be requested to the countries which continue carrying out executions to suspend this practice. In addition, countries who have not yet ratified the treaties will be encouraged to and to abolish the death penalty in their constitutions.

After the exhibition in Tarragona, the works will be sent to Governments, Embassies, mass media and the headquarters of Amnesty International of those places in which the death penalty has not yet been abolished. In this sense, a system will be organized to allow visitors to the show to choose the place where they wish to send a certain work, contributing to its postage. For this reason, only 2 dimensional works of maximum size A4 (29,7cm. x 21cm.) should be submitted. Work in any media will be accepted, there will be no selection and all work received will be exhibited. Documentation will be sent to all participants.

The organisation reserves the right to reproduce the received works with the purpose of disclosing the campaign objectives, always referring to the author's name and not for commercial gain.

Send works, by March 15, 2000 to:
Amnesty International / AUMA
Apartado 256
43080 Tarragona

For more information you can contact Hans Braumüller Or Amnesty International

The FNB Vita 3 Capes Craft Exhibition - Call for Entries

The FNB Vita 3 Capes Regional Craft Exhibition opens at The Good Hope Gallery, The Castle Cape Town on December 8 1999 and closes on January 9th 2000. Following the success of the FNB Vita Craft Now! National exhibition at the same venue last year, the FNB Vita 3 Capes Craft Exhibition is a new addition to the FNB Vita programme.

Focussing on work from the three Capes (Northern, Western, and Eastern Cape), the selectors are looking at encouraging the creation of works of fine craftspersonship and design across all major craft disciplines including work in wood, metal, fibre, glass, recycled materials and more. Crafters may enter up to three works and there is no entry fee. All works must be original and may not have previously been entered into any other competition.

Prizes of R5000, R2500 and R1500 will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively. In addition, several merit awards will be presented.

The closing date for entries is November 5th 1999. All works on exhibition will be for sale.

For entry forms or further details, please contact Sue (021) 447 0489

Creative Camera Millennial Portrait Exhibition

Your Fifteen Minutes Start Now! Creative Camera is organising a millennial portrait exhibition and wants as many people as possible to participate. Someone - maybe you - will get their face on the first cover of 2000. All you have to do is select a portrait or self-portrait that would be suitable for our cover.

All images received by 1 December 1999 are guaranteed to be included in this major project.

Creative Camera is a bi-monthly publication focusing exclusively on photography and digital art. It is a registered charity, funded by the Arts Council of England.

Sunil Gupta

Creative Camera
5 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU, England
Ph: +44 171 729 6993
Fax: +44 171 729 7568




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