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07.10.07 Call for applicants: Young Curators' Development Programme
07.10.07 Call for facilitators for visual arts workshop
07.10.07 Call for young visual artists to participate in Robben Island Museum workshop
07.10.07 Thupelo Art and Craft Workshop invites applications


06.05.07 Young Curators' Workshop at UCT
06.05.07 Free, 5 minute, quality artist web portfolios for SA artists

1.09.06 Art Courses in Plettenberg Bay


10.09.07 Call for submissions for the International Folk Painting Exhibition in China
10.09.07 Gordart invites contributions for annual Christmas miniatures show
10.09.07 The International Digital Art Festival Rosario invites submissions
10.09.07 VANSA Western Cape Coordinator required

01.07.07 Eden to Addo Land Art Project invites interest
01.07.07 Call for applications at the Getty Research Institute

03.06.07 AVA calls for proposals for Ball Sports
03.06.07 Africa e Mediterraneo Award for the best unpublished comic strip by an African author 2007 - 08

01.04.07 Call for Submissions: Africa Biennale 2008

04.02.07 AVA's Artreach fund invites applications
04.02.07 Africa Burns

4.08.06 Call to Artists, Architects and Interior Designers

7.07.06 Africa e Mediterraneo invites you to contribute to a bibliography on contemporary African art

02.09.05 Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture: Call for Papers

5.08.05 Submissions invited for work to be sold in a variety of venues worldwide

3.06.05 Unseen City invites contributions

04.03.05 Enjin Museum of Dead Media calls for contributions

02.08.04 Gallery in Georgia, USA seeks South African artists

01.11.03 AVA invites submissions

15.09.03 Donate your art to aids orphans auction website


05.08.07 Durban Art Gallery seeks gallery assistant

5.05.06 Listings in Contempo magazine

5.08.05 ArtMoves Africa: Mobility of artists and cultural operators within the African continent


Call for applicants: Cape Africa Platform's Young Curators' Development Programme

In the last decade the South African visual arts field has flourished, with artists receiving increased support and attention both locally and internationally. Despite this recognition, the visual arts are still lagging in some areas. There are, for instance, still no formal academic curatorial programmes within the country. This is resulting in a growing skills gap and slowed transformation in the sector as many aspiring curators leave to pursue their training and careers abroad.

In response, the Cape Africa Platform is launching a new Young Curators' Development Programme geared at nurturing local curatorial talent by providing an exciting environment for both critical and practical engagement.

The programme, which commences in 2008, targets four to six aspiring or emerging curators residing in South Africa. The successful applicants will undergo an all-expenses covered, focused 18-month course aimed at developing their skills in the thoughtful presentation and criticism of contemporary cultural production. They will also gain extensive practical experience in all aspects of curating and mounting exhibitions.

Seminars in art history, critical theory and discourse, presented by curators, critics and other arts professionals will run alongside independent research, exhibition and writing projects for the duration of the programme.

Participants will also complete internships overseas and on the continent, with identified partner arts institutions or established independent curators. They will have opportunities to work with experienced curators, scholars and critics in the preparation of mini-exhibitions and publications, here and abroad.

Ultimately, the process will be intense and collaborative, with participants benefiting and learning from each other's experiences to form a dynamic new network that will be instrumental in shaping the CAPE 09 exhibition and will contribute to other existing cultural structures within the country and beyond.

The Programme commences on January 15, 2008 and runs for a period of 18 months, culminating in the CAPE 09 exhibition (May-June 2009). Applicants are requested to be available throughout this period.

The closing date for applications is November 9, 2007.

Successful applicants will be notified in December 2007.

An updated and detailed CV
A letter expressing why you should be considered for this programme
Not more than 500 words on your outlook for contemporary African artistic production
Proof of South African residency and/or citizenship
Details of three contactable referees (with their letters of reference)

Please Note: any supporting documentation should be marked as such.

Applications can be emailed to Gabi Ngcobo (Head of Research) at or addressed to:
Young Curators' Development Programme
Cape Africa Platform
PO Box 15806
Vlaeberg 8018

For more info:
Tel: 082 743 2306

Call for facilitators for visual arts workshop

The Robben Island Museum is starting the bilateral visual arts project 'ABAZOBI' with a Norwegian partner organisation, focusing on the following art forms: painting, drawing, print work and sculpture. The project is targeted specifically at young, upcoming artists from the disadvantaged communities in and around Cape Town.

They are seeking two experienced South African artists to facilitate a five day selection workshop and participate in the short-listing and selection of candidates.

October 22, 2007: Short-listing of applications: 10 young artists will be selected, based on portfolios and letters of motivation. The facilitators will take part in the short-listing together with representatives from the Robben Island Museum and VANSA.

November 5 to 9, 2007: Facilitation of selection workshop: the workshop is an opportunity for 10 participants to workshop their individual projects. The facilitators will provide guidance and know-how about the South African art scene and art as a business in its own right.

November 10, 2007: Final adjudication: based on the selection workshop, two artists will be selected to travel to Norway. The facilitators will take part in the final adjudication together with representatives from the Robben Island Museum and VANSA.

Several years of experience in the art field in South Africa
Experience in conducting art workshops
Insight into the dynamics of art as a business and how to sustain yourself professionally as an artist
Proven experience in writing project proposals

ZAR 12 000 gross per person

If you are interested, please get in touch with Pernille Stallemo before October 15, 2007:
Tel: 078 389 3010

Call for young visual artists to participate in Robben Island Museum workshop

Robben Island Museum is hosting a 5 day workshop for young, up-and-coming artists from disadvantaged communities at Guga S'Thebe.

Applicants are invited to submit:
- A one page motivational letter, outlining your own project ideas for the next year
- CV
- Portfolio with photographs of at least 10 artworks (painting, sculpture, drawing, print work)

Application deadline: October 18, 2007

Submit to:
Exhibitions Unit Manager
Lekgetho James Makola
Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island
PO Box 51806
V & A Waterfront

Tel: 083 647 9773

Thupelo Art and Craft Workshop invites applications

Thupelo Cape Town would like to invite you to apply for the next international workshop to be held in Cape Town from Saturday December 1, 2007 with an open day exhibition of work in progress on Saturday December 15.

Thupelo workshops are artists-led and are initiated in response to a need for interaction between artists. This workshop will include 15 artists and 15 crafters; all with experience in their various practices and able to experiment, exchange ideas and expand their practices.

'Tthe concentration of so much energy and commitment into a short period of time encourages risk-taking and experimentation that might not happen in the artist's own studio. At the same time the process of exchange that lies at the heart of the [Thupelo] workshops based on the Triangle model often has a long-term influence on the practice and sometimes the lives of the participants. The strong emphasis on process rather than product engendered by the workshops means that the work made and exhibited at the workshop open days is often not finished work.' - Robert Loder

We invite established visual artists and crafters who would like to extend their skills, exchange ideas and techniques to apply to work in this dynamic, stimulating two week workshop where discussion and interaction between artists and crafters will be encouraged and debated. Applications in all media will be accepted and arrangements for equipment and materials can be discussed if the application is successful. Crafters will be encouraged to bring their own machines and tools. Evening presentations and discussions will be organised and include presentations by all participants. We would like to know more about each artist/crafter and what work is made in their country of origin. Outside visitors may be invited to attend these sessions. The two week workshop will close with an open day exhibition which will be widely publicised and will celebrate the exchange, interaction and friendships that will be made during this intense experience.

There will be a one-day educational component to the workshop when the local community will be invited to interact with the participants sharing their own skills and learning from the work that develops in the workshop.

Travel costs to and from Cape Town and specialist art/craft materials need to be covered by the artists. Thupelo will cover all other expenses. Anyone who is in a position to obtain funding for their participation as well as travel to and from Cape Town, please state this clearly on your application.

Deadline for applications October 17

To apply send your application to:

Email: or

Or alternatively post it to:

The Thupelo Cape Town selection committee
PO Box 250
Cape Town

For further information contact the office:

Tel: (027) 021 447 9699
Fax: (027) 088 021 447 9699


Young Curators' Workshop at UCT

The Centre for African Studies at UCT has launched a set of workshops aimed at providing Cape Town's burgeoning curators, creatives and artists with the knowledge and skills they need to curate their own exhibitions.

The workshops are open to all and are to be led by some of the country's top curatorial minds. Regular workshop participants will also get the opportunity to curate a short show at the Centre for African Studies later in the year, getting practical experience of the difficulties in funding, organising and curating an exhibition.

As well as presenting a series of exhibitions, the workshops aim to encourage interaction between fresh minds from around the city, from a variety of disciplines, forging links that will provide participants with the connections they need to launch exciting exhibitions in the future.

The workshops were launched on May 5 and will continue on Saturdays, from 10am until 1pm, at the Centre for African Studies Gallery. The workshops will be run by various gurus of curation including innovatory sound artist James Webb and art theorist, artist and legendary curator Andrew Lamprecht.

For more information contact: Linda Stupart
Tel: 084 753 4940

Free, 5 minute, quality artist web portfolios for SA artists /yourname

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Offer ends May 31

Art Courses in Plettenberg Bay

We offer a unique team-building opportunity for groups who are not necessarily outdoorsy, adventurous or particularly active, yet together would learn a new and exciting skill that would last them a lifetime. The deep relaxation achieved through drawing and painting in a tranquil country setting, would greatly benefit a stressed-out group of city dwellers.

So many people wish that they could draw and paint but consider themselves to be lacking in talent. The truth is, anyone can learn the skill. David Thorpe holds art-course-holiday breaks in the heart of the majestic 'Crags' near Plettenberg Bay on the tranquil, historical farm called Redford House. In these surroundings one is offered the rare pleasure of learning to draw and paint in a naturalist's paradise with an abundance of flora and fauna from with which to draw inspiration.

'There's nothing artistic about being able to draw. It's just a logical process', says David Thorpe. We offer a variety of choices for groups to participate in from 3 and 5 day courses to accompanied tours to game farms and mountain resorts. Courses can be tailor made to meet requirements and can be held at venues closer to the groups' home city. Prices vary accordingly and will be quoted on request.

Example of a Course:
During the three day beginners' course, David will teach participants to draw in the first two days. He is renowned for his drawings, paintings, illustrations and tutoring skills and is able to help a student attain their personal goals, whatever those may be. He teaches a technique which all artists use and can easily be learned in just a few days. Having learned to draw, the course moves onto basic watercolour painting on the final day, with demonstrations and simple painting exercises with personal assistance throughout the course.

There is time in the afternoons for vists to the nearby sights of Monkeyland, Birds of Eden (two amazing experiences within a living forest), wine tasting on a nearby wine farm, Elephant sanctuary etc., all withing a few kilometers of where the courses take place.

Depending on the group's budget, accommodation is at a variety of properties from B&B type establishments to Kurland Park, a polo estate offering 5 star accommodation. Restaurants are abundant in the area, and picnics are arranged each day for the participants. The course can accommodate up to 12 people and prices vary according to the needs of the group.

Basic costs: R700.00 per person per day. This includes participation in the 3 day drawing and painting course and lunch each day.

For more info contact Eve Wilson (Marketing and Sales):
Tel: (044) 535 9771 or 083 292 3359
Fax: 086 510 2728


Call for submissions for the International Folk Painting Exhibition in China

In October when the golden autumn comes, the Xiuzhou District of the Jiaxing City will have a new session of the biennial Chinese Folk Painting Art Festival. The Xiuzhou District of the city of Jiaxing is a beautiful water town on the south of the Yangtze River, located between Shanghai and Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province in the southeast of China. For more than 20 years, local artists in the rural area of the Xiuzhou District have created many painting works representing the rural landscapes and customs, absorbing the artistic nutrients in local folk fine arts. In 1988 the Xiuzhou District was named by the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China as the 'Town of Modern Chinese Folk Painting'. Since 2001, the District has successfully hosted two sessions of the Chinese Folk Painting Art Festival and played a prominent role in promoting the development of Chinese Folk Painting Art.

In order to promote the artistic communications between the folk painting schools from various countries in the world, contribute to the development of the international folk painting and enhance the understanding and friendship of the folk painters in the world, the organising committee of this Art Festival decides to add a section of 'International Folk Painting Exhibition' to the 3rd Chinese Folk Painting Art Festival to be held in October. The theme of the Exhibition is 'Harmonious World and Colorful Life'.

As one of the sponsors of the International Folk Painting Exhibition of the 3rd China Folk Painting Art Festival, the China International Exhibition Agency will take the full responsibility for the solicitation of contributions worldwide for the 2007 China Xiuzhou International Folk Painting Exhibition and sincerely hope that the folk painting artists, professionals and art enthusiasts of various countries will take part actively.

For more information:

Tel: 0086 10 64039716
Fax: 0086 10 64033945

Gordart invites contributions for annual Christmas miniatures show

gordart Gallery will host its annual Christmas miniatures/ small works show in December this year which will coincide with a show of dots by Paul Cooper intervened with by selected artists. We hereby invite submissions for this show that will be selected from digital images.

There is no theme and definitely not a Christmas theme. Each work selected will be charged R100.00 towards the exhibition costs. The idea is to have some fun, bring a litle cheer and hopefully sell up a whole range of cheaper smallish works.

Submission deadline: November 3

For more info, tel: (011) 726 8519.

The International Digital Art Festival Rosario invites submissions

The International Digital Art Festival Rosario/Argentina takes place on November 15, 16, 17 2007. Rosario, the 2nd largest city of Argentina is said to be the secret capital in concern of digital art and e-music.

The festival invites artists to submit digital works in the following categories for inclusion on the festival programme:

Netart, video, photography, modified games, interactive CDs, installation and performance, e-music

Deadline:October 7

The detailed call, the entry rules and submission form can be found at

VANSA Western Cape Coordinator required

Regional Coordinator required for the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA). Organisational Management, Marketing and Fundraising experience required. Please forward your CV and include references to by October 8, 2007.

For further details contact Robert Robson on 083 529 9181

Eden to Addo Land Art Project invites interest

There is a unique conservation initiative happening in the Garden Route area, which is working to create landscape linkages through conservation corridors between the three Mega-Reserves of the area, namely: the Knysna forests, Baviaanskloof and the Addo Elephant National Park itself.

One of our projects for this year is to create a Land Art route through the corridor with eight selected sites for the installations. To achieve this we aim to have a Land Art Workshop that people can attend in October which will hopefully result in a number of installations.

For more information:

Call for applications at the Getty Research Institute

The Getty Research Institute offers fellowships for established scholars, postdoctoral scholars and predoctoral candidates, as well as writers and artists.

The Getty Research Institute welcomes applications from researchers in the arts, humanities, and social sciences who wish to be in residence at the Institute in 2008 - 2009 and whose projects explore cross-cultural exchange and the visual arts. Scholars who apply for this period will research topics centered around the 'Networks and Boundaries' research theme. The study of the visual arts can and does cross cultural, civilizational, ethnic, religious, and geographic boundaries. Cultural exchange takes place through kaleidoscopic networks that are themselves dynamic and transformative. These exchanges are integral to the construction of boundaries, contributing to definitions of self and other. The contact zones within which they occur are marked by appropriations, hybridisations and syncretisms, all of which remap cultural boundaries.

The study of the visual arts has its own networks and boundaries, including interdisciplinarity and divisions between national, area and world histories. How freely have artists, art objects, and artistic concepts and practices moved across socio-political and cultural boundaries? And with what results? How closely do artistic crossings and their analyses map onto larger networks of power and economics? How do we negotiate the different demands of local cultural contexts with larger regional and/or global concerns? Scholars in residence will find that the special collections of the Getty Research Library are especially rich in primary materials that bear upon this topic, ranging from 19th-century photographs by European travellers in Asia to the collection of the Association Connaissance de l'histoire de l'Afrique contemporaine (exploring the influence of French colonialism in Africa); from the papers of international architect Bernard Rudofsky to documentation of such global activities as Fluxus and mail art.

Applications must be received by November 1

Applications and more information can be found at:

For more information, email:

AVA calls for proposals for Ball Sports

In the run up to the 2010 World Cup, all eyes focus on sport. Art and sport are commonly perceived as polar opposites, drawing different audiences, engaging with different notions of culture. 'Ball Sports' invites artists to engage sport as a starting block for the interrogation of serious and not so serious social dynamics.

This will take the form of an exhibition curated by gallery Director Kirsty Cockerill at the AVA and will employ all four gallery spaces.

1. This will be a selected exhibition. The artworks for exhibition will be selected by the Director of the AVA from the proposals received via email or on disc in the format of Word documents and the images as jpg's. The Director's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

2. The work may be in any medium as long as it is an original artwork.

3. You do not need to be a member of AVA to submit work, but if your work is selected for exhibition, you will need to pay AVA subs for 2007, if you have not already paid. Subs are R75 per person or R30 for students or pensioners.

4. All works must be for sale.

5. All proposals must be accompanied by relevant details, i.e. name of artist; title of work; medium; date and selling price which must include AVA's commission of one third of the selling price; CV, and images of the proposed work.

6. All entries must be ready to be exhibited/hung. If the display of a work is complicated, the artist will be required to set up his/her own piece.

7. Closing date for submissions is October 15, 2007. The selected works must be delivered to the AVA by 1pm, November 8.

8. The exhibition runs from 6pm, Tuesday November 13 to Friday November 23 after which the exhibited works must be collected before 5 pm.

9. All artwork is exhibited/left in the gallery at the artist's own risk as AVA's insurance policy does not cover theft, burglary or accidental damage.

Email submissions:
Postal submissions: PO Box 15218, Vlaeberg 8018

Supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund

Africa e Mediterraneo Award for the best unpublished comic strip by an African author 2007 - 08

Africa e Mediterraneo association is launching the fourth edition of the Africa e Mediterraneo Award for the best unpublished comic strip by an African author 2007 - 08. The competition is open to African artists living in or outside Africa wishing to tell their own stories, to draw life conditions in Africa, to denounce the lack of human rights, to describe conditions of migration or to free their mind and creativity.

The award is composed of three sections:
- Creative cartoon - free subject
- Cartoon on human rights
- Stories of migration

The cartoons can be in black and white or colour, but they must be unpublished: the maximum length is 4 pages, and the maximum format 35cm x 50cm. The technique is open. Stories written in African languages or in Arabic must have a translation in English, French or Portuguese.

The original artworks, along with an application form (which can be download from and a brief CV, must be sent by post to Africa e Mediterraneo assocation.

The winner, one for each section, will receive 600 Euros and the possibility to publish a personal album. In addiction, the best 40 works will be published in the Africa Comics anthology, and included in an exhibition that will be presented in Italy and in Europe.

Submission deadline: December 15, 2007

For more information:

Africa e Mediterraneo
Via Gamberi 4, 40037 - Sasso Marconi, Bologna - Italy
Tel: +39 051 840166
Fax: +39 051 6790117
Email: or

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

Africa Burns

The Burning Man project has grown from a small spontaneous gathering with a burning effigy on a beach 21 years ago, to a community of over 40 000 people who congregate once a year to construct a temporary city and experimental community in the Nevada desert. The impact of the Burning Man experience has been so profound that an entire culture has formed around it, the basic tenets of which are:

Community, participation, radical self-expression and self-reliance.

'The giving of yourself is the greatest gift you can give to the Burning Man community, and is imperative to the survival of this unique experiment.' Burning Man regionals are now held across the world - North America, Australia, Europe, Germany, Asia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and now South Africa. A regional representative (or three) will be appointed shortly.

An art and music festival heavily inspired by the legendary Burning Man, brought to SA by Paul Jorgensen with the blessing of Burning Man;
- a 100% participant sponsored, participant created event.
- a three day multi-disciplinary event staged on private property (visual arts, music, performance, interactive theme camps);
- attracting international participants with an emphasis on forming artistic collaborations that are displayed and/or performed;
- involving radical self expression and an experiment in temporary community building;
- exploring concepts related to ART outside gallery and museum institutions
- expanding and bridging the concepts of Art Biennales and Burning Man
- encouraging a culture of environmental mindfulness

Prior to Africa Burns there will be 3 weeks of workshops held in Cape Town which will serve to build large scale art that will grace the festival. Should you wish to participate or have space, tools and materials to contribute please contact us.

For more information on how you can participate, contact: or or

Call to Artists, Architects and Interior Designers

Through the course of 2005 The Trinity Session sourced and commissioned 1500 artworks for the Raphael Penthouse Suites and Michelangelo Towers in Sandton, with a view to giving the rooms in the hotel pool an original and authentic South African edge. Working closely with the interior designers, developers and the artists, The Trinity Session was able to mediate the needs of all parties and deliver a product that has been well received by owners and visitors alike. A defining factor of this project was that the commissioning process which engaged some 70 artists, in turn creating significant social awareness and local support. The project also included placing art in the corridors and public spaces in the hotels and the adjacent mall. Legacy Property Holdings received a BASA Award for this initiative in May this year.

The impact on the lives of the artists involved with this project was substantial and the lessons from this process have demonstrated the significant impact that original works of art have on shifting the perception of space and functionality in terms of design, leisure, status and brand awareness.

The Trinity Session aims to further engage such collaborations.

For more information please contact:
Artists can send examples of their works (low-resolution) and contact details to:

Africa e Mediterraneo invites you to contribute to a bibliography on contemporary African art

The next issue of Africa e Mediterraneo will be focused on contemporary African art, related through testimonies regarding expositions and publications which have used and interpreted the concept of 'African contemporanean art'. Therefore, contemporary African art is not considered as a style, as a specific group of artists or as the production coming from one or more locations, but as the history of a 'label' which sometimes has made easier, sometimes conditioned in its own way the perception of African production and of certain artists' groups.

Iolanda Pensa is currently working on the bibliography which will be published on the magazine: this bibliography includes expositions, publications and reviews which directly or indirectly have enriched the concept of contemporary African art (therefore we will exclude from the bibliography artists' monographs, studies focused on a single country and works regarding exclusively Afro-American artists, unless where the intention of inscribing those works in the field of contemporary African art is clearly specified).

In order to have a flexible tool, we have decide to work directly on Wikipedia (, allowing third parties to change, enrich and rectify the information, and allowing the bibliography currently updated.

Wikipedia is a very interesting tool but still less used, in particular by people working in the field of humanistic studies. As Wikipedia is a free encyclopaedia, it certainly needs any possible contribution, specially when those contributions come directly from experts.

If you wish to join the project, you can register yourself and insert your modifications directly on Wikipedia. Iolanda Pensa set up the bibliography and is currently editing it
skype: iopensa
Tel. 335 655 3633

The version of the bibliography updated till the July 10 will be published in Africa e Mediterraneo #55.

Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture: Call for Papers

'Is African Art History?'

Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture is a new peer-reviewed publication for studies in the history of classical, modern, and contemporary African arts, slated to begin publication in Spring 2006. We invite submissions for the inaugural issue titled, 'Is African Art History?' Essays addressing the problem of history in continental African art practice are welcome, especially those that engage directly with ideas of modernity and that propose or critique a clearly articulated methodology.

Critical Interventions will publish scholarly Art Historical essays about objects and critical discourses in African arts and visual cultures. Comparative work rooted in developments in Africa that links African art to the Diasporas, to Europe, Asia or to the Americas will be considered. We are seeking essays that illuminate the place of art in specific historical processes and evaluate the theories and methods produced through the study of African art history.

Critical Interventions will provide a forum for established and younger scholars whose writing is based on extensive research into the problems of modernism and modernity in African art and comparable areas of research. Submissions may focus on any area of modern and contemporary art and visual or material culture, including popular art, neotraditional forms, studio art, film, photography, architecture, and new media. Essays that review the history, appraise the present situation, or propose the future course of modern African art studies will be viewed favourably.

Submissions must be original and previously unpublished work submitted both in hard copy and also in electronic form saved in Microsoft Word. Articles should be between 6500 and 8500 words and may include black and white and colour images scanned to disk at 300dpi. All copyright resolution issues are the responsibility of the author and copyright permissions must be included at the time of submission. Send articles to:

John Peffer, Editor
Critical Interventions
C/o HAVC, Porter Faculty Services
University of California
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Inquiries may be sent to and

Submissions invited for work to be sold in a variety of venues worldwide

ArtAnts markets and sells giclée prints of artworks internationally. We need thousands of artworks.

We have a unique new marketing strategy for the prints that includes displaying catalogues of art in coffee shops, curio shops, framing shops and other venues worldwide. We keep these venues interested in displaying the art by paying them a commission of 10%. We have special technology for determining which orders result from which catalogues displayed in which venue.

Since we print each catalogue individually, we can display different artworks in each catalogue in each venue, which means that we can represent a large variety of art from many artists.

The giclée printing process allows us to make prints one at a time without storing an inventory of prints. It also allows us and the artist to break even on the first sale and to start making a profit from the second onwards. This means that it is financially viable for us to give the opportunity to all artists to sell prints of their work - even if just one or two prints will ever be sold.

For more information, visit or email

Unseen City invites contributions

The youth of Cape Town and Amsterdam, two cities that are both torn and connected by history, convene in this project and show a new urban reality through the use of the arts. Artists are invited to submit relevant work on the website.

Want to see your work on the world wide web? Want to share your urban experience? Interested in connection? Join artists, designers and photographers from Cape Town and Amsterdam in this unique web-based project.


Enjin Museum of Dead Media

Enjin in collaboration with The Trinity Session is embarking on the development of a Museum for Dead Media. The purpose is to call the public's attention to the significance of collecting or preserving one's redundant or dated technology, reflections on ways in which these tools are still applied in creative processes and of course to reflect on the advancements in new technologies and media. Key to this project are questions around what shape and form a museum of dead media could take. Is it a building, a collective networked data system, a discussion forum or a series of presentations and features in future issues of the magazine and dvd supplement. The first steps towards this project manifest in the Hobbs/Neustetter installation at Design Indaba and the call for interest and ideas on creative uses of dead media, and concepts for the 'museum'.

Who is involved?

Enjin is South Africa's leading resource for creative professionals, brings you comprehensive coverage of the art of design, 3D, animation, video, effects, web and interactive design. Enjin addresses the needs of those within the digital media market by providing relevant and forward-thinking content. Now in its sixth year, Enjin Creative Magazine consistently delivers the content that people want to read.

The meeting of Stephen Hobbs and Marcus Neustetter as an artist collaborative fuses their interests in urban social change and virtual culture. Over the years their artistic practices have resulted from experimentation with the juxtaposition of high and low tech, dead and new media interventions. These experiments manifest in public space, galleries and museums and in the arena of their artist lab: the Trinity Session. Taking into consideration the exclusivity of the museum and gallery context, current projects focus on social research and mobile platforms enabling their artistic expression.

Directed by Hobbs and Neustetter, The Trinity Session is a contemporary art production team that investigates the strategies and relationships between art and business, collaborative practice, network development and creative contextual response. As Hobbs' personal artistic interest is the urban environment and Neustetter's the digital and virtual, the thematic focus of The Trinity Session revolves around these subject areas. Heavily informed and influenced by context, The Trinity Session defines its approaches from a position within Johannesburg, South Africa, thusdetermining its attitude tolocal and global debates, networks and partnerships for survival and sustainability of the visual arts industries. By acting as correspondents and consultants, and approaching the work process from a network and 'accommodation and exchange of information' angle, the purpose of the working dynamic is to produce in a cross-platform multidisciplinary way with artists, institutions and corporate brands and services. Interests lie in interdisciplinary working methods, conceptualising and interacting with like-minded partners.

Enjin is building a museum and we need your help. Create a visual piece in any format or material. Submit your personal or professional interpretation of dead media to Enjin magazine for inclusion in the Enjin Museum of Dead Media. Works will be selected to feature in future editions of Enjin magazine, and for pride of place in the Museum. There are no entry restrictions - all visual comments on the theme of dead media are accepted and encouraged.

For more info, download the emodm brief and submission form from www.enjin Send your museum piece concepts and proposals to . Call (011) 339 2785 or 381 7711 for further information.

Gallery in Georgia, USA seeks South African artists

Fine Art Gallery in Roswell, Georgia (USA) seeks talented artists from South Africa. The gallery is located in an affluent part of the city, surrounded by other galleries, bookstores and fine restaurants.

Please submit work and resumé to:

Laramee Fine Art
984 Canton St.
Roswell, Georgia (USA) 30075

Email submissions should be sent to:

AVA invites submissions

The Association For Visual Arts (AVA) in Cape Town invites submissions from visual artists who wish to exhibit at AVA from 2004 onwards. The Selection Committee of the AVA meets every two months to review submissions and the next meeting takes place on Wednesday, November 19. Selection meetings take place every second month thereafter.

Interested artists should bring to the gallery six to eight works (these can be supplemented by visual material such as slides and photographs), a CV and a short letter of intent or an artist's statement. The committee is most interested in reviewing the work that the artists wish to exhibit or else their most recent works. Artists can collect their works the day after the meeting.

In addition, any curators wishing to curate exhibitions for AVA should submit proposals to AVA's Selection Committee.

AVA is committed to the ongoing promotion of art and artists, both emerging and established, both formally trained and self- taught. For more information, contact Estelle Jacobs.

Association for Visual Arts
35 Church Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 424 7436
Fax: (021) 423 2637

Donate your art to AIDS orphans auction website

Last year the Art for AIDS Orphans auction raised over a million rands for AIDS orphans. Organizer Nicci Bailey is currently setting up a permanent charity website gallery,, and are requesting that all artists who would like to donate a piece for this worthy cause to log onto our site.

Contact: Nicci Bailey


Durban Art Gallery seeks gallery assistant

A contemporary art gallery in Durban is looking for a gallery assistant, is interested in all aspects of running a gallery. Send a cover letter and your CV to:

Listings in Contempo magazine

New arts, culture and design magazine Contempo is offering an opportunity for artists and galleries to advertise their exhibitions and listings free of charge.

Send your information about the exhibitions taking place at your gallery over the period of May - mid July. The format should be as follows:

Name of Gallery:
Telephone Number:
E-mail address:
Web address:
Date of exhibition:

You may include a short blurb about each exhibition as long as the number of words does not exceed 450 in total. Please email your information to The deadline for these entries is the Monday, May 8.

ArtMoves Africa: Mobility of artists and cultural operators within the African continent

ArtMoves Africa (AMA) is an independent non-profit association aiming to facilitate cultural and artistic exchanges within the African continent. AMA offers travel funds to artists, arts professionals and cultural operators living and working in Africa to travel within and between the five African regions in order to engage in the exchange of information, the enhancement of skills, the development of informal networks and the pursuit of co-operation.

AMA is a project initiated by the Young Arab Theatre Fund (YATF) together with a group of African and Arab organisations to facilitate and encourage the mobility of artists and cultural operators within the African continent. In 2001, YATF participated in meetings in Egypt, Kenya and Zimbabwe, together with different organisations and cultural activists from Africa and the Arab world. The meetings aimed at linking organisations and individuals, and creating informal continent-wide networks. The participants agreed that one of the major obstacles for artists and cultural professionals in Africa was the persistent lack of funds specifically allocated to support travel.

* Facilitate cultural exchanges in Africa for individual artists and cultural operators, and cultural organizations
* Encourage artists and cultural operators to exchange experiences, information and ideas towards shared projects and artistic collaborations
* Give artists and cultural operators the opportunity to gain a better knowledge of the context and the cultural environment in the different regions
* Encourage independent initiatives and small projects by giving artists and cultural operators the opportunity to meet with their counterparts and partners
* Give artists and cultural operators the opportunity to attend festivals in order to see each other's work to enrich their own creativity
* Give artists and cultural operators the opportunity to enhance their artistic or technical skills in participating in highly professional artistic and arts management workshops, seminars and residencies for artists
* Encourage the mobility of artists and cultural professionals as well as the mobility of information
Legal Status:
For the first year, AMA will be functioning as one of the programmes of the YATF, but with an independent selection committee and coordinator. By the end of 2005 ArtMoves Africa shall be registered as an independent international association in Africa.

For more information, contact Khadija El Bennaoui:

Tel/ fax: +32 2 2031295

Young Arab Theatre Fund a.i.s.b.l.
19 Square Sainctelette, 1000 Brussels, Belgium