Archive: Issue No. 139, April 2009

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12.04.09 Studio 3666 presents 'Bingefest 09: The Big Hole'
12.04.09 Studio Visit at the AVA
12.04.09 Ars Anthology

08.03.09 Studio space available in Cape Town
08.03.09 Pigeon Square invites proposals
08.03.09 Philip L. Ravenhill Fellowship


08.03.09 The Kumasi Symposium invites applications

18.01.09 Adobe Issues Call for Entries for 2009 Adobe Design Achievement Awards
18.01.09 Start - The Nivea Art Award

02.11.08 AVA calls for proposals from emerging curators

07.09.08 Greatmore Studios Visiting Artists Programme 2009 calls for applications
07.09.08 Urban Contemporary Art calls for portfolio submissions

09.08.08 'Walk of Art' Festival 2009 invites participants

02.12.07 Specs journal invites submissions

01.04.07 Call for Submissions: Africa Biennale 2008

04.02.07 AVA's Artreach fund invites applications


07.12.08 Internship offered at Warren Editions in Cape Town

2.11.08 AVA Clearance Notice


Studio 3666 presents 'Bingefest 09: The Big Hole'

Studio 3666 will be hosting a fringe event coinciding with the first week of the Cape 09 Biennale at the Kimberley Hotel, corner Roeland and Buitenkant Streets in the East City of Cape Town. Intending to showcase new and innovative production, the show will aim to melt into the fabric of this historic landmark and subtly transform it into a space celebrating our local creativity.

This festival will coincide with the opening of the Cape 09 Biennale, which runs from May 2 to June 21 2009. Visual, sound and performance artists are invited to submit ideas and proposals for work which if successful will be included in a 10-day festival. The theme will be 'The Big Hole'.

While the Kimberley Hotel does not have formal exhibition space, it is an interesting venue to work with and the exhibition will endeavour to challenge the conventions of the 'white cube' mode of display, developing original, site-specific modes of display and engagement. Artists can hire rooms in the hotel for the exhibition of work, as well as engage with existing spaces both inside and outside the hotel, and even consider the public areas outside the building. The Book Lounge opposite the hotel will also partner in this venture, and could be utilised as an alternative space. Please note that the Bingefest has no specific funding allocated to subsidise artistic projects, and is being run on the basis of volunteerism and the desire to 'get things out there'. Nobody associated with the event is being paid, and those selected to be part of this should budget accordingly. The organisers will establish a blog, do press, and coordinate artwork sales.

Proposals must be submitted by email to
The closing date for submissions is 15 April 2009.

Studio Visit at the AVA

Curated by Bianca Baldi and Kirsty Cockerill.
With 'Conversation', an ongoing project by Bianca Baldi

The AVA in partnership with Spier will be holding an exhibition in all four of its gallery spaces for three weeks between May 25 and June 12 2009.

The curators will be visiting as many artists' studios as time allows, on April 16, 17 April and 20 April 2009.

All artists who wish to partcipate in a studio visit with the curators should send through their name, studio address and contact details to

Artists who wish to participate must be prepared to drop off works that may be selected at the AVA on the 22nd of May for the exhibition.

'Conversation' is the title of an ongoing project by Bianca Baldi which will be launched concurrently with this exhibition. 'Conversation' is a collaboration which uses the medium of the conversation to prompt an open-ended dialogue between two artists, Bianca Baldi and the artist being visited. This process aims to gain insight into the person and their artistic practice or process. These conversations will be documented using text, video, sound and photography.

Ars Anthology

Open call for Museums, Exhibition Centers and Art Galleries to submit information about exhibitions of Technology-based art held during 2008, to be included in the publication ARS ANTHOLOGY, the almanac 2008.

The Content Curator of this project is Macu Moran, VideoArtWorld Founder.

Studio space available in Cape Town

A large studio space is available at the Bijou, 178 Lower Main Rd., Observatory, Cape Town for immediate occupation.

The space is approximately 140 metres squared with high ceilings and is ideal for large scale work. There are skylights. The studio is available for short-term residencies - 3 months at a time - although longer occupation can be negotiated.

R3500 per month, electricity not included.

Tel: Liza 083 256 1170 or Pierre 072 507 5951

Pigeon Square invites proposals

The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) in association with the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg invite proposals for a public art commission for Pigeon Square. Located at the intersection of Main Road and Main Reef Road in Ferrairasdorp, Johannesburg, it is a busy downtown precinct of the city which is close to various government offices, courts, Police headquarters, Chinatown and shopping areas. Currently the site is home to numerous pigeons that are fed and maintained by the local community. At night the area is deserted by pigeons as well as the populace that use it as a thoroughfare during the day. The pigeons are part of the local landscape they are to be taken into account when conceptualising the proposal.

With Brendan Copestake as the Project Manager, this triangular paved area is to be developed into the Western Gateway to the City of Johannesburg, such as Clive van den Berg's Eland marks the Northern Gateway in Braamfontein. The permanent large scale artwork would need to have an immediate visual impact as it will mostly be seen from vehicles that enter the city through Main and Main Reef Road (both being one way roads). The site is indirectly used by pedestrians and is also used to drop off and pick up commuters by local taxis. The site should not be seen as a pause area for pedestrians, but more for vehicular traffic.

Artworks in any media will be considered bearing in mind that the site is outdoors and exposed within an urban environment, therefore robust and easily maintained works would garner preference. Safety requirements of the city will also have to be taken into account. With Wits, Wits School of Art and UJ FADA playing a significant role in the project, an education process will run parallel to the project. All proposals and project documentation will add value in lecture series and for this reason they are to be made available for use.

The proposal must be in the form of a Public Art Sculpture/Art Work/Monument. Historical, social and physical elements of the site should be taken into account as well as the surrounding building texture. It should be seen as a city marker/locator.

The proposal's aim is to create a sculpture aimed at vehicular traffic. Proposals are to take cognisance of existing electrical and security systems on site and the pigeons are to be taken into account. The sculpture must be built to have a 20 year life span with a workmanship guarantee of 5 years. Robust vandal-resistant materials are to be used in its construction, and should be easily available. The sculpture must be simple to maintain. The sculpture must not be offensive in nature.

The existing paving is in good condition but may be upgraded to new concrete paving at the artist's request, to be funded by the JDA.

- First proposal deadline: March 27
- Judges select and nominate the 5 finalists on April 3
- Final proposal deadline: May 1
- Winning proposal is appointed on May 8
- Installation to be complete by September 30
- Sculpture to be unveiled in October

The final sculpture completion date may be shifted to a later date in order to accommodate a complex installation or an artistís timeline. Only valid reasons will be accepted.

The project budget is R400 000 including VAT. The budget amount includes all expenses for professional fees, foundation costs, road closures, installation and the fabrication of the proposal. All funds will be distributed to the relevant suppliers and sub-contractors through Wits. An additional budget may be provided for by the JDA if there is value found in the request. Such a request will have to be significant.

For mpre information, contact Brendan Copestake:

Tel: (011) 482 4345 or 084 455 0255

Philip L. Ravenhill Fellowship

As the founder of the West African Museums Programme (1982-87) and Chief Curator of the National Museum of African Art (1987-97), Philip L. Ravenhill was a major creative force in the study, collection, preservation, and exhibition of African art. The Philip L. Ravenhill Fellowship is awarded to an art historian, cultural anthropologist, museum curator, or visual artist of African heritage. The Fellowship is intended to give deserving individuals the opportunity to travel, conduct research, or practice their art in North American or European museums or educational institutions. Preference is given to young or mid-career scholars or artists who have not recently had the opportunity to travel internationally. Applicants must secure the agreement of a potential host institution in advance of their application to be considered for the Ravenhill Fellowship. Such affiliation could also provide the recipient with matching funds.

Support may be requested for periods of one to three months, and applications will be funded up to US $7 500 (less applicable taxes). Successful applicants will have demonstrated accomplishment in research related to or practice of contemporary or traditional African arts.

All applicants must be citizens of an African country, although not necessarily current residents of Africa. The following materials must be included in support of the application:

1. Resumé or curriculum vitae
2. An official letter written by the department head or administrator of the proposed host institution (museum, art school, college, or university) confirming approval of the applicant's proposed residency at that institution
3. A description of no more than 1000 words clearly explaining the project to be undertaken and the expected outcomes (e.g. monograph, chapter, article, exhibition, catalogue)
4. Three letters of reference from professional employers, mentors, or colleagues
5. Projected dates of travel and length of residency
6. The name, phone number, and email address of a contact person at the proposed host institution
7. A detailed budget including travel expenses, living expenses, and supplies
8. For visual artists, ten to 20 digital images saved to a CD or 35mm slides of recent work (jpgs sent via email are not acceptable)

Applications should be sent to:

Betsy Escandor
UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History
Box 951549
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1549

All applications are due by May 15, 2009. Email applications are not acceptable.


The Kumasi Symposium invites applications

The Kumasi Symposium: Tapping Local Resources for Sustainable Education through Art invites proposals for Plenary Sessions, Demonstrations, Workshops, Exhibitions and Context-specific Performances for the event taking place from July 31 - August 14.

The 2009 Kumasi event uses arts-based social practice to bringing together specialists from diverse parts of the world in a trans-national platform for interchange of cultural and knowledge capital in evidence-based society to strengthen visual arts practice and promote cultural entrepreneurship in Ghana.

A call is, thus, made for contributions addressing one or more of the symposium sub-themes: Art Education Practice, Studio Practice, Curatorial/Museum/Community Arts Practice, Art History/Criticism, Arts Administration/Management/Marketing Practice, and Open Session.

Specifically, the symposium entails plenary sessions and support activities such as demonstrations/workshops, exhibitions, and site-specific tours of local national resources. Expression of interest and proposals for Plenary Sessions and Exhibitions/Practical Workshops will be reviews until January 17, 2009. Applications for individual presentation and participation will be reviewed until the space is filled. We expect about 200 participants from around the world. The working language of the conference will be English. All abstracts and brief biographies should be submitted to:


For more info:

Department of General Art Studies, College of Arts and Social Sciences
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana

July 31-August 14, 2009

Adobe Issues Call for Entries for 2009 Adobe Design Achievement Awards

Open to students in 40 countries, Adobe's Design Achievement Awards contest rewards achievement in this area, and also draws attention to interactive design and development programmes at some of the best accredited higher education institutions. Students are invited to submit projects through the Adobe Design Achievement Awards website. From the website, visitors will also be able to access ADAA Live!, an interactive website that lets visitors see participants submitting projects in real-time.

The 2009 Adobe Design Achievement Awards entries will be reviewed and scored by an independent panel of distinguished judges. These include: Leimei Julia Chui (Japan), director of global communications for the International Design Centre NAGOYA (IdcN); Louis Gagnon (Canada), co-founder of Paprika Communications; Cristina Chiappini (Italy), founder of her own Rome-based consultancy; Garth Walker (South Africa), founder of Orange Juice Design, a creative firm serving many of South Africa's best known corporate and consumer brands; Tarek Atrissi (The Netherlands), a principal of his own design studio and teacher in the department of Art, Media and Technology at the Utrecht School of the Arts in Holland; Kyle Kim (Korea), a professor at the School of Design, Hongik University and co-founder of design firm UM & Partners; and Lance Wyman (US) principal of his own New York environmental graphic design office.

Submissions will be accepted online through June 5, 2009.

The online submissions will be judged digitally in June. For the final phase of judging, semifinalists will be asked to submit their source files and a physical aspect of their entry as it is meant to be viewed. Finalists will be invited to Beijing, China and the Icograda World Design Congress and awarded software and cash prizes.

For more information visit

Start - The Nivea Art Award

This exciting competition provides the opportunity for one talented artist to win R20 000, a sponsored studio and materials for six months and a solo exhibition at KZNSA Gallery. In addition, the second and third prizewinners will take home R10 000 and R5 000 respectively. At an awards ceremony to be held on July 14, the three winners will be announced and the cash prizes presented.

To qualify, artists must be over 18 and should be at the early stage of their art career, having not yet won any previous prestigious art awards. For the first time, the competition is now open to all visual art media except video. To enter, artists should submit an entry form together with a portfolio comprising no less than three A5 size photographs of their best existing works, as well as a short curriculum vitae of their art career.

From entries that come in from throughout KwaZulu-Natal, 60 artists will be shortlisted and will be required to submit one of their best works to KZNSA Gallery. A distinguished panel of judges will select 25 finalists from these 60. The finalists will each receive R1 500 from Beiersdorf to create a unique, commissioned work, within a three-month time frame. The artists are required to incorporate this year's theme, 'Beauty Is...' into their competition piece. All works will be unique interpretations of this theme and will be exhibited for sale at the final exhibition which runs from July 14 - August 08, 2009 at KZNSA Gallery.

Entry forms are available at most KwaZulu-Natal art galleries, or call: (031) 573 2154, email:

AVA calls for proposals from emerging curators

The AVA Gallery is offering its venue and expertise to benefit an emerging curator in 2009. The slot allocated for the exhibition falls within the Cape Africa platform period. Proposals for the curated exhibition should reach the AVA no later than the end of January 2009. A limited budget will be made available for the selected proposal.

Curatorial Proposal Guidelines
1. Introduction to your proposed exhibition
2. Outline of your curatorial concept/idea/thematic/framework/aim of your show
3. Curatorial process that you will be following
4. List of participating artists
5. Proposed budget for the curated exhibition from start to conclusion. If you do not have funds, please state how you intend to raise some

Please include:
CVs of participating artists
CV/s of the curator/s
Images of the artists' works, preferably of the works that they wish to show at AVA, or if these are not yet created, works in the same genre/media/style that are going to be exhibited. If you and the artists live in Cape Town the committee wants to see original works where/if possible.

Greatmore Studios Visiting Artists Programme 2009 calls for applications

Our studios situated in Woodstock are committed to the development of the arts, and are calling for applications from artists from across South Africa, the continent and abroad for places available in our Visiting Artist Residency Programme between January and March 2009.

The programme will provide an opportunity for successful artists to spend three months in Cape Town, South Africa, developing new work, and working towards a collaborative exhibition at the end of their stay.

Interested candidates are asked to send a curriculum vitae, appropriate identification, images of recent artwork, a personal statement and relevant references to: or

For more information visit

Urban Contemporary Art calls for portfolio submissions

Urban Contemporary Art, a new art gallery opening in Observatory, Cape Town, invites portfolio submissions from artists working in Cape Town.

Urban Contemporary Art will feature salon style exhibitions of works by young South African artists, creating a new outlet for fresh talent and a further boost to the emerging art market.

Please deliver a portfolio of works on CD to:

Urban Contemporary Art
46 Lower Main Road, Observatory, 7925

Or send an email with a full career history, including a maximum of five images, no bigger than 250KB each to: with the subject line 'Portfolio Submission'

'Walk of Art' Festival 2009 invites participants

The Walk of Art Festival brings the artists to the art lovers and other members of the greater Cape Town area. Exhibitors and visitors together celebrate the creative spirit of the city. We are looking for artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, new media) and related industries to participate in what is likely to be the largest open air art event in Cape Town.

On February 28 and March 1, a wide range of artists will showcase their work. Visitors will be enlisted through an extensive media campaign and viral marketing campaign to ensure established art lovers attend as well as introducing newcomers to the pleasure of art. We aim to attract 5 000 people to the festival over two days.

Although this event falls outside of the Oranjekloof CID official boundaries, we have already enjoyed input, advice and support from them. We welcome more of this kind of interaction from enterprises that share the vision of this festival.VEO Gallery is one of our stakeholders and we have enjoyed very constructive input from them. Hopefully this synergy can take us far into the future.

Sponsorship opportunities exist for a brand to align with Walk of Art and receive reciprocal value through the marketing of their services and products and receiving exposure from the extensive media campaign.

Every R10 entrance fee that is collected at the gate will be donated directly to a not for profit organisation. The Park itself is in great need of support from the community to compliment the work that is done by Friends of De Waal Park.

For more information, contact:

Amanda Moore 082 925 5701,; Martin Pienaar 082 373 3446 or (021) 424 3373,; Glynis Coetzee

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:

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


Internship offered at Warren Editions in Cape Town

Warren Editions as a professional printmaking studio invites printmakers and/or students wanting to learn more about intaglio and/or monotype processes to participate in an internship.

To assist the printers at Warren Editions with the plate production, the editioning of prints and the maintenance of the studio facilities and equipment

Skill requirement
- Basic skills in intaglio processes
- Capable of handling fine art prints

Internship application
- Current CV
- List of print process skills
- Letter of intent with internship dates (start and finish)
- One letter of reference from a respected person in the community, preferably someone involved at an educational organisation

Internship guidelines
- The internship is for a minimum of 16 hours a week and will require at least a two month commitment
- The internship is unpaid, but, the intern will receive limited studio access outside the internship hours


AVA Clearance Notice

The Association for Visual arts Gallery requests the collection of all works, including works on paper that have been left indefinitely at the gallery. Any works not collected by December 23, 2008 will be auctioned to defray costs.