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Roger Ballen Photography Award

The Roger Ballen Foundation was established in 2007 as a platform to promote education around contemporary photography, in particular black and white photography. Its programme is dedicated to the development and advancement of photography in South Africa.

Floor manager position at Framed Master Gilders & Framers, Cape Town

Framed Master Gilders & Framers is Looking to hire a floor manager for their framing workshop.


89plus is calling for submissions from African artists, writers, architects, filmmakers, musicians, designers, scientists and technologists born in or after 1989, to be included in future 89plus projects.

Call for bursary applications – 2016 academic year

The National Arts Council invites post graduate students and registered education and training institutions that are involved in studies or provide tuition in the fields of theatre, dance, crafts, literature, music and visual arts to submit applications for bursary funding.

CONNECTED: call for youth participants, a digital assistant & a stage manager

Calls for Participation for CONNECTED, an upcoming theatre-making and digital arts collaboration with Told By An Idiot Theatre Company in London. This project is part of the SA-UK Seasons Joint Projects Programme and will take place in October at the National School of the Arts Theatre.

Rabbit Island Residency 2016 – Call for Applications

Artists from any discipline are invited to apply for a summer residency on Rabbit Island. Residents immerse themselves in this unique, remote wilderness, challenging their creative practice and responding to notions of conservation, ecology, sustainability, and resilience.

Applications for BASA Education Programme now open

Applications are now open for the second, year-long Business and Arts South Africa Education Programme, supported by RMB.


What is the role of the image, today, in documenting or communicating social experience and political change? In considering this question for the 10th edition of the biennale the curators will construct and present a dynamic public archive or image repository attesting to how Malians, Africans, and the broader global citizenry have used images to document forms of social or political changes in their lives, as well as images that offer alternative representations of everyday life experiences. In the end, what do we want to visually retain about recent histories, from an individual or collective perspective?

‘White Curtains’/ group exhibition

As part of the VANSA initiated To-Let Project, White Curtains features a selection of multi-disciplinary artists who live, work and think in Sea Point. Together they create a free space that ignites contemplation and critical conversation.

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