Past Projects

VANSA's key projects since 2010:

Parking Gallery

The Parking Gallery is a malleable artist-run project initiated to create an alternative platform for contemporary art in Johannesburg. It is a shared space for discussions and exhibitions. From 2014, the Parking Gallery will function as an ad hoc space and will be taking on occasional, significant projects.

In 2012 and 2013, the Parking Gallery was hosted by VANSA, structured around a weekly event held every Wednesday evening at the VANSA premises. These were made up of presentations, performances and discussions by various practitioners involved in relevant projects and research. The first incarnation of the Parking Gallery was founded by Simon Gush as a temporary and informal exhibition space. Gush curated a series of solo shows for a group of young artists over a period of 6 months in 2006.

 

Two Thousand and Ten Reasons to Live in a Small Town

Two Thousand and Ten Reasons to Live in a Small Town was a public art project conceptualised and facilitated by VANSA and funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF). 

The selected projects involved 17 contemporary artists who developed experimental public artworks in small towns and rural environments across South Africa, selected through a call for proposals process. Projects were realised between October 2010 and March 2011, and were documented in a publication, and an exhibition staged at the Goethe on Main space in May 2011.

Projects were documented as they unfolded through a dedicated blog at http://vansa2010reasons.blogspot.com/

 

ArtMap

VANSA Gauteng was commissioned by the Mondriaan Foundation to develop a map for the contemporary arts in South Africa as a basis for facilitating collaboration and exchange between South African and Dutch artists, galleries and organisations. Visit the new on-line portal www.artmap.co.za 

 

ArtRight

VANSA Gauteng has partnered with the WITS School of Arts and Brendan Copestake in the development of an on-line platform focusing on legal, financial and general business knowledge for people working in the visual arts industry. Go to our ArtRight page to find out more. A series of briefing sessions are being convened around the country to secure the participation of industry professionals in the development of the project, with the support of the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO).
In the pipeline: ArtRight workshops, helpdesk and publications

 

ArtKnowledge

VANSA Gauteng is undertaking scoping studies in four areas that we think are important for the development of our industry. These include research into the feasibility of introducing artist resale rights legislation in South Africa and a more effective copyright collection for South African artists, as well as potential incentives and schemes for the provision of low cost studio space and the promotion of South African art internationally. See our Research page for more information.

 

ArtIndaba
The National/Gauteng office is planning a series of industry networking events and discussion forums during the course of 2011 together with our Western Cape and KZN offices, provisionally titled “A New Agenda for the Visual Arts” – aimed at getting industry people in the same room as government, and facilitating constructive conversation about burning issues, industry needs and opportunities for better communication and greater collaboration between government and the sector. Follow our News updates for more information.
 
 
AFRICALIA Internship Programme
We are in now in the final year of a three-year internship programme which involves placing young and upcoming arts administrators in eleven arts organisations and projects across the country for a six month internship each year. We look forward to welcoming a new group of interns into the network during the course of the coming year. Look out for calls for applications in the Employment section of our Opportunities page.
 

ARTCONNECT

VANSA Gauteng is pleased to announce a new project in Johannesburg, called ARTCONNECT. The project will explore the imaginative reuse and animation of non-arts spaces outside of the established contemporary art circuits in Gauteng, and will represent a unique opportunity for the five young artists to develop their practice with curatorial and technical support from our network.
ARTCONNECT aims to create opportunities for young and upcoming artists to research, develop and realise experimental projects in fit-for-purpose spaces, with careful consideration given to context and audience in the realisation of projects. The selected projects will be developed around spaces and places that generate their own audiences in different ways, and involve a process of research and development.
 

VANSA projects at COP17

VANSA (Visual Arts Network of SA), the Cape Craft and Design Institute and Business and Arts SA (BASA) have worked with the national Department of Arts and Culture around the development and realisation of a creative programme for COP17, complementing and synergising with existing initiatives, and in close cooperation with the Department of Environmental Affairs. VANSA worked on the visual and public art aspects of the programme, and together with a diversity of partners and its network, have managed to pull together a range of compelling projects. The programme has sought to use the opportunity of COP17 to develop projects which bring the DAC's Mzansi Golden Economy Strategy to bear on the global challenge to address climate change. Visit the COP17 Page to find out more.

2012-11-29
VANSA Book Launch and Book Drive : 2010 Reasons to Live in a Small Town

On the 5th of December, VANSA will once again be taking over the Parking Gallery for the last session of 2012. We will be launching our new book about the Two Thousand and Ten Reasons to Live in a Small Town project, in combination with a book donation drive for our growing resource centre. Curator and writer, Bettina Malcomess will be speaking about the project and the publication.

2012-08-15
PLAY/URBAN - A Residency on Creative Practice and Research

time based media / audience / people as infrastructure / research / site-specific / interventions / performance / body politics / staging / collaboration / play / chance / randomness / collaboration / networks / collective actionboration / play / chance / randomness / collaboration / networks / collective action

2012-08-15
URBAN/Flux film festival

The URBAN/Flux film festival is an experiment in imagining urban space as the locus of all things possible. It seeks to elaborate alternative, ethically driven ways of living and thinking, doing and perceiving (in) the city, to unexpected creative ends. Through a focus on radically innovative experimental film and art video, it aims to create a bridge between cities worldwide, linking places real and imagined, physical and virtual. The goal is to deploy citiness in and from Africa to dream urban futures planet-wide. 40 filmmakers from across the world come together in this richly speculative endeavour.

2012-08-14
A MAZE. Interact 2012

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GOETHE-INSTITUT. Johannesburg is about to be taken over by the most unique art festival in history.

2011-12-14
VANSA projects at COP17

VANSA (Visual Arts Network of SA), the Cape Craft and Design Institute and Business and Arts SA (BASA) have worked with the national Department of Arts and Culture around the development and realisation of a creative programme for COP17, complementing and synergising with existing initiatives, and in close cooperation with the Department of Environmental Affairs. VANSA worked on the visual and public art aspects of the programme, and together with a diversity of partners and its network, have managed to pull together a range of compelling projects.

2011-11-30
Yeoville Studio Exhibition

Yeoville Studio, a community-oriented research initiative, is opening a public and interactive exhibition of its most recent work that will be an overview on its involvement in the neighborhood over a period of two years.

2011-10-14
ArtConnect-Crystallise Holdings

Launched by VANSA in September 2011, ARTCONNECT aims to explore the imaginative reuse and animation of non-arts spaces outside of the established contemporary art circuits in Gauteng, representing a unique opportunity for young artists to develop their practice with curatorial and technical support from the VANSA network.

2011-09-15
Urban Games: This is Not a Program

VANSA Gauteng is working with the WITS School of Arts and the University of Strasbourg (France) on a project to be realised during the latter part of 2012 - URBAN GAMES.

2011-07-11
VANSA Panel Discussion: Two Thousand and Ten Ways to Do Public Art

Please join us for an evening of stimulating discussion and debate about the present and future of public arts practice in South Africa.

2011-04-28
Two Thousand and Ten Reasons to Live in a Small Town: Exhibition at GoetheOnMain

The exhibition Two Thousand and Ten Reasons to Live in a Small Town scheduled from 12th of May to 12th of June 2011 at the project space GoetheOnMain. Co-curated by the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) and Doung Anwar Jahangeer

2010-11-01
VANSA Project Update: Two Thousand and Ten Reasons to Live in a Small Town

In May 2010, VANSA put out a call for proposals for the project Two Thousand and Ten Reasons to Live in a Small Town, with a deadline for submissions in August. A series of project briefing and proposal writing workshops were held across the during the course of June and July.

2010-11-01
7 CHOSEN PROJECTS: 2010 REASONS TO LIVE IN A SMALL TOWN

In May 2010, VANSA put out a call for proposals for the project Two Thousand and Ten Reasons to Live in a Small Town, with a deadline for submissions in August. A series of project briefing and proposal writing workshops were held across the during the course of June and July.

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