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.

A large number of exceptional proposals were received, and we would like to thank all who engaged with the project concept. A total of seven projects were finally chosen by the curatorial team VANSA convened for the project, comprised of Nontobeko Ntombela, Rat Western, Rike Sitas, Dorothee Kreutzfeldt and Joseph Gaylard. VANSA has also made available smaller project development commissions against four proposals that were felt to show substantial potential.

In October 2010, we convened a weekend workshop involving all of the commissioned artists and the curatorial team, aimed at sharing ideas, building a ‘community of practice’ and putting in place practical plans for the realisation of projects. Kindly hosted by the Nirox Foundation, the weekend was a great success, opening up lots of new possibilities and ideas for all involved.

For ongoing updates, insights and images related to the project posted by the artists and curators, visit:

And see below link to the blog posts of the commissioned artists and projects:

  • Living within History- Dundee, Kwazulu Natal
Vaughn Sadie and Neil Coppen

  • Made in Musina – Musina, Limpopo

Thenjiwe Nkosi and Ra Hlasane 

  • Dlala Indima - Phakamisa, Eastern Cape
Kwanele Mboso, Zingisa Nkosinkulu and Buntu Fihla
  • noli procrastinare (meaning: “don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today”) or Kooperasie Stories - Laingsburg, Western Cape
Kathryn Smith
  • Workshop and Bronze Sculptures - Richmond, Northern Cape
Guy du Toit
  • The Domino Effect - Hermon, Western Cape
Tracey Derrick and Chris Murphy

  • Sutherland: Dark and Silent – Sutherland, Northern Cape

Bronwyn Lace and Marcus Neustetter

Please visit to find out more about the brief for the project. 

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