VANSA Board notice

As indicated in September’s AGM, VANSA has been growing its board. The VANSA board shapes the organisation’s work and helps the VANSA team to steer in the right direction. We are very pleased to introduce the new VANSA board to all our members. Part of building the new board has been possible through the generous support of BASA.

1. Bandile Gumbi

Bandile Gumbi is a Johannesburg based writer, poet, project manager within the arts sector and doctoral student in African Studies focusing on art periodicals published in Africa post liberation struggles. She has been working in the arts for over 12 years.

2. Carmen Dell (through the BASA Board Bank)

Carmen Dell is a registered Chartered Accountant who has worked in New York and Sydney. She is currently based in Johannesburg as the team leader for Consolidated Accounting for FirstRand Ltd. She is the co-founder of Brand-ed a non-profit organisation aimed at inspiring and connecting women in Johannesburg and is a mentor for the BASA mentorship programme. She is passionate about South Africa and its future. Carmen comes to the board of VANSA through the generous support of BASA's Boardbank programme which matches business professionals encompassing the business skills and experience required by that organisation to create well functioning boards.

3. Churchill Madikida

Madikida obtained his BA (Fine Arts) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 2001; he participated in a cultural exchange program between the University of the Witwatersrand from South Africa and Umea Academy from Sweden. He then registered for Masters with the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2002 Madikida was selected to participate in two international projects: an Art Residency Programme in Norway and an internship in Museum Curatorship at the Musee de Arts de Afrique de Oceanie in Paris, France. In 2007 he was one of the few artists selected to represent the African continent in Dokumenta 12 in Germany.
Madikida is currently a practicing artist with several group and solo exhibitions and awards. He is also contracted to the Nelson Mandela Museum as a consultant to Manage the Nelson Mandela Museum Arts Incubator Program, and a lecturer at the Walter Sisulu University teaching Art Theory and Printmaking.

4. Clive Kellner

Clive Kellner is Executive Director of the Joburg Contemporary Art Foundation and curator-atlarge of the gordonschachatcollection. He was previously the director of the Johannesburg Art Gallery. He lectures part-time in Curatorial Strategies and Practices at the School of Visual Arts, University of Pretoria. He recently curated, Kendell Geers 1989-2012 at the Haus der Kunst in Munich (2013) the Thami Mnyele & Medu Art Ensemble Retrospective (2008) Yinka Shonibare (2001).

5. Jenny Stretton

Jenny Stretton is a graduate of Technikon Natal and UNISA. In her long career at the Durban Art Gallery she has held the posts of Curator: Exhibitions, Acting Director and is currently the Curator: Collections. Since holding this position she has curated a number of exhibitions promoting the DAG collections and local artists including ‘Samsara’ an exhibition celebrating 150 years of Indian presence in SA; ‘Art of the Ball’ a portrait installation from the DAG collection installed during the 2010 Soccer World Cup; ‘All Fired Up: conversations between kiln and collection’ a chapter of which travelled to La Piscine in Roubaix during the French/SA Seasons; ‘Restless Spirit’ the work of local artist, Thamsanqa Rutherford Jali and more recently an exhibition titled ‘I did have a dream’ exploring 20 years of democracy through the DAG collections. The more recent of these have included publications to accompany the exhibitions. She has previously served on the boards of African Art Centre and Art for Humanity and currently sits on the Board of Natal Arts Trust.

6. Jonathan Garnham

Jonathan Garnham is the director of the gallery blank projects in Cape Town.
He left South Africa in the late eighties and studied fine art at the University of the Arts in Berlin and the Royal College of Art in London, completing his MFA in Berlin in 1996.
After living and working as an artist and curator in Berlin for ten years, he returned to South Africa in 2002 and founded blank projects in 2005.
He was the Head of the Department of Art and Design at the College of Cape Town from 2005 - 2006 and in 2007 was the Project Coordinator for the CAPE 07 Biennale.
He was elected chairman of VANSA in 2007 and continues to serve in this capacity.

7. Michelle Joubert (through the BASA Board Bank)

Michelle Joubert is Head of Investor Relations at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and a classically trained cellist. Joubert has a BA Hons, and undergraduate degree from Stellenbosch University as well as MBA jointly from University Of Chicago, Graduate School Of Business USA and the University Of Cape Town, Graduate School Of Business. Since 2007, Joubert has been involved at the JSE under various auspices, and has previsouly held positions in various financial journals including South Africa’s Financial Mail and the UK’s Financial Times, based in London. Michelle Joubert serves as a mentor for Business Arts South Africa. Michelle comes to the board of VANSA through the generous support of BASA's Boardbank programme which matches business professionals encompassing the business skills and experience required by that organisation to create well functioning boards.

8. Portia Malatjie

Portia Malatjie is a curator, an art historian and researcher. She is currently head curator at Brundyn+ gallery in Cape Town. Malatjie obtained her Masters degree in History of Art at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2011 – she completed her Fine Arts degree at the same institution in 2008. She was appointed curator for the 2012 MTN New Contemporaries Award and has been involved in various exhibitions including commute with intuitive instinct; it began with a walk; SPace: Currencies in Contemporary African Art; and Visual Intimacy, an exhibition of works by Zanele Muholi and Nandipha Mntambo. Her academic career has included numerous presentations and publications, as well as a lectureship at Rhodes University.

9. Themba Shibase

Themba Shibase is a contemporary artist who interrogates current political and social issues within a pan-African context, concentrating primarily on painting and mixed media. Shibase lives and works in Durban. Apart from his work as an artist Shibase also teaches painting and art theory at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). Themba Shibase was nominated as one of the finalists for the MTN New Contemporaries Award 2008 as well as the Spier Contemporary 2007. Shibase has a Masters in Fine Art from Durban University of Technology as well as a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from the same.

10. Zen Marie

Sydenham Primary/Fordsburg Primary/Martin Luther King Junior
School/Johannesburg Secondary school/ National School of the Arts
Michaelis School of Art/Stichting 63: de ateliers /University of
Amsterdam/Vega school of Brand communications/WITS School of Arts


Through the generous support of BASA's Boardbank programme which matches business professionals encompassing the business skills and experience required by that organisation to create well functioning boards.



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