VANSA open call: internships for visual arts organisations

The Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) calls for visual arts organisations in South Africa to submit a proposal for the 2017/18 Internship Programme.

The programme is aimed at enabling an arts organisation, institution or business to host an intern for a period of twelve months during the course of 2017/18 – i.e. one internship per year. The purpose of the programme is:

  • to develop new talent in the fields of arts administration, curating and/or project management
  • enhance the programming, reach and impact of host organisations.

The focus of the internships may be in the following areas, amongst others:

  • arts administration
  • curatorial practice
  • marketing and communications
  • project management

During the course of the internship, the intern should be exposed to a variety of organisational functions and processes, and should by the end of the period of the internship be able to complete a small project (e.g. the planning and organisation of an exhibition, event, workshop or the like) with minimal external supervision. By the end of the internship the intern should also be in a position to:

  • be employed on a part-time, full-time or contract basis by the host organisation OR
  • be employed or contracted by a similar organisation or business OR
  • be in a position to pursue freelance work as an administrator, curator or project manager in the visual arts or an adjacent field

The opportunity is open to the following types of organisation:

  • development organisations in the visual arts
  • municipal and university-based art museums
  • contemporary art galleries
  • contemporary art media/publishing
  • any other business or organisation involved in the promotion of contemporary art practice in South Africa
  • in the case of entities that work across multiple art forms, the focus of the internship should be on the visual arts/contemporary art

Applicant organisations should be paid-up members of VANSA – if you are not already an organisational member, go to to find out how to become one.

The internships are expected to start in January 2018, with one internship assigned per calendar year. Only candidates who have completed an equivalent degree or diploma are eligible for the programme.

Each organisation is to receive R4000 per month subsidy towards a salary for the intern (to a total of R48 000), as well as a once off administration fee of R2700. Organisations are encouraged to supplement this amount to as reasonable a salary as can be afforded.

The precise duration of the internship and the time commitment and remuneration for the intern is subject to discussion between the host organisation and VANSA. The majority of this finance is transferred to the host organisation prior to the commencement of the internship. Participating organisations and interns are required to submit two short reports in a simple format during the course of the internship.

Successful applications will be selected on the basis of a proposal that best provides a framework for development, upskilling and networking of the intern. Organisations should consult the VANSA Internship Toolkit in order to develop a comprehensive internship plan.

Applications for participation in the programme should briefly outline the following:

  • the process for recruiting and selecting the intern on the part of the host organisation (it is mandatory that an open call be included in the process)
  • An internship plan, including a learning plan, mentorship process, the duration, time commitment and proposed remuneration for the intern
  • the areas in which the intern would acquire competence, and how this process would be actively facilitated/supported by the host organisation. The level of support and investment in the intern will count in favour of the application.
  • the ways in which the intern’s work would enhance/add value to the work of the organisation and its distinctive contribution to supporting, stimulating and promoting contemporary visual arts practice.

The motivation for inclusion in the programme should be captured in not more than 2 x A4 pages, excluding any supplementary information about the organisation or business.

Criteria for the award of internships will include:

- the coherent address of the above requirements
- the extent to which the host organisation is involved in promoting new directions and possibilities for contemporary art practice in South Africa, including but not limited to one or more of the following:

  • supporting the professional development of visual artists
  • creating opportunities for artists to produce new work
  • creating opportunities for artists to access new markets
  • exploring new contexts for and approaches to the presentation of contemporary visual arts
  • the development of new audiences for contemporary visual arts practice
  • the organisation’s commitment to creating opportunities for people from historically and presently marginalised groups, whether on the basis of race, gender or class

- applications from organisations operating outside of the main urban centres are particularly welcome

Submissions and queries can be directed via email to Katlego Taunyane at or by telephone on 010 206 9012. The closing date for submissions is the 25th of August 2017.

Organisations should consult the VANSA Internship Toolkit in order to develop a comprehensive internship plan.


The programme is enabled through support from The Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) and The National Lotteries Commission (NLC).


The Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) is one of 21 SETAs established under the Skills Development Act (No 97 of 1998) in 2001.

CATHSSETA was formally known as the Tourism and Hospitality Education and Training Authority (THETA) until 1 April 2012, when we became the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority. The organisation’s mandate is to facilitate skills development within our sub-sectors through the disbursement of grants for learning programmes and monitoring of education and training as outlined in the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS).

About National Lotteries Commission

The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) was established in terms of the Lotteries Amendment Act (No 32 of 2013) to regulate the National Lottery as well as other lotteries, including society lotteries to raise funds and promotional competitions.

The NLC evolved out of the National Lotteries Board, established in terms of the Lotteries Act No 57 of 1997.Other responsibilities of the Commission include advising the Minister of Trade and Industry on policy matters relating to the National Lottery and other lotteries. NLC members are also trustees of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), into which National Lottery proceeds that are intended for allocation to good causes are deposited.



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