As indicated in the September 2014 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.


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. Bandile currently holds the position of Chairperson of the VANSA Board. 

Songezile 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.

Denisha Jairam


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 held this position until 2016.

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 previously 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.

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.

Tanisha Bhana

Tanisha Bhana is a senior attorney in the global markets segment in the financial services industry and a visual artist. She has held solo exhibitions in South Africa and Germany, and participated in curated exhibitions in South Africa, France, Germany, Netherlands, Namibia, China and Romania. Her photographic imagery is taken from naturally challenging environments such as nuclear wastelands, landfill sites and natural and urban ecosystems susceptible to change. Bhana has held discussions on the topics of Rebirth, Transformation and Decomposition for strategic sessions and has displayed artwork for collaborative projects on War, Women and the Human Spirit, at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (Canada), General Consul of France (Istanbul, Turkey), Graduate Institute, Geneva and the University of Oxford, Centre for International Studies.

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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