Our Johannesburg office has a small but dedicated staff that drives the national and Gauteng City-Region strategy of the organisation, extending into the surrounding provinces. Find out more about them here.
Strategy | Research
Joseph Gaylard is a researcher, writer and project manager. During the course of the past ten years he has led or provided technical assistance to a range ofindustry research and policy/strategy development projects across the creative industries, and has been an occasional lecturer at the WITS School of Arts. His creative work has involved extended engagement with the intersection of people and place, with particular focus on experimental public art practice in the inner city of Johannesburg as part of the artists collective the Joubert Park Project. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Keleketla Media Arts Project in the inner city of Johannesburg and Emthonjeni Arts, a new international artists residency project based in Hamburg in the Eastern Cape. He has a BA (Fine Arts) and BA History of Art (Honours) degree from the University of Cape Town.
Administration | Finance
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Kebone was born in 1985 in Sebokeng, and studied fine arts at the University of Johannesburg. Ramasimong's work in mixed media scultpure explores the use of found objects in speaking about universal issues such as domesticity, women in power and the representation of women in society. She has taken part in numerous workshops and projects across South Africa. Kebone has a show on VUT FM which broadcasts Thursday evening from 9pm - 10pm where she tackles the problem of alcoholism in Sedibeng, an issue which, as she frequently notes, has some resonance for her colleagues at VANSA too. She lives in Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg.
Lester Adams is an artist, curator and project manager who studied at Wits and currently lives and works in Johannesburg. Previous engagements include curation and project management particularly in photography practice and various involvements in independent contemporary art platforms.
Communications | Website
Apart from working at VANSA, Audrey Anderson is a practicing visual artist specialising in illustration and drawing. She has exhibited her works in many group exhibition, collaborations and has had four project-based solo exhibitions at galleries in Johannesburg and Cape Town. She completed her a BA dregree in fine arts at the University of Pretoria. Since then she has worked in galleries, curated shows, developed visual arts projects and lectured occasionally at the University of Pretoria. In the past 2 years she has been working on VANSA's on line communications projects including the VANSA national website, Art Map, Gauteng membership and national newsletters.
Marketing | Membership
Euridice Getulio Kala was born in Maputo – Mozambique, she finished high school and moved to South Africa a year after. She completed the Advanced Photography course at Market Photo workshop in 2012, and has been part of group shows. She is currently an active participant in the contemporary art scene in Johannesburg, assisting different curators and practitioners on a variety of projects.
Sandy Elizabeth Lesley Little
VANSA FS, NW & NC Coordinator
Sandy Studied fine arts and Philosophy at the University of the Free State, specializing in new media and Drawing. Sandy Lectures part time at MGI Campus in Bloemfontein giving Drawing to second and third years. She spends most of her time trying not to write biographies that reference her dog Barnabee-fowl , drop hints of her blues band Wolfgang Marrow or write in the third person. Sandy is part of the FRACTAL committee (Oliwenhuis) and spends a lot of time making promotional t-shirts for events. She is the new regional network coordinator for VANSA, her regions are: the Free State, North West and the Northern Cape.
VANSA KZN Coordinator
Sheryl Msomi is an artist, art administrator and student who lives and works in Durban. She has a degree in Fine Arts. She has worked as a buyer in retail and tutored at the Durban University of Technology. She has also assisted at an art curating company, interned at the local history museums and has facilitated children's art classes over the years. As an artist she explores the identity of the contemporary woman and the relationship between the individual and social conditioning. She has exhibited in a number of group shows.
VANSA EC Coordinator
Thando Mama is a South African-based artist, working and living in Eastern Cape. In 1999 He completed a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the Natal Technikon (Durban University of Technology). Thando Mama has exhibited widely in South Africa, Senegal, Mali, Europe (Spain; France; United Kingdom, Belgium; Holland; Switzerland; Austria), Middle East (Israel), United States, Australia and New Zealand. A winner of the Prix de la Communaute Francaise de Belgique at the Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain DAK’ART in 2004 and the MTN New Contemporaries awards in 2003.
Thando Mama tackles a variety of subjects including Black masculinity and the marginality of African subjects. For the most part he uses his own body as a subject
in his videos while referencing popular media, popular culture such as hip-hop, racial stereotypes as well as film. He is not only interested in video as a means of communication but is also fascinated by its formal qualities as well. He is currently developing a body of paper based work and drawings. In 2011, relocated to the Eastern Cape to develop a heritage initiative of the history of AmaGqunukhwebe.
Limpopo & Mpumalanga Coordinator
James Mabela is the Manager at the Limpopo Arts and Culture Association (Laca) in Limpopo Province. He is part of a group of people who established Laca in 2001, and has served prior to been appointed the Manager, served the association in different capacities including as treasure and chairperson respectively
James holds a diploma in Development Leadership and Management from the University of Limpopo and is currently studying BA, Degree with University of South Africa, specializing in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. James also holds certificates in Project Management, Assessments and Moderation. In 2012, James took part in Train The Trainer Programme, organized by the African Art Institute, in partnership with Arterial Network and UNESCO, on Cultural Leadership.
He has worked for the Graduate School of Leadership (University of Limpopo) from January 2004-December 2004, also worked at African Pathways Youth Development Organization from 1997-2002. James lives in Polokwane City, Limpopo Province.