The Migrant Artist’s Handbook

A guide to living and working in Cape Town & Johannesburg in Cape Town last month.

The handbook undertakes to provide both Migrant and South African start-up artists with resources, references and tools to approach various arts disciplines with self-fulfilling and self-sustaining imperatives.

It includes two sections, the first covering five disciplines, Music, Film, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Literature. Each discipline is introduced by an overview of the South African context, followed by personalized “how to” contributions from specialists in the respective fields.

Contributors include musicians Neo Muyanga and Concord Nkabinde, producer Rhoda Isaacs, filmmakers Aryan Kaganof and Dylan Valley, performing artists Mamela Nyamza, Mwenya Kabwe and Quanita Adams, visual artists Kemang Wa Lehulere, Mimi Cherono Ng'ok and Maurice Hermes Mbikayi, writer Phillippa Yaa de Villiers and publisher Colleen Higgs.

For each discipline an extensive list of resources is provided, of professional associations, educational, training or funding institutions, recording studios (for music), galleries and art shops (for visual art) and bookshops (for literature).

The second section of the book is resource focused, covering Communications, from how to use the internet as marketing tool, to where to access English language courses; Business, from opening a bank account to processing orders, deliveries and payments; and including substantial chapters on Personal Documentation and Legal assistance.

The handbook was researched by migrant artist and project manager, Patricia Matongo, and conceptualised by a team of African diaspora artists including Jedaja Ikoli, Ronald Muchatuta, Marcelino Manhula, Richard Mudariki, Musa Banda, Cosmas Mairosi and Mwila Mambwe. It was edited by Liepollo Rantekoa with content directed by Rucera Seethal.

Acknowledgement is given to contributors Joyce Tlou of the South African Human Rights Commission, Braam Hanekom and David Burgsdorff of Passop, Hilton Johnson, Marco Zumpt and the City of Joburg Migrant Help Desk.

The Institute invites and welcomes all suggestions, comments, corrections and additions to be sent to by 15 June 2012, in preparation for a first revision of the e-handbook by 30 June 2012.

The Migrant Artist’s Handbook

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