Art Voice

One of the key motivations behind the establishment of VANSA was for the organisation to act as a voice for the sector, consulting with people working in the visual arts on the big issues that affect them, and lobbying government and the corporate sector on how they might help. This can be a tough task in a sector built around the creative work of individuals. Nevertheless, we remain committed to finding smart ways to identify, understand and tackle the issues that matter. Without just producing a loud noise...

We are currently undertaking research in a number of areas where we think that there may be potential to constructively engage with government, including copyright collection, artist resale rights, incentives and schemes for the provision of low cost studio and work space space and international representation at contemporary art fairs and the like. See our Research page for more info.

We actively lobby government directly in relation to issues that are visual arts specific, and work with the South African chapter of the Arterial Network - a continental network of creative practitioners, researchers, organisations and businesses active in the cultural and creative industries - to lobby government around issues that cut across the different art forms.

Submission to the Department of Arts and Culture on the “ARTS, CULTURE AND HERITAGE WHITE PAPER”

A key mandate of VANSA is to monitor, research and contribute to the South African policy framework in such cases that it affects the Visual Arts. The New White Paper for the arts is the most important policy and is being drafted for the first time in 20 years.

Statement Released by Arterial Network (28/5/2014)

DAC a steward of SA's public culture and identity: Arterial Network South Africa (ANSA), are disappointed to see Minister Mthetwa’s appointment described as a “demotion”.

Stay Informed!

A number of significant legal concerns have come up for South African creative practitioners locally and internationally, highlighting the need for people in visual arts to remain knowledgeable and connected. Get informed, take your own position.


Join the global campaign calling for culture to be included in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goal

Arts, Culture and Creative Industries Policy

The City of Cape Town is in the process of finalising its Draft Arts, Culture and Creative Industries Policy.

NAC Call for nominations for advisory panel members 2014

The National Arts Council of South Africa hereby invites all competent, suitably qualified and interested persons to serve as members of the Advisory Panels for a period of three years.


Arterial Network of South Africa, in association with diverse arts, culture and heritage organisations, launched a major South African advocacy campaign on 1 April to position the broad sector, across disciplines, as an important election issue in our country.

Keeping Creativity and Arts Education a UNESCO Priority

It has been widely recognized that creativity is the vital ingredient that needs to be cultivated if we are all to survive and flourish in this 21st Century.

VANSA Submission to the dti on Draft IP Policy

In response to the draft Policy on Intellectual Property gazetted by the Department of Trade and Industry in September, VANSA developed a submission on significant areas of concern regarding the implications (or lack thereof) of the policy for the visual arts and the position of artists.

VANSA Submission to City of Cape Town on draft Public Art Regulatory Framework

As part of the 2013 Ways to Do Public Art project staged at the City Hall in June, VANSA facilitated a workshop with public art practitioners and City officials around the draft Public Art Regulatory Framework. Below find the content of our formal submission to the City of Cape Town based on the deliberations at this workshop.

ANSA submission on Revised White Paper

VANSA worked with Arterial Network South Africa on the development of a summary submission to the Department of Arts and Culture's draft White Paper for Arts, Culture and Heritage. The submission was made together with a call to the DAC to make provision for substantially more consultation and work on the document prior to it's submission to Cabinet for approval.

Public Forum: The Revised White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage

Notice is hereby given of a public forum to consider responses to the Revised White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage:

ANSA/VANSA Response to Lottery Amendment Bill 2013

The Lottery Amendment Bill was tabled for public comment by the Department of Trade and Industry in May. VANSA worked with Arterial Network South Africa in the development of a submission on the content of the Bill endorsed by a broad base of sector organisations. Our submission builds on the detailed input to the Department on its Lottery Review Policy Document - on which the present bill is based - which we submitted in December last year. See also the dti's response to our submission (and those of other organisations) in the download at the bottom of the page.

The State of Arts Funding Public Discussion

Arterial Network and Business and Arts South Africa hosted a public panel discussion at the Goethe Institut, Johannesburg, on Monday 22 April 2013. This was the second in a series focusing on the current review of the White Paper.

Call for Nominations to Serve on Councils

Call for nominations from the heritage fraternity and general public. Nominees require broad understanding of heritage, broad managerial and financial expertise and knowledge of marketing and liaison, fundraising, education and cultural/social research.

New artists announced for 55th La Biennale di Venezia

Additional artists have been added to the impressive original list that will now form part of the 2013 South African Pavilion in Venice.

ANSA Notes With Concern: Withdrawal of Artwork from Exhibition in Nelspruit.

Arterial Network South Africa notes with some concern reports about the withdrawal of a work of art from an exhibition in Nelspruit. While the reason for its removal is not clear, and while the merits of the specific artwork are not known or under consideration here, we as an arts and civil society role player, believe there is cause for concern.

VANSA Statement - Copyright Dispute between DALRO and Auction Houses

VANSA statement on the present dispute between DALRO and various auction houses

Participation of South Africa at the 55th la Biennale di Venezia

The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) has appointed the National Arts Festival (NAF) to curate and stage the South African exhibition at the 55th la Biennale di Venezia. NAF's proposal “Imaginary Fact – Contemporary South African Art and the Archive” was selected from a total of nine bids, all of which demonstrated high quality and a great wealth of ideas from within the South African visual arts sector.

ARTERIAL NETWORK SOUTH AFRICA and VANSA respond to DTI Lottery Policy Review

VANSA worked with Arterial Network South Africa on the development of a submission to the Department of Trade and Industry in response to the Lottery Policy Review document issued by the Department in August 2012. In our response, we raise a number of substantial concerns regarding the proposals of the Department, and make a substantial proposal of our own: that the majority of funding from the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund should be distributed through existing statutory funding agencies such as the National Arts Council, the National Film and Video Foundation and the National Heritage Council. We believe that our proposals - if taken forward - would have a dramatic impact on the sustainability and health of the arts, culture and heritage sector, transforming the Lottery Fund from a source of immense frustration into a powerful resource for the sector.

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