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New Graffiti By-Laws for Cape Town

The City of Cape Town has drafted a new by-law to stop the spread of graffiti within its area of jurisdiction. There are new by-laws governing GRAFFITI in Cape Town. You know this already, and we know they are not to your taste. Drafting in VANSA was done without consulting us, but thats where it is. Below is the step-by-step guide:

Assemblage: 7 May Painting Workshop

The aim of this workshop will be to build artistic confidence and introduce a potential approach for beginning to paint images- be it from life or an appropriated photographic reference.

Distell Arts and Culture Co-ordinator

Applications are invited for this Contract position (Ref: DIS417) based in Distell's Corporate Affairs Dept. in Stellenbosch. The successful applicant will report to the Head of Distell's Arts and Culture programme. The duration of the contract is one year.

VANSA WESTERN CAPE Internship Opportunity

VANSA in the Western Cape is offering an internship. The successful candidate will manage and curate the SPIN Space Gallery, and Project Manage a Course for Collectors. Please send your CV and a short letter of motivation to hellovansa@vansa.co.za by 4p.m. on 6 April 2011 – subject line Internship.

Fayoum Art Center Residency Program 2011

Away from the culturally saturated capital Cairo, the Fayoum Art Center is launching a new residency program “The Fayoum Arts Center Residency Program” (FACRP) for artists from all over the globe. FACRP aims to create an adequate creative environment for all the resident visual artists, performers, musicians, and writers. There is no age nor nationality restrictions, the Center is offering six rooms for residency, two well-equipped studio spaces, a common big kitchen and a big outdoor space. or more information about the program please contact the Program manager: resfayoum@gmail.com

Assistant Director (Photographer)

Government Communications (GCIS) requires the services of a qualified and experienced photographer at its Pretoria head office. The job entails long working hours over weekends and public holidays. The applicant must be prepared to travel long distances countrywide and internationally.


The National Arts Council invites individuals and registered organisations active in theatre, dance, crafts, literature, music, multi-discipline and visual arts to submit their applications for project funding. Applications are invited for projects that will impact on the arts in the society/ communities.


This event which is all about international human rights issues , will be taking place in March on the 1st Floor of the Cape Town City Library. I will be very grateful if you could forward these details to your member lists, family and contacts in Cape Town and invite them to view and participate in this event. ON SHOW –at the Central Library -1st Floor , during March.

Ruth Prowse School of Art Studio and Gallery Launch

Ruth Prowse School of Art are launching the Stempel Studios and the new Laubscher Gallery at Ruth Prowse School of Art next week. There will be an exhibit of a work by Erik Laubscher and works by the late Ruth Prowse in the Gallery which will be open to the public on Wednesday the 23rd from 1:30 to 4:30 pm and Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.


Paradox of Plenty: Jeannette Unite, converted the Michaelis Upper Gallery into an open studio from the 2nd to the 21st of March. This studio has be open to the public, allowing a rare glimpse into Unite’s working methods and a chance for personal engagement with the artist. During her time in the space Unite will produce a series of composite, collaged drawings, which will then be on exhibition in the Upper Gallery from the 29th of March to April 7th 2011.

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