VANSA operates as a development agency for the visual arts in South Africa, promoting connection, access and innovation in our industry. This website has been developed as an up-to-the minute resource, providing information, advice and tools for artists, businesses and organisations, as well as providing a platform for research, awareness and discussion around key industry issues. 

Go to the About section to find out more about the organisation
Become a member of this dynamic network go to Membership and sign up!


LaBa! Arts Festival 2015 – Back to the future

The LaBa! is one of the oldest art festivals in Kampala, having been organized by the Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/ Ugandan German Cultural Society (GZK/ UGCS) and the Ugandan Artists Association for the first time in 2007, by then called the LaBa! Street Art Festival. Since 2007 the festival grew to an annual event indispensable in Kampala’s cultural calendar, even recommended as a cultural must for Kampala in the “Lonely Planet” travel guide in 2012.


The City of Ekurhuleni is proud to announce that it will once again be hosting and presenting the annual national Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards. It is a contemporary fine art competition which caters for artists of all ages, producing various media of art works. This year’s competition will be presented in collaboration with the Lizamore & Associates Mentorship Programme.

221A Call for 2015-16 Curatorial Residents

221A is a non-profit artist-run centre that presents exhibitions, talks, publications and special projects that explore the role of design in the shaping of contemporary societies. 221A is seeking proposals from practicing artists, designers, architects, academics and/or curators, including curatorial collectives, for the 2015-16 Curatorial Residency Program.

Rijksakademie Call for applications residency January - December 2016

The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (Amsterdam, NL) is an international residency program which provides time and space for research, experiment and production. We offer outstanding opportunities to emerging professional artists from both The Netherlands and abroad, to develop their work and ideas at the highest level.


ITCH is an online periodical for experimental creative work by emerging and established writers and artists working in a wide variety of media. ITCH provides an independent, virtual space in which critical, creative, thoughtful and provocative expression and debate can take place, free from the limitations of the commercial media economy and the pressures of political influence.

ARTS & CULTURE Grants-in-Aid Funding for 2015/2016 Financial Year

The Creative Industries Strategy aims to develop the creative industries and increase contribution to the economy, community development and urban regeneration.

The Hvítahús Artist Residency, Iceland

Hvítahús is a new residency program for artists and an art gallery. It's located just next to the Snæfellsnesþjóðgarður national park. Hvítahús is the only remaining building from the old Krossavik harbor, surrounded by astonishing landscapes, special sea biosphere and bird life.

Open Call: SYNAPSE – The International Curators’ Network

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) and Schering Stiftung invite up-and-coming curators to apply to take part in the third workshop held by SYNAPSE – The International Curators’ Network.

 23 Days at Sea Travelling Artist Residency

Access Gallery invites submissions for its new Travelling Artist Residency Program, in partnership with Burrard Arts Foundation and with Contraste agence d’art, titled Twenty-Three Days at Sea. Unlike traditional residencies, which offer artists accommodation at a stationary site for a designated period with the aim of producing a new body of work, Twenty-Three Days at Sea is utterly unique: it will offer selected artists passage aboard a cargo ship sailing from Vancouver, Canada to Shanghai, China. Crossing the Pacific Ocean takes approximately twenty-three days, during which time the artist will be considered “in residence” aboard the vessel. The inaugural two residents will be sent to sea in August and September 2015.

Open Call for That Art Fair 27 February - 1 March 2015

THAT ART FAIR is an inspired, curated and affordable art fair event providing a platform for African artists who work under the radar of the traditional art establishment and who do things a little differently.

Document Actions