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WE WON’T LEAVE - Ahmet Öğüt at Parking Gallery VANSA

A satellite artistic intervention for the art and research project “Giving Contours to Shadows”. Curated by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Elena Agudio. Co-curator Roundtable series: Storm Janse van Rensburg.

Call to artists - The Creative Block announces drive at Open Studios

Open Studios has partnered with the Creative Block's recruitment drive for new artists. Open Studios takes place on 28 – 29 November 2014. This is the second consecutive year that the Creative Block will form part of Open Studios – formerly Art Walk – organized by Eastside Studios resident artist, Elize Vossgatter.

Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) 2015-2016 applications now open for submission

The 2015-2016 MGE applications are now open for submission. Please pay attention to the revised guidelines and application form. Interested and eligible organizations, companies, and individuals are hereby invited to send applications and proposals for possible financial support and partnership with the Department:


NEWNOWNEXT EASTERN CAPE 2014 aims to discover exciting new talent in contemporary art and showcase their work locally and nationally. Open to any person practising art as an amateur artist, art student or self-taught artist that lives in South Africa. The three winning artists will each receive 15,000, 10,000 and 5,000 rands respectively of prize money. Winning artists will be featured in a separate four – man exhibition in June 2015.

Exhibition Coordinator at Wits School of Arts, Division of Visual Arts

The Division of Visual Arts in the Wits School of Arts invites applications for a technical staff position. The contract period for this post is 11 months i.e. from 1 January 2015 to 30 November 2015.

Familydom, Visible White Photo Prize 2015, 4th edition

Which new iconographies can represent the family? In which ways can you question the family’s status as a socially significant institution today? Francesca Fabiani, Curator of Photography at Rome’s MAXXI, and Paul di Felice, Professor at the University of Luxembourg, are curating ‘Familydom’, 4th edition of Visible White Photo Prize 2015.

Call for Residencies Pro Helvetia

In collaboration with its liaison offices, Pro Helvetia supports residencies in India, China and South Africa.

National Arts Council applications for 2015

The National Arts Council (NAC) has opened applications for arts funding for 2015. Individuals and registered arts organisations involved in theatre, dance, music, visual arts, craft, literature and multi-discipline have until 12 December 2014 to submit their applications for project funding. This will be the NAC’s only round of funding for next year across all seven arts fields. Post-graduate students who wish to pursue their arts studies abroad are also encouraged to apply.

Employment Opportunities

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