10 December 2017


Opportunity Description

The Durban Art Gallery Outreach Program promotes and facilitates public engagement with visual art. Our goal is to move visual art more fully into the centre of our lives and to reach those who might otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in its programmes.

Currently, the Durban Art Gallery is accepting proposals from local visual artists from within the eThekwini Municipality for inclusion in outreach programmes to be run in their communities. This opportunity is open to self-taught artists and fine art graduates in the visual arts sector, particularly the following categories: sculpture, printmaking, fabric and textiles, drawing, painting and ceramics. The proposed project timeframe should be over a period of 3 months or equivalent.

Projects must be aimed at:

  • Enabling artists to share knowledge in their communities through access to visual arts skills and resources
  • Promoting and facilitating public engagement through visual art
  • Empowering the youth, women, people living with disabilities and the elderly.
  • Developing a culture of visual art in the community as a tool for social cohesion and awareness

Selection Criteria:

  • An applicant should possess a strong record of artistic accomplishments
  • In addition, participants must possess relevant experience working with youth and local communities, whether in urban or rural areas, as well as in engaging with other artists, art educators, and other community members through master classes, workshops, discussions, and other outreach activities.
  • An applicant must be a resident of the area they are proposing to do the project in.

Essential Requirements:

  • Completed application form. Available at DAG, in most municipal libraries or via email request.
    Artist(s) profile and/or detailed CV
  • Certified copies of the identity documents of artist(s) (not older than three months).
  • Original and valid tax clearance certificate.
  • A certified company registration certificate (recently certified i.e. not older than 3 months).
  • Samples of work done/portfolio of work Two letters of recommendation from community leaders/art practitioners/government officials bases in the area where the programme will be taking place (not older than 6 months).
  • All submission requirements must be in one file.

Selection Process:

Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist’s work will benefit from the program. Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete, approximately 4 weeks following the application deadline. Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged artists.

How to Apply

Please direct questions or email submissions to:
Miss Nothando Mkhize
DAG Education Officer
Call: 031 311 2264/9
e-mail: nothando.mkhize@durban.gov.za

*Please note that it is compulsory that artists have registered businesses that are registered onto the eThekwini Municipal supplier database. Registration onto Central Supplier Database (CSD) is compulsory before the commencement of the programme. While artists without such registration are encouraged to apply please note that you, however, need to ensure the above registrations are complete should your application be successful.