20 May 2021


Opportunity Description

VANSA hosts Professional Skills Development Workshop Series 24-28 May 2021
VANSA is pleased to announce a series of free online professional skills development workshops for artists and creatives from 24-28 May 2021. These online workshops are designed to provide critical skills to creatives in the sector to advance their career and practice as a whole. These workshops continue VANSA’s focus and commitment to transformation and system change through access, opportunities and empowerment on an individual and community level.

The workshops will cover the following topics:
Best Practice with Tokologo Mphaki, 24 May 2021, 12:00 – 14:00

  • Proposal writing
  • Preparing and managing budgets
  • Invoicing and Pricing
  • Contracts and agreements
  • Artists Rights (IP, Copyright, Artist Resale Rights; Freedom of Expression)

Pen to Paper with Khehla Chepape Makgato, 25 May 2021, 12:00: 14:00

  • Writing an Artist Bio
  • Writing an Artist statement
  • Artist an Artistic CV
  • Writing about your work
  • Professional communication

Finance Guru with Gugulethu Mayisela, 26 May 2021, 12:00: 14:00

  • Financial intelligence and financial planning
  • Savings and Investments
  • Retirement Planning – Pension fund/ retirement annuity
  • Tax compliance
  • Funding your artistic practice

Savvy Socials with Gcobisa Ndzimande 27 May 2021, 12:00 – 14:00

  • Social media
  • Online gallery
  • Branding
  • Selling online
  • Website

The Artsy Hustler with Thato Mogotsi 28 May 2021, 12:00 – 14:00

  • Professional Practice – Business and Art
  • Conducting business and Sales
  • Effective Communications
  • Ways of working: galleries, collectives, independent
  • Adapting to business during covid

VANSA operates as a support point and development agency for contemporary art practice in South Africa. We develop industry knowledge, resources,networks and projects that are concerned with realising new social, cultural and economic possibilities for contemporary art practice in the South African–andwider African–context. VANSA is a national network of artists and arts organisations with over 7000 members that works to support and develop knowledge and resources for artistic practice in South Africa.

About the Presenters
Tokologo Mphaki graduated with distinctions in Painting and Communications for her Bachelors’ Degree in Tshwane University of Technology (2018). She primarily works in the medium of oil painting, tapestries and charcoal drawing. Her work investigates religion, faith and beliefs in the curiosity for Spiritual enlightenment, identity, as well as abstract Spiritual narrative. She is the Communications Officer at VANSA.

Chepape Makgato is a multi-award winning independent artist and freelance art writer based in Johannesburg and Polokwane. He has diploma equivalence of Fine Arts majoring in Printmaking. Has a Diploma in Media Practice majoring in Journalism. He has participated in numerous art exhibitions and art fairs both locally and internationally in three continents of Africa, Europe and Northern America with 11 solo exhibitions to his name. Chepape initiated a community art organisation called Samanthole Creative Projects in 2010 which aims to provide general mentorship, art skills, and encourage reading of African literature. He is a Masters Degree candidate in Fine Art at Wits University.

Gugulethu Mayisela CA(SA), ACMA, CGMA, MBA is the Managing Director of My CFO Shop.  She has over 15 years of experience in the FMCG, energy and non-profit industries, including tax advisory and compliance for operations in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia.  She has experience as a board director as well as an executive career leading finance teams across Africa, Europe and the Middle East.  She is passionate about advising her clients, individuals and small enterprises, to set them up for financial success in an ever-changing global environment.

Gcobisa Ndzimande is a social media manager with 6+ years of experience creating, implementing and optimizing social media strategies for organizations and brands. Some of the companies and brands she has worked for include: SoulProviders (Save The Last Dance South Africa: Season 1), Don’t Look Down Productions (Big Brother Mzansi), Promise Brand (SAB: Brutal Fruit, Castel Lite & Redds), Arts and Culture Trust and Visual Art Network of South Africa. She has been working for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Southern Africa for four years, managing all digital platforms and social media strategy with the communications team. Highly experienced with online reputation management and has mastered compiling useful reports by analyzing and reviewing platforms on various social media listening tools such as Google Analytics, Hootsuite, Socialbakers, Talkwalker and more.

Thato Mogotsi is a Johannesburg-based independent arts practitioner with a practice that spans the curatorial, photography and archival research. After an initial start in South African media houses as a picture researcher, she has since collaborated on and collectively curated contemporary art projects and exhibitions in various South African arts institutions. She has participated in international research excursions and residencies and is currently completing her MA in Contemporary Curatorial Practice at the Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand.

For more information and full schedule: www.vansa.co.za
For media enquiries: Tokologo Mphaki: tokologo@vansa.co.za
Website: https://vansa.co.za/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VisualArtsNetworkSouthAfrica/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VANSAnational

How to Apply

The workshops are made possible with the support of the National Arts Council and will be presented online. The first 50 participants per workshop will be assisted with data to be able to participate in the online workshops. Interested participants can register to take part in the workshop series by emailing Tokologo Mphaki on tokologo@vansa.co.za, no later than 20 May 2021. More information can be found here.