Our Johannesburg office has a small but dedicated team that drives the organisation. Find out more about them here.
Molemo is Director of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), and one-half of the artists collaborative MADEYOULOOK. She has degrees in Fine Arts and Social Anthropology, writes sometimes, and is interested in popular social pedagogies and everyday socio-political imaginary.
Network Programmes Manager
Katlego is a Network Programmes Manager at VANSA, a violin teacher, performer, and arts development practitioner, with a background in theatre, dance, film and literature. He studied classical music performance at the University of Cape Town, and he is interested in shaping the development of the arts as a whole within South Africa.
Lauren von Gogh
Network Programmes Manager
Lauren is a Network Programmes Manager at VANSA, co-founder of the artist-run platform Sober & Lonely, and an ultra-distance runner. She studied Fine Arts at Wits followed by various non-degree programmes in studio and curatorial practice at the HISK, Mountain School, and Machine Project.
Kanya is an artist and musician born in Port Elizabeth, currently residing in Ekurhuleni. She studied Fine Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology and has exhibited works at various art spaces. Kanya has travelled around South Africa working with different artists creating artworks, music and scores for documentaries.
Thina is an artist, with a Fine Arts degree from the University of Johannesburg, and also trained as a stage manager at the National Childen's Theatre. She currently resides in Ekhuruleni and is in the process of forming her own children's organisation focused on a variety of art forms.
The VANSA board shapes the organisation’s work and helps the VANSA team to steer in the right direction. Part of building the current board has been possible through the generous support of BASA.
Bandile is a Johannesburg based writer, poet, project manager within the arts sector, and doctoral student in African Studies, focusing on art periodicals published in Africa post-liberation struggles. She has been working in the arts for over 12 years. Bandile currently holds the position of Chairperson of the VANSA Board.
Through the BASA Board Bank. Denisha is currently the ICT Head: Shared Services at the Development Bank of SA. She plays a pivotal role at the Development Bank, which is affiliated to the National Treasury and led by the Minister of Finance, to deliver Infrastructure in South Africa. She has held several Vice President roles in Absa Bank, Barclays London and at the South African Revenue Services. Denisha pursued her MBA in technology management in which she achieved a first class pass. Her primary degree is a BCOMPT Accounting Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Denisha achieved the youngest Doctorate in Leadership Qualification in the history of Africa’s largest University. She is a leader in her field and has become impactful beyond the boundaries of her work.
Through the BASA Board Bank. Michelle is Head of Investor Relations at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and a classically trained cellist. Joubert has a BA Hons, and an undergraduate degree from Stellenbosch University as well as MBA jointly from the University Of Chicago, Graduate School Of Business USA and the University Of Cape Town, Graduate School Of Business. Since 2007, Michelle has been involved at the JSE under various auspices and has previously held positions in various financial journals including South Africa’s Financial Mail and the UK’s Financial Times, based in London. Michelle serves as a mentor for Business Arts South Africa.
Songezile obtained his BA (Fine Arts) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 2001; he participated in a cultural exchange programme between the University of the Witwatersrand from South Africa and Umea Academy from Sweden. He then registered for Masters with the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2002 Songezile was selected to participate in two international projects: an Art Residency Programme in Norway and an internship in Museum Curatorship at the Musee de Arts de Afrique de Oceanie in Paris, France. In 2007 he was one of the few artists selected to represent the African continent in Dokumenta 12 in Germany. Madikida is currently a practicing artist with several group and solo exhibitions and awards. He is also contracted to the Nelson Mandela Museum as a consultant to Manage the Nelson Mandela Museum Arts Incubator Programme.
Tanisha is a senior attorney in the global markets segment in the financial services industry and a visual artist. She has held solo exhibitions in South Africa and Germany, and participated in curated exhibitions in South Africa, France, Germany, Netherlands, Namibia, China and Romania. Her photographic imagery is taken from naturally challenging environments such as nuclear wastelands, landfill sites and natural and urban ecosystems susceptible to change. Tenisha has held discussions on the topics of Rebirth, Transformation and Decomposition for strategic sessions and has displayed artwork for collaborative projects on War, Women and the Human Spirit, at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (Canada), General Consul of France (Istanbul, Turkey), Graduate Institute, Geneva and the University of Oxford, Centre for International Studies.