FIRST KKNK VIRTUAL ART GALLERY OPENING SOON

“We are extremely excited to launch the first Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) Virtual Gallery, where art enthusiasts from all over the world will now have the opportunity to engage with the festival’s visual arts exhibitions.” These are the words of Hugo Theart, Artistic Director of the KKNK. Theart says the festival has built…

Discussions of the artistic divine

BASA member Same Mdluli places artistic expression firmly in the essential column What better way to pass the endless hours of confinement, than to speak to the current creative movers and shakers? Same Mdluli is an artist, art historian, and writer living in Johannesburg. She holds a PhD in History of Art, an MA in…

BASA continues to synergise business and arts relationships with its 2020 Supporting Grant cycle

BUSINESS AND ARTS SOUTH AFRICA NPC (BASA) champions business investment within the arts, cultural and heritage sector. To this end the BASA Supporting Grants programme is calling for applications throughout 2020. Says CEO, Ashraf Johaardien, “BASA is a public-private partnership that formed part of South Africa’s strategy to secure greater involvement in the arts, and…

BASA to support COVID-19 affected artists

Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) has announced that its Supporting Grants programme will be extended to allow support for South African creatives infected or affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, a funding campaign has been launched at gogetfunding.com/bizartza/, to enable BASA to also consider applications from individual artists for once-off, short-term financial aid…

CREATIVES COPING WITH LOCKDOWN

At a time when physical proximity is not just dissuaded but essentially outlawed, people are reaching for their devices and digging deep into their artistic disciplines to stay connected with their audiences, and the world at large. South African artists are using the opportunities presented by social distancing to develop new kinds of content. How…

2019 BASA Special Awards Recipients

“The annual BASA Awards are a significant barometer of the success of mutually beneficial and sustainable partnerships between business and the arts,” says Mandie van der Spuy, Deputy Chairperson of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA). Says BASA Head of Marketing, Savannah Feeke, “Partnered by Hollard, the Awards recognise business…

2020 Standard Bank Young Artists

The recipients of the 2020 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards have been announced. They are Jefferson Tshabalala (theatre), Lulu Prudence Mlangeni (dance), Sisonke Xonti (jazz), Nthato Mokgata (music) and Blessing Ngobeni (visual art). The National Arts Festival established the Young Artist Awards in 1981 to acknowledge emerging young South African