BASA VACANCIES

At Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) we are driven to create meaningful, sustainable relationships between business and the arts. Since inception in 1997, BASA has been a significant catalyst and connector, both cementing and amplifying powerful partnerships between more than 1 600 business and arts partners, to effect meaningful social change. If your…

BASA Assembly Draws Creative and Business Sectors Together

Complex conversations and the stirrings of systemic change were the hallmarks of the inaugural Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) ASSEMBLY held from 24–26 March 2021 and presented in partnership with British Council Southern Africa Arts. The fully digital, free event comprised a series of discussions, podcasts, presentations, and live panels to address the urgent…

Day 2 of BASA ASSEMBLY gives voice to our artists

Day 2 of BASA ASSEMBLY gives our local artists the opportunity to offer their perspective on the creative economy, particularly how the current landscape of the sector may limit the critical scope needed for sustainability. The day starts at 10.00, with artist Lee-Ann van Rooi, who puts her perspective forward in NOW WE’RE TALKING. The…

Focus and support lifts BASA’s Debut Programme

The 2021 iteration of BASA’s Debut Programme has outstripped planned key milestones. Unique in its aim to provide business and entrepreneurial skills development to emerging artists in all nine provinces of South Africa, the programme is committed to providing participants with a suite of skills that sweep the range required to launch, build or sustain…

Thought leaders headline BASA ASSEMBLY

Business and Arts South Africa’s (BASA) ASSEMBLY, partnered by the British Council, is a programme of hybrid live and digital engagements across social, digital and media platforms, set to go live to the public on 25 and 26 March 2021. Themed ‘Creativity Now: Cultural intelligence in the time of COVID-19’, BASA ASSEMBLY seeks to explore…

BASA ASSEMBLY partnered by British Council

Partnered by British Council Southern Africa Arts, Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) will be launching a hybrid live-and-digital platform called ASSEMBLY on 25 March 2021. “British Council Southern Africa Arts is thrilled to be partnering with BASA again in this platform of enquiry and curiosity,” remarks Levinia Jones, Head of Arts Southern Africa.…

What to expect at the International Public Arts Festival 2021

The International Public Arts Festival (IPAF) – one of Africa’s largest and most anticipated public arts festivals – is set to entrance visitors from 10-14 February 2021. Attracting top talent from South Africa and overseas, the fifth edition of the IPAF promises a dazzling array of captivating art installations. The five-day event is hosted by Baz-Art, a street art platform…

MRS + MR Luke Making Their Mark

The theme of this year’s 23rd annual BASA Awards is INDELIBLE, accompanied by the hashtag: #MakeYourMark. “It is both a celebration and a call to action,” explains BASA Head of Marketing, Savannah Feeke-Fortune. “It’s the reason we commissioned Mrs + Mr Luke to create seven installations at seven secret locations around Johannesburg. Without giving the…

The Indelible Art of Banele Khoza

Visual artist, curator and gallery director Banele Khoza is the featured artist for the 23rd annual Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Awards partnered by Hollard. Banele Khoza has been commissioned to create the works being presented to the winning partnerships that will be recognised by this year’s BASA Awards. The works, many of them abstract,…

BASA Awards 2020 Q&A

CEO of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), Ashraf Johaardien (AJ) describes the 2020 iteration of the annual BASA Awards partnered by Hollard as, “an integrated online experience available to the public from 19 November 2020.” Sascha Polkey (SP) chatted to him to find out more: SP Ashraf, we’ve known each other for nearly three…

BASA Awards 2020 Finalists Announced

The 23rd Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard, are once again shining a spotlight on indelible business and arts partnerships in seven categories. Every year is a celebration of the power of these collaborations but, as BASA CEO Ashraf Johaardien notes, this year they are more important than ever: “As the country and the world try to…

BASA BoardBank is back

Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) is reintroducing BoardBank, a programme that connects creative organisations with skilled professionals who have the potential to become board members. Through BoardBank, professionals are offered the opportunity to volunteer on the board of a creative organisation, thereby helping make the sector more sustainable through improving corporate governance, while…

BASA tribute to Linda Givon

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is deeply saddened by the passing of Goodman Gallery founder, Linda Givon. A tenacious advocate for the visual arts and the 2019 recipient of the BASA Awards Arts Champion Award, Ms Givon opened the Goodman Gallery in 1966 and was a loyal supporter of the arts for more than…

BASA appoints two new Directors

On 17 September 2020, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) online. The proceedings included the election of two new non-executive Directors to the BASA Board. Following a public call for nominations and a rigorous shortlisting process, Unathi Malunga and Makgati Molebatsi were elected by BASA members. With a combination…

Public Call for Nominations: BASA Board

The purpose of this notice is to call for nominations for two Non-Executive Directors, to serve on the Board of Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA). The current BASA Board comprises 11 Non-Executive Board Members and one Executive Member, all of whom contribute to the overall success, governance and compliance of the organisation. There…

First-ever online BASA Awards partnered by Hollard

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), in partnership with Hollard, is calling for entries for its 2020 Awards. The move to an entirely digital platform for the first time ever this year, sees the event reinvigorated and reimagined. “What hasn’t changed is the commitment of both BASA and Hollard to encourage excellence and innovation in…

#WOMANDLACHALLENGE’s LIVESTREAM LAUNCH

On Sunday 9 August 2020, at 12h00, as our country celebrates Women’s Day, the streets of Maboneng (Sotho for ‘Place of Light’), the art district in the East of Johannesburg’s inner city, will thrum with the sounds and images of Women’s Power during the livestream launch of the global @womandlachallenge on both the @cityofcourage and…

BASA Built on a Legacy of Women

We are living in a time when powerful women have reshaped the business landscape of South Africa’s creative economy. For Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), every day is Women’s Day. According to Head of Marketing and Communications, Savannah Feeke-Fortune, the organisation has been built on the shoulders of a long line of influential women, spanning…

Q&A with Mamela Nyamza

On paper, she is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed choreographer and arts activist. In motion, she is an arts rebel and revolutionary, committed to making dance a vehicle for conveying body politics on all social issues, rather than a simple means of entertainment. Mamela’s ultimate goal is to reach the most remote of South Africa’s areas, unearthing young, raw…

Launch of Debut Programme 2nd Edition

Following a hugely impactful first iteration of the Debut Programme, which was launched by the Honourable Minister Nkosinathi E. Mthethwa of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) in 2017, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is calling for applications for the next round of the Programme. Says BASA CEO, Ashraf Johaardien: “Participants will be selected from…

BASA’s 67 grants for Mandela Day

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela spent 67 years fighting for social justice. In honour of his legacy Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is making 67 Artist Relief Grants for medical assistance available to creatives diagnosed with or hospitalised due to COVID-19. Founded in 1997, BASA is a connector catalyst for businesses and the arts, driving focused…

2021 – celebrating conscious

An open call for exhibition proposals The curator in ways is the imagination that frames the conversation, bringing different voices, distinct palettes into dialogue. As we have been so aware under lockdown,the capacity of the human imagination resides in the relation between things, between beings. We are diminished when we cannot make expressive contact with one another. The…

ACT Development Grants to focus on music

For its second grant cycle of 2020, the Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) is looking for projects with a focus on music, encouraging applications for interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary works that have music as a core component. Applications for Professional Development Programme grants will be accepted until 12 July 2020. ACT, South Africa’s independent arts funding…

Inclusive leadership through COVID-19

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is responding to the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic by implementing changes to its plans and programmes during a time which has seen artists’ professions and livelihoods severely curtailed. This has included the granting of 122 Artist Relief Grants, aimed at assisting individual artists, freelance creatives and independent…