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…

KKNK opens exhibitions to the world

The first Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) Virtual Gallery gives art enthusiasts from all over the world the opportunity to engage with the festival’s visual arts exhibitions, says festival artistic director Hugo Theart. The KKNK has built a reputation for its extraordinary visual arts exhibitions over two decades, and this year has encouraged them…

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Nando’s searches for next Hot Young Designer

Undiscovered local design talent challenged to showcase their flair The third edition of Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search is under way, this year focused on a design element that has become strikingly relevant in the time of COVID-19 – restaurant waiting benches. Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search initiative opens doors for undiscovered young…

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…

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