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Audrey Anderson sketches everyday life

Audrey Anderson began sketching to "up-grade" her skills. Using her sketchbooks, she took her drawing outside the studio.


Art10K at Bowmans in Cape Town

Posted on 9 January 2017 in News.

Launched in 2015, art10K Projects will be hosting its third event back in Cape Town on the evening of Thursday 12 January 2017, at the prestigious law firm, Bowmans.


Entries for Suzanne Shaw Creative Award now open

Posted on 9 January 2017 in News.

The Fulcrum Group, in partnership with the Bag Factory Artists' Studios and the Candice Berman Gallery is looking for young and up coming Curators to enter into the Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative Award 2017.


Studio Space at Greatmore Studios

Posted on 9 January 2017 in News.

Studio Space available at Greatmore Studios. Greatmore Studios has a long and proud history of supporting Art Making and the development of an artists' professional practice.


Registration and submission deadlines for L'Atelier 2017 announced

Posted on 9 January 2017 in News.

The registration and submission deadlines for 2017's L'Atelier have been finalised and young African artists hoping to participate in the continent's pre-eminent art competition are urged to note these dates and get their entries in on time.


Sculpture-Bombing: Saadjies sculptures pop up in various cities

Posted on 13 October 2016 in News.

When one thinks of public sculpture, one always visualizes monumental landmarks depicting important figures. But the Saadjies project, initiated by Mathews & Associates Architects, challenges this notion and features travelling 180mm³ miniature sculptures photographed in various urban locations all over the world.


Franli Meintjies captures the sound waves of Pretoria

Posted on 29 September 2016 in News.

Pretoria artist Franli Meintjies' latest installation, The Noise We Make at the Association of Arts Pretoria features plaits of various shades of purple fabric creating an image that will resembles that of a sound wave.


Real Issues and Ordinary Objects: 2016 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition Winners Announced

Posted on 9 September 2016 by Marilyn de Freitas in News.

This year's winners of the Sasol New Signatures art competition have taken everyday objects out of their usual context and created artworks that deal with relevant issues. Cape Town-based artist Zyma Amien, has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition.


Highlights to look forward to ahead of the 2016 FNB Joburg Art Fair

Posted on 31 August 2016 in News.

As the annual, premium visual art event on the African continent, the 2016 FNB Joburg Art Fair features 90 exhibitions within 6 categories with a special focus on the artistic landscape of East Africa.


Sasol New Signatures Art Competition announces 7 Finalists 2016

Posted on 25 August 2016 in News.

Final judging has been completed for the 27th Sasol New Signatures Art Competition with 100 artworks being shortlisted from around South Africa with seven selected as finalists for 2016.


Celebrating Spring at Irma Stern Museum

Posted on 17 August 2016 in News.

One of South Africa's most beloved museums, the UCT Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town, will celebrate the arrival of spring with a botanical art exhibition, bringing together artwork from established artists of Cape flora with new artwork that has been commissioned for the exhibition.


Majak Bredell creates hybrid figures of Mary Magdalene

Posted on 4 August 2016 in News.

Majak Bredell re-interprets Mary Magdalene through blending the sacred and profane, Christian and pagan, West and East, history and mythology. But - who was Mary Magdalene? Bredell answers this question through repeatedly re-creating and re-imagining her figure on various canvases, folio artist books and sketches.


Beautiful Imperfections in the Sculptures of Ruhan Janse van Vuuren

Posted on 28 July 2016 in News.

South African sculptor Ruhan Janse van Vuuren's unique figurative artworks are both technically apt and visually engaging. He models his sculptures from everyday people, each figure containing imperfections that draws one closer, creating works that are real and human.


Business course aimed at getting artists to sell art not sell out

Posted on 28 July 2016 in News.

The Business Acumen for Artists course run by the UCT Graduate School of Business offers artists a 13-week crash course in everything business.


Photographic work wins at 2016 Barclays L'Atelier Competition

Posted on 14 July 2016 in News.

Photographer Nourhan Refaat of Egypt tops the 2016 Barclays L'Atelier competition with her work July Tale, a photographic series that deals with relationships and how we interact in today's 'disconnected' digital age.


Absa L'Atelier 2016 Top Ten Finalists

Posted on 14 July 2016 in News.

The top 10 finalists of the 2016 Barclays L'Atelier competition


7 Reasons You Should Visit the Turbine Art Fair

Posted on 7 July 2016 in News.

The Turbine Art Fair returns to the iconic Turbine Hall in Newtown for its fourth year from 14 - 17 July 2016. Sponsored and organised by The Forum Company, the fair offers audiences a look at the best emerging and established talents under one roof at affordable prices. Art.co.za took a look at seven things you should see at this year's TAF16.


CTAA & Bridge House School Franschhoek present ART @ SCHOOL

Posted on 24 June 2016 in News.

On 18 July the Cape Town Art Agency (CTAA) will launch an exciting new concept: ART @ SCHOOL offering opportunities for the youth to engage with the arts.


Chicken Canvasses auctioned by Chicken Challenge for a worthwhile cause

Posted on 24 June 2016 in News.

The Chicken Challenge, an annual fundraising initiative, exhibits 180 'chicken canvasses' in aid of the Greater Rape Intervention Project ("GRIP").


The Singing Rocks - Artist Jenna Burchell turns ancient rocks into songsmiths.

Posted on 23 June 2016 in News.

South African artist Jenna Burchell repairs ancient, fractured rocks found in the Cradle of Humankind combining "golden joinery" with technology and sound, creating site-specific golden sound instruments (songsmiths).


Introduction to Visual Art Therapy and Social Action course at the University of Johannesburg

Posted on 3 June 2016 in News.

The Department of Visual Art, University of Johannesburg, in association with Lefika La Phodiso Johannesburg, offers a continuous education programme in July 2016 entitled: Introduction to Visual Art Therapy and Social Action.


Print Expression at Blue Door Print Exhibition

Posted on 2 June 2016 in News.

Blue Door Studio in association with Art it is Johannesburg presents their annual print student exhibition. The exhibition featuring prints by over 20 student printmakers who worked very closely with the master printmaker Collin Cole to learn all of the technical demands of printmaking as well as develop their own creative styles.


Unusual Ways to Showcase Sculpture at Home

Posted on 28 April 2016 in News.

Art lovers often consider their home as an immediate, enjoyable place to display their art so they can see it every day. Adding original sculpture to your home can take your interiors to another dimension but can sometimes be difficult to integrate into your existing decor. Art.co.za suggests six ways to add sculpture to your home.


Interesting Art Apps for Artists and Art Lovers

Posted on 21 April 2016 in News.

Smartphones have become an important part of artist's go-to tools. Whether it's a digital drawing tool; discovering new artists or galleries, or social networking, there is a plethora of smartphone apps on the market for creative minds. Art.co.za reviews 8 art apps.


South African Artists on Instagram You Should Follow

Posted on 14 April 2016 in News.

Instagram has become one of the Internet's most popular social networks, especially amongst artists. With over over 530,000 followers combined, we've compiled a list of the best South African artist Instagram accounts who offer streams filled with insights into the daily life of a professional artist.


10 Questions for Artist Anna-Carien Goosen

Posted on 7 April 2016 in Art View.

Anna-Carien Goosen is a full-time artist who has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions. She works in a variety of media including porcelains and enamels; children's book illustratation; sculpture and ceramics and 3D printing. But it is her paintings that creates a stimulating play between calculated planning and experience against spontaneous, accidental experiments. Art.co.za asked her 10 questions to find out more about her.


South African Artist-Run Galleries You Need to Know

Posted on 30 March 2016 in News.

Do artists make better gallerists? More and more artist-run spaces are growing around the world circumventing the structures of public and private galleries. We took a look at a group of independent South African artist project spaces recasting what a traditional gallery can be.


New Norms and Standards Guidelines for South African Visual Arts Sector

Posted on 30 March 2016 in News.

The Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) will host a series of consultations to get input from the visual arts sector for the development of a norms and standards booklet.


Phillips Senior Advisor Arnold Lehman in South Africa to assess the current state of visual arts

Posted on 15 February 2016 in News.

Arnold Lehman, internationally known former director of New York`s Brooklyn Museum for 18 years, has joined Phillips Auction House to advise on its global brand and to actively engage with museums and artists worldwide. Lehman will be visiting South Africa where he plans to assess the current state of the visual arts and raise the profile of Phillips in Africa.


Bonhams Directors in South Africa to seek more art

Posted on 15 February 2016 in News.

Bonhams Directors of South African Art, Giles Peppiatt and Hannah O`Leary, will be visiting the South Africa in February and March, to do valuations and to offer interviews on how South African art has come to achieve the prices it now commands.


Creative Inspiration with Michael Smith

Posted on 12 February 2016 by Marilyn de Freitas in News.

Studies have shown that education in the arts is an integral part of human development. Art classes offer people the chance to learn something new or master a previously learned skill. Michael Smith`s Art With Mike offers art classes for adults and teenagers with a focus on painting and drawing.


PPC Imaginarium Awards Finalists 2015/2016 have been announced

Posted on 28 January 2016 in News.

The PPC Imaginarium judges have been working tirelessly to select the regional finalists from each of the categories and after much deliberation, the finalists in this year`s PPC Imaginarium Awards have been selected.


Art on Screen - 2016 Films about art

Posted on 14 January 2016 in News.

Many directors and screenwriters have written or adapted the stories and histories of various artists and artworks into films. This year`s films include a pseudo-biography based on Danish artist Lili Elbe and the world`s first feature-length painted animation of Vincent van Gogh`s life.


Art Fairs and Festivals to see in 2016

Posted on 7 January 2016 in News.

Art fairs and festivals have become one of the premier means for artists and galleries to come together and showcase the best they have to offer to the art world notables who count - dealers, collectors, curators, agents, critics and the like. We at Art.co.za have created a handy guide to the South African art fairs and festivals in 2016.


Rivalry to revelry: 2016 art competitions in South Africa

Posted on 7 January 2016 in News.

The "juried process" of art competitions is a necessary career step for emerging artists who want to be considered as a serious artists. Every year, art competitions around South Africa offer artists the opportunity to build and develop their artistic resume as well as win handy cash and other prizes. Art.co.za takes a look at what 2016 art competition opportunities are available.


A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: Access - A Serendipitous Symbol

Posted on 17 December 2015 by Charis de Kock in A Portrait of a Young Artist.

The interaction between the personal and the political must always play some role in any artistic practice, but the work on show at this year`s Michaelis graduate exhibition suggests that that interaction - and the way it plays itself out within notions of identity, memory and the body - has perhaps become a keener and more pressing concern.


Search for George Enslin Osaka Painting

Posted on 3 December 2015 in News.

George Enslin`s widow, Noriko Enslin, is searching for one of his paintings which depicts their homeland, Osaka, before its destruction in 1995 by an earthquake.


A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: What is in an identity

Posted on 3 December 2015 in A Portrait of a Young Artist.

What is identity? Identity is the way we perceive and express ourselves through various factors and conditions. The third year students from the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture of the University of Johannesburg explored personal experiences of how they see themselves or are perceived within a complex South African identity.


Book Review: Lucas Sithole 1931 - 1994

Posted on 2 December 2015 in Reviews.

Lucas Sithole 1931 - 1994 published by Fernand F. Haenggi, features a photographic collection of major works by the artist in private, corporate and public collections throughout the world.


A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: We learn the rules to break them

Posted on 26 November 2015 in A Portrait of a Young Artist.

Western culture tends to reward the rebel, the trend setter, the people who break the rules. This year`s fine art graduates from the University of Pretoria sees students bypassing more traditional methods of painting, pencil drawing and bronze sculpture and embracing more experimental niches featuring installation, game animation, and even tattoo art in a form of `performance art`.


Warren Editions Cape Town launches 2015 Edition S

Posted on 26 November 2015 in News.

There is a certain appeal to buying an artwork without knowing who the artist is. Each year, Warren Editions selects an artist to create a work for Edition S. On 1 December 2015, Warren Editions will announce the the name of the 2015 secret artist and release Edition S.


A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: The self-reflexive generation

Posted on 12 November 2015 by Dave Mann in A Portrait of a Young Artist.

In line with the rest of the country's tertiary education systems, students at the university currently known as Rhodes have had a challenging year in the recent #FeesMustFall protests and efforts towards decolonising the colonial structure of the university. Now it was time for the Fine Art students to have their say at the annual Fine Art Graduate exhibition through 21 solo exhibitions across a wide range of venues, all coming together in one evening.


JAG celebrates Lutyens Building's centenary

Posted on 12 November 2015 in News.

The Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) has received its fair share of problems and setbacks over its long history. Following recent petitions against the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) recommendation to convert Joubert Park to a taxi rank, this week saw the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the Lutyens Building, one of the oldest within the South African art establishment, on 10 November 2015.


The Artist's Prism at Eclectica Modern Gallery

Posted on 6 November 2015 in News.

By selecting an object or idea that is refracted through the psyche of the artist, something other transpires. Anthony Cawood, Jeremy Dyer, Paul Birchall and Wonder Marthinus interpret this in their own unique way in The Artist`s Prism at Eclectica Modern Gallery in Cape Town.


The equation of variables with Loeritha Saayman

Posted on 5 November 2015 in Art View.

Flowing Ground and Other Variables explores Loeritha Saayman`s exploration of the ever changing environment that comes with the seasons and age as well as the change in the social and economic climate. She portrays mundane objects and daily rituals in mixed media landscapes, portraits and still lifes. We asked Loeritha about her latest exhibition and the symbols and metaphors she uses in her works.


Print isn't dead - South Africa's First Print Fair

Posted on 27 October 2015 by Marilyn de Freitas in News.

Prints are often overlooked in favor of painting or sculpture but fine art prints also offer viewers the opportunity to closely examine and appreciate what they have to offer by way of design, artistry, and the unusual techniques with which they are made. Sharon Sampson Studio in association with various professional printmakers is launching the inaugural South African Fine Art Print Fair (FAP) at GIBS in Johannesburg.


The pretty ponies of Nicolene Swanepoel

Posted on 23 October 2015 by Marilyn de Freitas in Art View.

Nicolene Swanepoel`s latest solo exhibition Pretty Ponies, at IS Art in Franschhoek, features paintings, drawings, and ceramic and bronze sculpture that frivolously paints unencumbered, pretty ponies, rather than serious, embattled steeds. We asked Nicolene about the use of horses in her work and her exploration of various media.


Directing the Fair - Q & A with Cape Town Art Fair director Matthew Partridge

Posted on 15 October 2015 by Marilyn de Freitas in News.

There's no question that the art fair has become an entrenched role in the way art galleries conduct its business and marketing. The Cape Town Art Fair presents its fourth edition at its newly appointed home, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in February 2016. We caught up with the newly appointed Fair director, Matthew Partridge, on what we can expect from next year's art fair, buyer trends, and art he likes to collect.


Celebration of Art - Inaugural Four School's Art Exhibition

Posted on 21 September 2015 by Marilyn de Freitas in News.

The inaugural Four School's Art Exhibition featuring Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool, Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool, Pretoria Boys High School and Pretoria High School for Girls has re-emphasized the importance of visual arts in schools.


Sasol New Signatures 2015 Finalists

Posted on 7 September 2015 in News.

The finalists of the 2015 Sasol New Signatures Competition were Nelmarie du Preez, Mareli Janse van Rensburg, Colleen Winter, Sethembile Msezane, Bronwyn Katz, Nazeerah Jacub, and Rory Emmett. View more about their winning works.


The merging of traditional and digital at Sasol New Signatures 2015

Posted on 7 September 2015 by Marilyn de Freitas in News.

As society moves away from the traditional mediums we have come to understand as art and becomes increasingly embedded within the digital, tools such as computers, smartphones, tablets and the internet have become a new form of 'medium' or 'mode' of creativity. The winning works of this year's Sasol New Signatures competition display these changes within the visual arts.


Artistry and Anarchy - Wim Botha dismantles the iconography of the Pieta once again

Posted on 25 August 2015 by Philip van Emmenis in Review.

One has, through the years of his resounding career, come to approach an exhibition by Wim Botha with a certain expectation of which his most recent has seem to live up to. The intertextualization with the past continues with the addition of paintings has somehow turned this particular show at the Stevenson Gallery into something personal.


Nigrini masterpiece on show again after 21 years

Posted on 6 August 2015 in News.

The Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch has recently re-hung part of it's collection, including Michele Nigrini's extraordinary Kleursimfonie. This panel installation, comprised of 395 A4 sized paintings, was acquired by Dr Anton Rupert in 1993 and displayed for the first time in 21 years.


Exploring the Johannesburg landscape - An interview with Lynette van Tonder

Posted on 17 July 2015 in Art View.

Lynette van Tonder told us about her online exhibition, Urbanism which explores the relationship between a Euro-African woman and her mother-city, Johannesburg. Architecture, flesh, masculine and feminine states, relationships and isolation, bravery and fear inform this body of work.


The landscapes of Michel le Sueur - An interview with a fine art photographer

Posted on 3 July 2015 in Art View.

We caught up with fine art photographer Michel le Sueur and asked him about his work and his current online exhibition with us, DuneScapes | LagoonScapes which explores recent trips to the West Coast of South Africa.


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