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Sharon Sampson explores the cycle of life at Halifax Art

Moved by a series of incidents surrounding a well-nigh 100 year old oak tree in the artist's garden, Sampson explores the cycle of life - growth, maturity, decay, and most significantly, renewal and rejuvenation - occurring in nature in her new exhibition in Johannesburg.

Art Exhibitions Opening This Week: 17 July 2017 - 23 July 2017

Posted on 17 July 2017 in News.

Your weekly guide to art exhibitions happening around South Africa.

The Art Curator Gallery hosts fundraising event in support of the Cape Leopard

Posted on 17 July 2017 in News.

The Art Curator Gallery at Lourensford Estate has joined forces with The Cape Leopard Trust and esteemed South African artist Fuz Caforio Wildlife Art to host a high-calibre fundraising event in support of the ongoing efforts to protect the Cape Leopard and conserve its ever-decreasing natural habitat.

David Koloane Mentorship Award Programme - Call for Applications

Posted on 22 June 2017 in News.

The David Koloane Award is a celebration of the life and career of Dr. David Koloane, internationally respected artist, curator, writer and founder of the Bag Factory Artists' Studios.

Three-dimensional insect sculptures by Retha Buitendach

Posted on 24 May 2017 in News.

Retha Buitendach creates three-dimensional insects - small sculptures assembled from sticks, leaves, pods and seeds.These fantasy insects are very nearly real insects with both a common and Latin name.

Fourthwall Books and Gallery MOMO announce the publication of first major retrospective book on Andrew Tshabangu

Posted on 26 April 2017 in News.

The new publication titled Andrew Tshabangu: Footprints is the first major retrospective book on the work of the acclaimed South African photographer.

Hannelie Coetzee presents the second Art/Science #FireGrazer performance at the NIROX Sculpture Park

Posted on 26 April 2017 in News.

Hannelie Coetzee will direct 'Locust and Grasshopper', the second Art/Science #FireGrazer performance, on 24 June 2017 with the live burning of new imagery onto the grasslands

Know the Show: Wits Art Museum Annual Lecture Series 2017

Posted on 12 April 2017 in News.

Following on the success of last year's lecture series, WAM presents in-depth insights from 19 April - 31 May 2017 into the various exhibitions, artists and artworks included in the 2017 exhibitions programme.

Norman Catherine artworks to be auctioned in Paris

Posted on 11 April 2017 in News.

Works by one of David Bowie's favourite artists - South African Norman Catherine - will go on auction at Piasa in Paris on 20 April 2017.

Sasol New Signatures Art Competition 2017 edition launched

Posted on 10 April 2017 in News.

Discovering and promoting South Africa's artistic talent is at the very heart of Sasol New Signatures Art Competition. Entries for the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition are now officially opened

Banele Khoza announced as winner of 2017 SA Taxi Foundation Art Award

Posted on 6 April 2017 in News.

Banele Khoza wins the 2017 SA Taxi Foundation Art Award with his work, Untitled (triptych), which comments on the complexities of so-called "African identity".

Danelle Janse van Rensburg's bleeding roots explores the interconnectedness of all life

Posted on 27 March 2017 in News.

Danelle Janse van Rensburg's latest solo exhibition, Bleeding Roots at Fried Contemporary in Pretoria, explores the 'interconnectedness' as well as the symbiotic role of the 'Mother Tree' with other younger surrounding trees creating a network of interconnectedness of all life.

Collen Maswanganyi film showcases life-changing opportunities of L'Atelier art competition

Posted on 22 March 2017 in News.

The power of the L'Atelier art competition to open doors for young, emerging artists and provide them with a platform to share their art with the world, is highlighted in a new short film on L'Atelier Merit Award winner, Collen Maswanganyi.

2017 Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition launches 15 March 2017

Posted on 10 March 2017 in News.

Following the success of last year's competition, Phatshoane Henney Attorneys, in association with Oliewenhuis Art Museum, will launch the 2017 Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition on Wednesday, 15 March 2017.

Rivalry to revelry: 2017 art competitions in South Africa

Posted on 15 February 2017 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. takes a look at what 2017 art competition opportunities are available.

Jozi's Ornico City Launches with Art Auction to Benefit Education

Posted on 13 February 2017 in News.

Ornico marks its move from Sandton to the inner city by championing Johannesburg artists and raising funds for Malvern Primary School.

Art Fairs and Festivals to see in 2017

Posted on 7 February 2017 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 have created a handy guide to the South African art fairs and festivals in 2017.

London's Grosvenor Gallery exhibits works by South African Dumeni Feni at Frieze New York in May 2017

Posted on 7 February 2017 in News.

At Frieze New York 2017, Grosvenor Gallery will be exhibiting the work of South African artist Dumile Feni (1942-1991). Exiled from his homeland by Apartheid, he lived in London and New York, until his death there in 1991.

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.

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.

Ruan Huisamen creates hyper-realistic drawings with technical expertise and artistry

Posted on 3 November 2016 in News.

Self-taught artist Ruan Huisamen's charcoal portraits show a mastering of the human form. His portraits are rendered isolated and largely decontextualized within time and space through their mostly dark backgrounds.

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.

Audrey Anderson sketches everyday life

Posted on 6 October 2016 in News.

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

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.

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.

Allen Laing creates a series of mixed media sculptural inventions

Posted on 11 August 2016 in News.

South African artist Allen Laing creates highly crafted artistic 'inventions' that perform interesting tasks. His interactive artworks made from everyday objects function as a new means to execute menial tasks, such as listening, seeing, smoking and taking a leak.

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

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).

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. 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. 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. 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.