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Archive 2016

Sculpture-Bombing: Saadjies sculptures pop up in various cities

Posted on 13 October 2016

The project features travelling 180mm³ miniature sculptures photographed in various urban locations all over the world.

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

Posted on 9 September 2016 by Marilyn de Freitas

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

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

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

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.

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

Posted on 28 July 2016

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

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

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

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. 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

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

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

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

Posted on 3 June 2016

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

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.

10 Questions for Artist Anna-Carien Goosen

Posted on 7 April 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Franli Meintjies captures the sound waves of Pretoria
Deconstructed copper microorganisms by Ingrid Bolton