SANAVA promotes visual arts, develops visual artists and furthers international cooperation in the field of the visual arts Newsletter Nº
October 2014
Breaking news!
SANAVA and Absa renew L'Atelier cooperation

SANAVA and Absa have extended their cooperation in the oldest art competition in South Africa – the L'Atelier – for a further four years.

"This is a mutually beneficial synergy between SANAVA, with is long standing credibility in the South African arts environment and Absa, one of the largest financial institutions in the country with a record of supporting the arts," says SANAVA National President Dirkie Offringa.

"Furthermore, it is great news for our members as they have direct access to the competition. Our branches that are chosen as collection points benefit financially. These are also supported should they choose to present an exhibition of the chosen art works in the collection area. Apart from the financial support, it also assists with publicity for the local artists," says Offringa.

"We are delighted to continue with an agreement that has proven its worth in the past," says Absa Art and Museum Curator, Dr Paul Bayliss.

"Together we will take the L'Atelier to new heights."

Details of the 2015 L'Atelier competition will be announced soon.
Dirkie's dialogue...

It was a good strategic planning session!

Thank you to all the exco members who attended the meeting at the secretariat's office in Pretoria on 11 October.

The meeting resolved that exco member Yvonne Burns and constitution expert Marinus Wiechers will look at the SANAVA constitution, in the words of SANAVA National Vice President, Avitha Sooful, "to render SANAVA with a contemporary constitution".

The suggested changes will be communicated to all members before presenting it to next year's Annual General Meeting.

The meeting also resolved that the cooperation with Absa be extended to jointly present the L'Atelier competition (see breaking news article).

About building the SANAVA brand – I urge you to display our brand at your branches – artwork and specifications available from the secretariat.

This year there have been many events celebrating 20 years of democracy in South Africa. SANAVA has also reflected on our past and our way forward. You all know the jargon when it comes to performance evaluation: key performance indicators, benchmarking, strategic planning, etc. which should lead to improvement. Well, indications are that we are on the right track. We thank our members for their feedback and support. There's still more to come.

We are looking forward to the launch of SANAVA's overhauled website and we invite our branches and affiliates to share their ideas and experiences and especially the positive things happening in the arts. The site will be upgraded to meet modern-day electronic needs. The secretariat will communicate with you for inputs to ensure that the website also serves your needs better.

I once again wish to urge branches and affiliates to forward their mailing lists of members to the SANAVA secretariat who will treat it as confidential and only forward the SANAVA Matters to individuals. Inquiries regarding, for instance, applications for the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris still reach the secretariat in a roundabout way – which means that not everybody is reading SANAVA Matters or is aware of the contact details for the SANAVA secretariat:
Ben Rootman: +27 82 551 4853
PO Box 14176 Hatfield 0028

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Until next time...

Kind regards
Dirkie Offringa
National President
Emerging artists take note – your work will be taken to the streets on minibus taxis

SA Taxi Foundation Art Award drives growth of visual arts in South Africa

The SA Taxi Foundation has launched an art award to nurture the development of emerging artists and provide the broader community with access to the visual arts.

The award will recognise an exceptional work of art in any medium by an artist older than 21 years, who has not yet had a solo exhibition. Entrants must produce an original work informed by the idea of 'destination'. They must then interpret this artwork for the design of a wrap-around decal on a minibus taxi.

"At SA Taxi we make a point of acquiring the works of South African artists that represent the social and cultural milieu in which the taxi industry operates," says SA Taxi Foundation director, Kalnisha Singh.

"While most art competitions focus exclusively on the quality of the artwork submitted, the foundation chose to have the adjudicators for its award look at both the original artwork and the success of the interpreted design, because many artists and creatives find employment through commissioned work and in advertising and marketing agencies. In both cases, the ability to interpret a client's brief is essential."

The work of the winner and five finalists will be displayed as decals on ten taxis per work, for a period of six months. Sixty taxis will therefore function as mobile galleries, taking art to the people.

SA Taxi finances 23 000 of South Africa's 200 000 minibus taxis and can therefore provide access for the artists whose work will be displayed to 40 percent of the country's commuter population.

Each of the six winners will receive prizes worth in excess of R600 000 each, including a portion in cash.

Entrants must be South African citizens or legally resident in the country.

The foundation is partnering with the Lizamore & Associates Gallery in Johannesburg, where a juried selection of works from entrants will be displayed in April 2015. A catalogue of all the works will be produced.
The GP Canitz guest cottage - a creative ambience.
Artists' retreat at Muratie

Are you an artist who wants to leave the rat race for a while to get down to some concentrated, uninterrupted art-making? How does a rustic cottage on the Muratie Wine Estate near Stellenbosch in the Cape sound?

The GP Canitz guest cottage

Originally used as an art studio by renowned Stellenbosch painter and late farm owner George Paul Canitz, the Muratie cottage boasts a classic combination of Old World charm, Bohemian aesthetics and exceptional comfort. Wake up to spectacular views of the Simonsberg mountain range, taste Muratie's award winning wines and experience an estate built on 300 years of art and tradition inspired by Cape viticulture.

The intimate single-storey cottage features a single bedroom, twin beds, en-suite bathroom, lounge, self-catering kitchen and braai facilities. The lounge includes a television and an open fire place. Linen and towels are provided and there is secure parking.

The cottage is nine kms from the restaurants, bars, museums and galleries of the Stellenbosch town centre.

During or after their stay, artists may display their work in the small gallery next to the wine tasting area at Muratie. Artworks will be for sale for the artist's benefit, with a commission of 10 percent going to the Muratie Estate.

For criteria to apply for a retreat visit

For more information contact the secretariat of SANAVA by e-mail at or phone 082 551 4853.
Participate in Aabenraa Artweek 2015 in Aabenraa, Denmark

Aabenraa Artweek is a non-profit initiative focusing on contemporary art in Aabenraa, Denmark through the establishment of an international biennal symposium with an exhibition.

The initiative is funded by Aabenraa Kommune as well as local and national foundations, and has taken place since 2006.

Aabenraa Artweek invites you to a symposium that focuses on working in various town spaces in Aabenraa and Flensburg from 8 to 15 August 2015.

10-14 artists will get the chance to participate, and you will lodge at Højskolen Østersøen, a former hotel situated at the Aabenraa Fjord. From here, there is easy access to the whole town.

The artistic work itself will take place in one of the above-mentioned town spaces, and the focal point will be the cross-border element and the artistic ideas as learning methods in the public space.

The organisers are open to and interested in all forms of expression in visual arts.

They will, so to speak, place your studio among the people in town to act as a catalyst for dialogue, reflection and self-reflection in art. They encourage you, as an artist, to invade the public spaces and be prepared to engage in direct dialogue with the audience.

The application including your proposal for project and concept for Aabenraa Artweek must be sent by 10 November 2014. View the invitation

The budget for use of materials for the project, including specific expenses for the exhibition, must be included in the application. The maximum subsidy is about €700.

You can see the town spaces on the website
SA-UK Seasons project now open

The British Council and the South African Department of Arts & Culture have launched an open call for proposals from artists and institutions to be a part of the SA-UK Seasons project, a shared programme of activities, opportunities and communications.

The SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015 is a collaboration that will see the UK and South Africa engage in creative programmes as a channel to further strengthen cultural relations between the two nations.

Selected proposals will receive a grant to activate existing relationships or create new connections within the arts.

Interested artists and arts organisations in the fields of visual arts, theatre, dance, cinema, literature, music, creative economy and skills development can apply. Entries must be submitted online before or on 23 November 2014.

All projects selected by the joint organising committee will be integrated into the Seasons' programming and will benefit from the overall marketing & PR campaign of the SA-UK Seasons 2014-2015.

For more information and how to apply, visit
We would like to hear from you

Please forward information of your branch [and low-res pictures] to the SANAVA secretariat for inclusion in the newsletter.
SANAVA secretariat
Junxion Communications, e-mail, tel +27 82 551 4853, fax +27 86 615 4876