SANAVA promotes visual arts, develops visual artists and furthers international cooperation in the field of the visual arts Newsletter Nº
April 2015
Dirkie's dialogue...

The love of art is a subjective experience, which comes to us through our sympathetic eye. Our own eyes are the key to making art our solace, our delight and comfort, our clarifier and mentor. Art can be our inspiration because it can fill us with the urge and ability to do or feel something. We should use our own eyes, train them and trust them.

Training is always on the SANAVA management's agenda - not necessarily training artists because many of our branches are involved in presenting practical workshops. Depending on funding, SANAVA is thinking more in terms of supporting your hopes and ambitions by unpacking the business of the arts, exploring basic business practices or perhaps art appreciation. Would your members be interested?

Please let us know your needs regarding seminars and workshops.

Next month's SANAVA Matters will reach you while you will be on your way to Paternoster on the West Coast for the SANAVA Annual General Meeting - we are looking forward to seeing you there from 4 June!

Kind regards
Dirkie Offringa
National President
African Arts Institute offers a cultural entrepreneurship training course

Applications are now open for suitable Learning Partners to join the 10-day Cultural Entrepreneurship Course in Cape Town in June.

Who can attend?
Cultural entrepreneurs from English-speaking African countries

Where will it take place?
Cape Town, South Africa

15 to 24 June 2015*

As part of the broader African Cultural Leadership Programme, which has been running since 2012 in more than 41 African countries, applications are now open for suitable learning partners to join the 10-day Cultural Entrepreneurship Course in Cape Town in June.

We are looking for creative business minds that have a few years' experience as cultural entrepreneurs, are inspiring and creative, are innovators and risk takers in the cultural and creative industries in their country and are dedicated to transforming and contributing to the sustainability of the creative and cultural sector. Being an active member of a professional arts network, such as Arterial Network, is an added advantage.

This course seeks to nurture, mentor and empower cultural entrepreneurs to better their trade in cultural goods and services and at the same time, contribute to sustainable professional networks. The course will be run by MBA trained leaders, artist professionals and cultural policy experts.

A maximum of 20 applicants will be accepted onto the course, with full scholarships. The deadline for applications is Friday, 08 May 2015.

Download the application form, or e-mail to be sent an application form directly.

About the African Cultural Leadership Programme

The Cultural Entrepreneurship Course is part of a larger programme called the African Cultural Leadership Programme. This programme is funded by the European Union's Investing in People's Programme, with financial and collegiate support from the Goethe Institut, Arterial Network and four regional training partners - Go Down Art Centre (Kenya, East Africa), Group 30 (Senegal, West Africa), Doula'Art (Cameroon, Central Africa) and Racines (Morocco, North Africa).

The African Arts Institute is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, who will be co-funding partners of this course.

For more information, contact or call 021 465 9027.

Read more about the African Arts Institute and its programmes: and

* dates may change slightly.
Meet SANAVA exco member Barry Gibb

My biography

I was born in Durban, attended Mansfield High School and decided to make a career of art after winning art bursaries each year - the last one was to do a three-year commercial design course at the Natal Technical College. After working as a display artist at Greenacres department store for a year, I did a four-year art teacher's course at the Natal Tech and acquired a post at the East London Tech College Art School, specialising in Art History.

I was transferred to what was to become the Belgravia Art Centre in 1969, becoming headmaster in 1973, continuing until 1996. During that time I completed my Bachelors of Fine Arts through Unisa and my masters through Rhodes University.

Since taking retirement I was initially an artist having one man shows in Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Stellenbosch, Durbanville and Cape Town - largely related to a three-month stay at the Cité des Arts in Paris which required an exhibition and a lecture related to Paris which led to a revival of my lecturing.

I continue to exhibit on the three annuals of our East London art society of which I was the chairman for 15 years and have repeatedly represented them at the annual AGMs of SANAVA. I have also served on the SANAVA selection committee for our region and later became chairman of the East London High School's Art Teacher's Committee until I retired.

I was recently co-opted onto the national committee of SANAVA. Over the last few years I have concentrated more on being a freelance lecturer, on different aspects of Art History. I continue to lecture in different cities around the country.

Barry Gibb
It would be nice to see you – At the SANAVA AGM in Paternoster on 5 and 6 June

This unique fisherman's village in the Western Cape is gearing up to welcome you, SANAVA member, for the AGM.

The Mayor of the Greater West Coast Municipality will officiate, individual artists and art studios are planning special pre- and post-AGM courses, world-renowned artist Herman van Nazareth - the 2015 Woordfees artist in Stellenbosch - has something up his sleeve to leave a SANAVA legacy to the children of Paternoster and the Paternoster Peoples' Partnership community programme will also be involved. The final programme will be distributed soon.

Accommodation booking agents Stay in Paternoster and Paternoster Rentals are partnering with SANAVA and are offering members special rates during this time – contact them now!

Furthermore, renowned Paternoster artists Dianne Heesom-Green, SANAVA Paternoster branch member who runs the Stone Fish Gallery and At Botha who has just opened a gallery, will be offering pre- and post AGM courses. Contact them on 082 824 8917, and 082 901 1353, for your art course needs.

Please complete the attached attendance form and e-mail to

It will be nice to see you in Paternoster!

Report back on the article in last month's SANAVA Matters about the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) conference in Bloemfontein recently.

Such a sad state of affairs. If a country can be judged on its appreciation of art and nurturing of artists then indeed CCIFSA are representative of the state of our nation.

South Africa has a rich treasury of untapped artists who could be upheld and encouraged to blossom into the international market, an explosion of talent visited upon a curious world. Yet, once again, our juvenile democracy has shown its bratty behaviour in shamefully scrambling for graft and self-serve.

Art development and exposure will have to depend on itself and stagger on independently. However, isn't this where true artistic expressions thrive best?

Di Heesom-Green
Tshepo Mosopa wins first SA Taxi Foundation art award

Art South Africa, April 2015

Five finalists and a winner have been announced for the first SA Taxi Foundation Art Award, marking the first crossover between art and design as an award criterion and the first time art will be taken to the public as a moving exhibition – on minibus taxis!

A winning team – From left Ross Passmoor (finalist), Bonisile Makubalo (SA Taxi Foundation Director), Tshepo Mosopa (Winner), Teresa Lizamore (Lizamore & Associates Gallery director), Kalnisha Singh (SA Taxi Foundation Director), Hiten Bawa. (Finalist), Lindi Tshabangu (Headlines Account Director), Khanyisa Dada (finalist) and Alison Riordan (finalist). Image courtesy of SA Taxi Foundation Art Award.
Artists were tasked with creating a work of art around the theme of 'destination' and then interpreting that work as a decal to be carried on minibus taxis.

The judges were unanimous in naming Pretoria born Tshepo Mosopa as the first winner of the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award. He was also the first recipient of the Reinhold Cassirer Award (2011) supported by Nadine Gordimer at the Bag Factory Artists Studio, he has won a number of other art awards, and has participated in local and international residencies. He is a full time resident artist at the Bag Factory Artist Studios in Newtown, Johannesburg. His winning artwork, Transit, depicts people in the various attitudes they adopt when riding in a minibus taxis.

He received a cash prize of R50 000. Each of the five finalists, Alison Riordan, Bev Butkow, Hiten Mohanlal Bawa, Khanyisa Dada and Ross Passmoor received a cash prize of R10 000. In addition to their artwork being displayed at the Lizamore & Associates Gallery in Rosebank, Johannesburg, each artist's winning design will also be displayed on ten minibus taxis in different areas of the country for six months.

Finalist Bev Butkow, married mother of four and a certified accountant, gave up her formal career at the age of 40 to devote herself to art. She seeks to integrate her community work into her art. Part of the proceeds from the sale of her work goes towards community projects.

Hiten Bawa is an architect in training with a focus on universal design consulting. He is committed to improving accessibility in the built environment and challenging socio-cultural attitudes and perceptions towards people with disabilities.

Khanyisa Dada. 2015. Siyaphambili Siyaphezulu, Digital illustration, 59 x 84cm
Khanyisa Dada, a Johannesburg raised and Cape Town based art student in her third year of visual art at the University of Cape Town's Michaelis School of Art, focuses on sculpture but is also a skilled painter and digital illustrator.

Raised in Hilton near Pietermaritzburg, Ross Passmoor initially studied ceramics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, going on to achieve his masters (Cum Laude) focusing primarily on printmaking. After teaching for a while in Durban, he moved to Johannesburg to pursue a career in art and has had residencies at Assemblage Studios and the Bag Factory studios in Newton.

Alison Riordan, a graphic designer from Cape Town, has worked in advertising agencies locally and overseas and has sold her work in Canada, Australia, and Europe. Her artworks have been made into mosaics by Spier Arts Academy.

The judges made two special awards, one to fourth year art student, Banele Khoza, for outstanding artwork and the other to graphic designer, Kingsley Palime, for an outstanding decal design.

Art critic, historian, and mentor, Mary Corrigall, one of the three judges of the competition, says that the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award will have the effect of democratising art.

"The transience of the art, which will be seen in flashes as its moving canvas weaves in and out of traffic, lends it a different kind of value - 'embedding' artistic expression into the fabric of people's lives.".
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