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

The career coach and artist-advocate, Caroll Michels, says that the most common money-related mistake artists make is a reluctance to invest in their own careers. SANAVA therefore wishes to support our artists and aspiring visual artists and is offering you a basic two-day art business and marketing boot-camp.

We invite all our members to consider the special offer of R400 per person forwarded to you in the recent SANAVA Now. SANAVA branch members will be given priority, but non-members are welcome if you will try to entice them to join your branch!

SANAVA is proud to be a partner in the Barclays L'Atelier art competition which supports and nurtures our emerging artists and provides public exposure to young talent, giving impetus to pursue careers as artists. We once again congratulate the winners which were announced at the glittering gala in Johannesburg on 15 July.

We urge our branch members to spread the word in their communities and encourage young artists to enter this premier art competition in South Africa. Just imagine what an art residency in Paris, Germany or New York, air fare and pocket money included, can do for a young career in visual arts!

We are now looking forward to the Sanlam Portrait Award to be announced on 27 August at the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in Durbanville and the winner of the Sasol New Signatures which will be announced at the Pretoria Art Museum on 2 September.

A word of advice from Andy Warhol: "Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art."

Kind regards
Dirkie Offringa
National President
Barclays L'Atelier – the ten finalists

The winners of the 2015 Barclays L'Atelier art competition were recently announced. SANAVA shared the names of the winners with you in a SANAVA Now newsletter on 16 July.

Many members requested visuals of the ten finalists' work – here they are!

Kweku Ampadu Appah (Worn out family)
Nelmarie du Preez (To Stab)
Jonette Erwee (Coin)
Kai Lossgott (Small and common matters) – Overall winner
Nina Kruger (Those forgotten)
Natalie Moore (Once upon a time Jozi)
Simphiwe Ndzube (Untitled: figure with nails)
Paul Senyol (Simple sentences)
Benjamin Skinner (Happy brain surgeon)
Daandre Steyn (Holofernus contemplating suicide)
Visit to view full profiles and more visuals of the winning artworks.
Afrigami – soothing your soul

In the last year, Afrigami, founded by passionate lover of origami, Ronel Geldenhuys, has quietly played it's part in making people aware of art and the social environment. Geldenhuys has brought the ancient Japanese art of paper folding to Stellenbosch, teaching the art in the communities of Jamestown, Kayamandi and Lynedoch.

On display at the Oude Libertas Art Gallery in Stellenbosch is a permanent installation called Soul Reflections by Geldenhuys. The bird is traditionally seen as a symbol of the soul. The installation comprises 1 000 origami cranes and mirrors to create a magical room where all your stress is dissolved - a room filled with soft chirping sounds and 1 000 origami paper cranes folded, strengthened, attached to quirky swivels and multiplied by surrounding mirrors to create a prayer for world peace.

In this interactive installation, based on the Japanese tradition of making a wish come true with the folding of 1 000 paper cranes, the public is invited by social artist Geldenhuys to take part, enjoy the unique experience and find their own inner peace.

This installation is also part of the Reflections exhibition presented by the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust.

Having recently entered the worlds of modern surgery and space technology, origami is also now being showcased in public spaces, museums and art galleries as artists and the public alike are becoming aware of the phenomena of geometry and all its implications that is inherently part of origami.

What is lesser known are the interesting connections between Origami and South Africa. One of the first books published outside of the Orient on this subject was by a South African, Margaret Campbell. "Paper toy making", published in London in 1937, became a hallmark in the world of paper folding for many years.

More recently, the contemporary artist and Swiss origamist, Sipho Mabona, made the world sit up and notice origami as a form of art. Sipho has his ancestral roots in our Xhosa heritage.

Look out for the new range of origami and origami-inspired metal jewellery created by Afrigami and Ronel Geldenhuys being sold in selected markets.
Association of Arts Pretoria - Chairman's Report

The Association of Arts, Pretoria certainly had a bumper year.

Association Chairperson Piet Muller says no less than 27 exhibitions were hosted in the past financial year.

Speaking at the association's Annual General Meeting, Muller said the exhibitions included those of Retha Buitendach, Jeanne Kotze Louw, Craig Muller, Mimi van der Merwe, Noko Mello, Sedupe Selowa, Ilze Pretorius, Minette Zaaiman, Martin de Kock, Maritha Coetzee, Carla Crafford and Guy du Toit.

"The association's director, Pieter van Heerden, was the official curator of the Innibos Festival's visual arts project. The festival artist was Hanneke Benade and apart from compiling her exhibition, the association also compiled seven other festival exhibitions.

"The association hosted the Save Seven Lives - Act of Giving exhibition of about 60 paintings of artists from Pretoria, Rayton and Centurion. It was presented in collaboration with SANAVA and part of the funds raised were donated to the Organ Donation Foundation of South Africa."

Muller said the Cool Capital 2014 Biennale was the world's first uncurated biennale - a place for the citizens of the capital city to collectively contemplate and express why we love our city, and how we can improve it.

"Art lovers could explore the creative expression that Pretoria has to offer, and were introduced to the wealth of art, architecture, urban and graphic design, public installations, film screenings and musical performances about the city which took place from 29 August to 15 November 2014.

"During the Cool Capital Biennale the association launched the monthly Pretoria Art Meander. Many members of the public and art lovers do not know of the various galleries and studios in Pretoria and where they are located. To guide them the Art Meander was organised on the first Sunday of every month. Art lovers now have a unique opportunity to plan their visits to galleries and studios in a leisurely manner. Almost 20 galleries and artists are part of the meander."

In respect of competitions, Muller said the annual Sasol New Signatures art competition offers an opportunity for emerging artists to build their profile in the arts industry.

"Last year the chairman, Pieter Binsbergen, presented ten information sessions at various educational institutions in the country. Due to the valuable information supplied there, the quality and quantity of entries increases every year. Sasol agreed to increase the prize money - R100 000 for the overall winner, who may also have a solo exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum at the following years' New Signatures exhibition, R25 000 for the runner-up and five merit awards of R10 000 each.

"Concrete was taken to a new level at the 2014 PPC Imaginarium. There are six categories that artists and designers can enter – architecture, film, fashion design, jewellery design, industrial design and sculpture. Innovation, technical excellence and strong conceptual presentation were attributes of the entries submitted.

"The association also handled the L'Atelier exhibition of Pretoria entries. Last year 46 were received of which 20 were selected for the competition. The overall winner, Liberty Battson, hails from Pretoria.

"Last year's activities provide clear evidence that the Association of Arts Pretoria is a cornerstone of our city's cultural life. With the enthusiastic support of our members and artists we are sure to go from strength to strength," said Muller.
Call for Applications for the Artist-in-Residence-Programme 2016

In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies in Austria (Vienna and Salzburg) for 2016.

The residency offers an opportunity to familiarise oneself with the Austrian art scene and cultural environment and to make contact with Austrian artists. Residents are expected to complete a project during their stay.

Activities on offer include visits to galleries, studios and museums, contacts to the literature and publishing sector, as well as access to Vienna's or Salzburg's music life. Whenever possible, the residents will receive free tickets for art and book fairs, performances at the Tanzquartier Wien, the international ImPuls Tanz dance festival and other events.

During their stay in Salzburg, the artists in residence will be taken care of by Kunstverein Salzburg.

There is the possibility of participating actively in the Artists-in-Residence-go-to-School-Programme of KulturKontakt Austria (the programme includes reading events and workshops at Austrian schools).

This call is open to artists whose permanent place of residence is outside of Austria and who have completed their training. Austrian citizens cannot apply for this programme.

A basic working knowledge of German or English is required. The age limit for applicants is 40 years, i.e. the applicants' date of birth has to be after 31 December 1975.

Artists who have already participated in artist-in-residence-programmes organised by KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery or the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture are not eligible for participation.

Applications can be submitted for only one of the following disciplines:
  • Visual arts
  • Art photography
  • Video and media art *
  • Interdisciplinary arts **
  • Composition
  • Literature
  • Literature for children and young people

Download the application form.

Aesthetica Art Prize 2015 - Call for entries

The Aesthetica Art Prize is now open for entries.

Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the award is an internationally renowned prize that presents an opportunity for emerging and established artists to showcase their work to a wider audience and further their involvement in the art world.

Prizes include a group exhibition in partnership with the York Museums Trust, £5 000, publication in an anthology of 100 contemporary artists and editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine with a worldwide readership of 186 000.

Categories for entry are photographic and digital art, painting and drawing, three dimensional design and sculpture, and video, installation and performance.

Judges include influential figures from major organisations such as the National Portrait Gallery, Design Museum and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Submissions close on 31 August 2015.

To enter, visit

For more information contact Alexandra Beresford, 0044 (0)1904 629 137,
West Coast splendour @ the Pumpkin House Gallery

Artist Louise Halliday's rendition of West Coast splendour is open until 9 August at the Pumpkin House Gallery in Langebaan on the West Coast.

Louise's work is alive with vibrant energy created by the use of bright colours and texture- a delightful celebration!

Although a born Capetonian and raised in the Eastern Cape, Louise's love for the West Coast veld and flowers are obvious as she transports the viewer into a world of light and happiness.

She focusses on landscapes, using oils and a palette knife, enjoying texture as well as paintbrush when doing simplified, smooth landscapes. Her inspiration is the environment, creative spirit within oneself and the need to express herself.

For more information phone Hanli on 082 853 8187.
Feel like assisting in a community based project?

Fabric2Paper is looking for artists to collaborate with...

Fabric2Paper is a community based art project group in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria.

The project teaches unemployed youth and women textile design and paper crafts skills.

Fabric2Paper is looking for an individual who is passionate about art and loves working with people.

Benefits of participation are:
  • Workshop experience
  • Collaborating with township creative people
  • Certificate of attendance.

Artists/ print makers who are interested should kindly contact Conny on 082 710 051 or Sino on 076 9595 647, e-mail Find us on Facebook.

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