SANAVA promotes visual arts, develops visual artists and furthers international cooperation in the field of the visual arts Newsletter Nº
February 2016
Dirkie's Dialogue

British bank, Barclays has confirmed it will be selling its stake in Barclays Africa in two to three years. In the meantime, for L'Atelier it is business as usual. We will keep you posted.

The 2016 SANAVA Annual General Meeting will this year be hosted at the vibrant Rust-en-Vrede Gallery and Clay Museum in Durbanville, Western Cape on Saturday 18 June.

You can look forward to a number of exhibitions and displays in the studios at 10 Wellington Road, Durbanville. Once again we have chosen a national monument with a fascinating history.

We trust that the SANAVA affiliates and branches will make an effort to attend – who would want to miss the opportunity to spend a few days in the spectacular Winelands? If your branch is unable to send a representative, kindly let the SANAVA secretariat have your proxy vote.

The term of the current SANAVA executive committee comes to an end this year and you will soon receive nomination forms with more details. As a rule the outgoing national president stays on as one of the deputy presidents for the sake of continuity.

Let's see you turn up at the Annual General Meeting in droves!

Until next time.

Kind regards
Dirkie Offringa
National President
Durbanville – a perfect getaway

Rust-en-Vrede was originally built in the 1840's as a prison and police headquarters. It also served as a magistrate's court. It is here that the first Village Management Committee meetings were held. In 1901, with the registering of Durbanville as a municipality, the first council meetings were also held in the building.

In 1927 the building was sold to Mr Robert John Meneely, a clock maker. After the demise of Mr and Mrs Meneely the municipality bought the property from the estate in 1978 and the slow process of restoration began. It was during this time, in 1981, that the Durbanville Cultural Society was officially established.

It was decided that, in conjunction with the council, the Durbanville Cultural Society would run the building as an arts and culture centre. The complex now houses a gallery, clay museum, various art studios and the coffee shop, YOCO Eatery. SANAVA is proud to count the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery among our branch members.

Durbanville is in the heart of the wine country, surrounded by nine estates on the beautiful rolling Tygerberg Hills. It is only 20 km north of Cape Town and if you should decide to turn this into a holiday, you will find lots to do – golf, a local casino, a 309 hectare nature reserve and lots more. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to wining and dining.

For accommodation information in Durbanville, visit‎,‎, Accommodation Direct, or Rooms for Africa.

Aesthetica art prize 2016 - Call for entries

The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 is now open for entries. Now in its ninth year, the prize is an internationally renowned award presented by Aesthetica Magazine that enables emerging and established artists to showcase their work and further their involvement in the art world.

Prizes include £5,000 courtesy of Hiscox, a group exhibition and editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine (global readership in print and digital of 284 000), £1,000 student prize courtesy of Hiscox, group exhibition and publication in an anthology of 100 contemporary artists.

Categories for entry are Photographic & Digital Art, Painting & Drawing, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture and Video, Installation & Performance.

View/download images of previous finalists' work.

Submissions close 31 August 2016. To enter, visit
2016 at a glance at the Association of Arts, Pretoria

The Association of Arts Pretoria has a full programme.

It started off with the members' exhibition at the end of January, followed by a retrospective exhibition of the work of Joan Bender-Fourie. Apart from important upcoming exhibitions and walkabouts the gallery will host two book launches in March and will be open for the Art Meander in March and April.

Please diarise these dates of events and exhibitions for March, April and May.
  • Friday, 4 March at 18:30 for 19:00
    Opening of Into the Light, the Easter exhibition with works by Nikolai Loukakis, Anna Wilson and students of Corné van Eck's Gables Art Studio. The exhibition runs till Thursday 24 March.

  • Sunday, 6 March from 10:00 to 14:00
    The gallery is open for the art meander.

  • Sunday, 6 March at 10:30 for 11:00
    The book launch of 'Home from Home for South African Visual Artists, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France' (1983 - 2014) by Anton Loubser.

  • Friday, 18 March at 18:30
    The book launch of 'Die storie van 'n huis – Fabels en feeste van La Creuzette' by Louis Jansen van Vuuren and Hardy Olivier. A couple of new works by Louis Jansen van Vuuren will also be exhibited.

  • Sunday, 3 April from 10:00 to 14:00
    The gallery is open for the art meander.

  • Sunday, 3 April at 10:00 for 11:00
    Opening/launch of the Potter of the month pop up exhibition – Nicky Brockwell.

  • Tuesday, 5 April 2016 to Saturday 30 April 2016
    PPC Imaginarium finalist exhibition.

  • Saturday, 9 April from 09:30 to 14:00
    POTTERS Market

  • Friday, 15 April at 18:00 for 18:30
    Launch of the 2016/2017 PPC Imaginarium awards.

  • Friday, 6 May at 18:30 for 19:00
    Opening of Codex Magdalene and Monuments Magdalene - an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Majak Bredell. The exhibition runs until Wednesday, 24 May.

  • Saturday, 21 May at 11:00
    Codex Magdalene and Monuments Magdalene - walkabout with Majak Bredell and Dr Piet Muller.

  • Friday, 27 May at 18:30 for 19:00
    Opening of an exhibition of paintings by Jaco Benade and sculptures by Marieke Prinsloo. The exhibition runs till Tuesday, 14 June.
For more formation call Nandi Hilliard on 012 346 3100.
Recommended exhibitions around the world
  • 19 February to 22 May
    Palais des Beaux-Arts Bruxelles - exhibition by Daniel Buren. Belgium / Brussels.

  • 19 February to 17 March, Hong Kong
    Exhibition Garth Weiser by Simon Lee.

  • 20 February to 22 May
    Exhibition HERE AND NOW by Heimo Zobernig, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany.

  • 20 February to 4 July
    Exhibition by Morris Graves - The Nature of Things, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA.
NIROX bonds modern art and soulful nature

Daniel McCaughtry for

I found myself there. Amid the pretentiousness and overpriced culinary and alcoholic delights there was something else at play. The trip had not taken too long, a brief skate through the place rumoured to have birthed all of humanity. Sometimes I am prone to loath this Maropeng, this beginning of an alien species wreaking havoc through the earth. Although largely undesirable, humans have an innate ability to glorify nature where it deserves to be glorified. Slightly outside of the smog-infested, cretinous Johannesburg, The Cradle of Humankind is one such place and if you delve a little deeper you'll find the wonder that is NIROX.

NIROX is first a sculpture park and second an occasional events venue that embraces nature like not many other places I've experienced. Yes, much of it is manufactured but the attention to detail required to create such unique atmosphere takes a little less industry and a little more love and care. Art hasn't always befuddled me to the extent that it has others I know. However pretentious it may sound, I simply don't care, and can fully appreciate a bright pink pole reaching high into the sky. Easy to create but conceptually it complements the placid dams scattered with oversized lily pads. Something out of a story book as the landscape stretches out and embraces the modern art and nature as though both had been there since the dawn of time.

I was taken in by first the curiosity then the beauty. Curious as the art instalments are thankfully not close to each other but given their own platform, their own space to breathe and be admired by not only the human population that descended on NIROX for Valentine's Day but Mother Nature herself. Everyone loves accessories and by striking the right blend between art and the natural surrounds you have nothing else to feel when you're there but the sense of inhaling and exhaling deeply with your eyes closed without any of those nagging troubles that all exist within us to cloud your moment.

For Valentine's it wasn't about live music to get you partying hard and drunkenly bumping into other people but a celebration of acoustic blues and love. Calming songs that stirred something different in all the attendees, and occasionally picked up their tempo, while stretching out on the embankment overlooking the willows and body of water behind the stage was the ideal combination for the 14th.

With the spate of anti-Valentine's parties that seem to be getting trendier and trendier it was great to actually attend a festival that embraced the day and the meaning behind it. I was there alone, like every year, but I'm not a hater. Just like how Women's Day is for women, Valentine's is for couples and lovers. An excuse to appreciate their love for one another and if you aren't down with that then just don't ruin it for anyone else.

NIROX is a special place in what feels like the heart of the earth. A paradise created in The Cradle. It needs to be experienced and appreciated. If only we had more of these places closer to the inner city, which is a possibility if they were as well-maintained, we'd all have an escape to shake away our stress and love being alive.

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