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

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner (James Bovard).

Voting for the 2016 municipal elections is in the news and I hope this will remind the SANAVA branches to send us your proxy votes if you are not able to attend or send delegates to the SANAVA AGM to be held in Durbanville in June. Please see the proxy attached.

Thank you to the branches who have responded and who sent us their nominations. The secretariat is processing the nominations for the new executive committee and paid-up members will soon receive an online ballot. Once you have voted, these need to be forwarded to the voting administrator, which will be indicated on the e-mail.

The results will be made known at the Annual General Meeting on 18 June at Rust-en-Vrede. Branch members each have a vote, while affiliates have one vote, executed by the head of each organisation.

The future of SANAVA is in your hands.

I would once again like to urge branches and affiliates to send us news of your activities. Pretoria and Paternoster appear to be the only places where things are happening in the visual arts!

Until next time.

Kind regards
Dirkie Offringa
National President
Reflections goes online

The works submitted to the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust will go on an online auction in April.

Andi Norton, Managing Director of the trust says any potential buyers should send an e-mail to for a reserve price and if they are interested they can participate in the auction. "To ensure a professional online auction, Strauss & Co will be requested to manage the online auction. The time of the auction will be announced soon."

Visit for more information.
Tiny Treaures fundraiser for Art.b

Tiny Treasures, the fundraiser for the Art.b gallery is again hosting this exhibition from 22 June to 14 July. It is open for all artists. All works should be handed in at the gallery from 13 to 17 June.

Themed Homeland, the paintings, either portrait or landscape, should be 15x20cm, including a frame. Entry is free for members and R100 for non-members, which give these participants automatic membership.

Each participant must submit a minimum of two and a maximum of six works. Any medium will be accepted, framed or unframed. The maximum selling price is R1 500 per square, of which 33 percent will go to the gallery.

Members have a special price of R30 per canvas.

For more information call 021 918 2301.
New norms and standards guidelines for South African visual arts sector

VANSA, The Visual Arts Network of South Africa, has been tasked by the Department of Arts and Culture to develop guidelines for the visual arts community.

VANSA is therefore calling for input into guiding principles from all stakeholders in the industry. This is a landmark moment for the visual arts which currently does not employ a universal best practice standard for professional work in the various fields of the sector.

Norms and standards are industry protocols, usually developed by an industry body, by which all stakeholders can or must operate. Guidelines are norms and standards that indicate best practice, but are not legislated. The guidelines will entail a wide range of best practices regarding exhibitions, sales, studios, residencies, insurance, taxes, copyright and freedom of expression.

Only four countries in the world have national norms and standards for the visual arts in place. Such norms and standards are usual industry practice for many other sectors in South Africa, and yet none have been established for the visual arts. Considering that visual arts are such a variant and complex sector, the norms and standards will need to take into account the range of practice and possibility across South Africa.

VANSA is embarking on a consultation process to gain valuable insights and perspectives on the proposed norms and standards guidelines from the sector at large. Physical consultation sessions will be held in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town in April 2016. Platforms for comments and submissions via e-mail and social media are also available.

Consultation meetings will run from 09:30 until 12:00 -
  • 7 April 2016 – VANSA, 1st floor King Kong Building, 6 Verwey Street, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg
  • 8 April 2016 – Durban Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, City Hall, Anton Lembede Street, Durban
  • 15 April 2016 – Association for the Visual Arts, 35 Church Street, Cape Town.
These meetings will serve as an introductory consultation about the planned framework of the guidelines and to solicit comments and contributions.

A further consultation session will be held once a draft version of the document is in place. This will be held on 27 May 2016 at VANSA. These consultations and online submissions will give stakeholders the opportunity to comment on the content of the norms and standards directly. The intention is for the final norms and standards handbook to be completed by July 2016.

More information: RSVP | E-mail | Website
Design Benguela Cove's limited edition tissue paper

Entries are open for the design of the limited edition of the Benguela Cove tissue paper.

Design should exude the Benguela spirit and lifestyle - luxury living, delicious wine and amazing views. Artwork will be printed on tissue paper used to wrap Benguela Cove's wines.

The print size is width 610mm, height 450mm or 61:45 ratio. The medium is ink, fineliner, charcoal, watercolour, pencil, pen, oil and the medium colour black. The production should be black and white print, artwork and Benguela Cove branding.

The winner receives R2 000 in cash, a case of Benguela Cove wine, dinner for two at Benguela on Main and the winning artwork will be displayed at the organisation's tasting room.

The top ten designs will be exhibited at the Manor House at Benguela Cove near Hermanus during FynArts.

Participants need to be 16 years or older and the art needs to be original. Participants need to like the Benguela Cove Facebook page and use that platform as a notice board for all announcements.

All entries need to include artist/designer's name, contact details and a brief description of the artwork as well as a signed disclaimer form for it to be a considered as a valid entry. The artwork should be subject to suitability for printing. Participants need to be available on Monday, 13 June when the winner is chosen.

Submit your A4 designs to The judges' decision is final.

Visit Facebook to see live updates on the competition.
Enter the annual international mail-in art exhibition now

The Federation of Canadian artists' annual arts exhibition is now open for entries.

Themed "home", entries can be entered online. The first prize is $1 000 Canadian Dollars, the second prize $500 Candanian Dollars and the third prize $300 Canadian Dollars. Two honourable mentions of $100 canadian Dollars each are also available.

Artists are encouraged to submit small two-dimensional artworks, that can be delivered in an envelope to the gallery at minimal cost to the artist. All artworks must be no larger than 8" x 10" including an appropriate mat.

Entries cost is $15 per image with up to five images per artist. If successful at jury, two images per artist will display for the exhibition The deadline for submissions is 1 May 2016.

For more information contact, or visit
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SANAVA secretariat
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