SANAVA promotes visual arts, develops visual artists and furthers international cooperation in the field of the visual arts Newsletter Nº
July 2016
Avi's notes

We are in the midst of winter – which keeps the mind going!

Congratulations once again to the winners of the 2015 Barclays L'Atelier competition. It is the first year that a winner is from beyond the South African shores.

See Business Day article of 14 July 2016 - Self-taught photographer wins Barclays L'Atelier's main prize.

SANAVA's young artists who may enter the competition have expressed their satisfaction that the competition is now on an international level. We are confident that we have now truly entered the international art scene.

As part of her prize, the winner, Nourhan Refaat of Egypt, is booked into the Cité in Paris from January to June 2017, whilst the winner of the Gerard Sekoto prize, Matete Motubatse of South Africa, is booked from May to July 2017. We trust that they will find their stay in the art capital both refreshing and rewarding.

Thank you for the interest in our organisation. The secretariat is finalising the membership invoices for 2016/2017, which will reach you soon.

Enjoy SANAVA Matters and keep on sending your contributions to the secretariat.

Until next time.

Avitha Sooful
National President
Go see the Willem Truter and Margaret Gradwell exhibitions

An exhibition of Willem Truter's charcoal paintings, 'A parlance of reference' and of Margaret Gradwell's 'Impetus to paint' is on at the Association of Arts, Pretoria.

The exhibition runs till 2 August 2016. For more details phone the association on tel 012 346 3100.
For sale project solo exhibition by Banele Khoza at Pretoria Art Museum

The Swaziland-born artist Banele Khoza initially studied fashion at the London International School of Fashion and then fine art at the Tshwane University of Technology.

He has been a tour guide and visual art workshop facilitator at the Pretoria Art Museum, then followed his For Sale Project Exhibition's group show component. For this he worked on a new works consisting of 44 artworks. It covers various artistic techniques such as painting, drawing, digital printing and installation art.

Khoza's work is playful and expressive with metaphorical undertones. Painting is approached with loose, flat-brush strokes on a neutral-to-warm colour palette. The incorporation of handwritten text in the surface creates visual interplay imagery that engages the viewer optically and intellectually in an open-ended conversation.

The For sale project is supported by the Be Part of the Miracle Trust, and is on show until 4 September.

For more information phone 012 358 6750.
The heART of Swaziland

The creativity of a nation shines through in the art work of its people and no country is more artful than the tiny little Kingdom of Swaziland.

Swaziland has an impressive variety of traditional arts and crafts, with many of its products now found in ethnic boutiques around world. The contemporary art scene of Swaziland is rich with fine artists, sculptors and photographers.

The Yebo Art Gallery on the Cultural Village Road in Mantenga represents the best artists in Swaziland and organises new exhibitions on a regular basis - from glass blown artworks, to carvings and sculptures, jewellery, candles and mohair weaving are available.

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Swaziland, the centre also features the Swazi Candles shop, the Ngwenya Glass factory and a handicraft market under the big trees. The centre, in the Malkerns Valley, is open seven days a week from 08:00 to 17:00.

For more information contact the Swaziland Tourism Authority on tel +268 240 496 93 or visit
Win a trip for two to France

Win a trip for two to experience the life and art of Henri Matisse, from the North to the South of France!

Use the #explorecreativefrance hashtag!

Take a picture of yourself or an object or a place with a 'French flair'. Ensure the #explorecreativefrance badge and a copy of Creative Feel's July, August, September or October issue is visible somewhere – that's the only limit.

Post your pic to your favourite social media platform with the hashtag #explorecreativefrance. Also make sure that you follow/like Creative Feel, Atout France and Air France.

Additionally, share your picture – and tag Creative Feel, Atout France and Air France – the more likes or shares your picture receives, the higher your chance of winning!

Entrants that don't follow Creative Feel, Atout France and Air France won't be considered.
Four weeks to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize 2016

There are four weeks left to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize 2016, with major prizes including £5 000, courtesy of Hiscox, a group exhibition, publication in an anthology and editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine.

Other prizes include £250 art supplies vouchers, courtesy of Winsor & Newton and a selection of art publications from Prestel Books.

The categories to enter are photographic and digital art, painting and drawing, three dimensional design and sculpture and video, installation and performance.

Now in its 10th year, the Aesthetica Art Prize is an opportunity for aspiring and established artists to showcase their work to wider, international audiences. Previous winners and longlisted artists have achieved further recognition worldwide and have been featured in exhibitions and private collections.

Submissions close on 31 August 2017. For more information visit To enter visit

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