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

It is spring! Let's enjoy and look forward to the endless summer days – as good as these can be in South Africa!

The good news is that Sanava and Barclays have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 International Corporate Art Awards, with the L'Atelier art competition.

The Corporate Art Awards have been developed in collaboration with the LUISS Business School in Rome, Italy to enforce visibility, recognition and reputation for international best practices in the collaboration between the corporate and the art worlds.

We thank the Italian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs, and Barclays for this venture that means so much to young artists.

Until next time.

Avitha Sooful
National President
Stellenbosch Kitchen at Stellenbosch Hotel: Kudu shoulder with pickled waterblommetjies, samp, chacalaka and quince jam.
Helena's at Coopmanhuijs: Beef short rib and nut stew with quince, leeks and almonds.
Food as art and heritage

If art is "the expression or application of creative skill and imagination, especially through a visual medium...", then consider this –

"Chefs are not just craftsmen or artisans, they are expected to offer patrons and critics dishes and menus that stimulate and surprise them, find new methods to manipulate ingredients and interact with technology and design in ways that keep them on the cutting edge and ensure coverage from the press, TV and the internet."

So says Fabio Parasecoli, Professor and Director of Food Studies Initiatives in New York City.

The contemporary high-end food scene, at least on certain levels, enjoys great prestige and intellectual cachet, at times comparable to other more historically affirmed forms of artistic expression.

September is Heritage Month and some culturally aware institutions and tourism organisations include heritage food in their marketing material. For instance, some restaurants in Stellenbosch will have special heritage menus to celebrate our heritage. How creative and imaginative is that!

Certainly worth a try!
The SAMA 2016 conference is here

November will see the South African Museums Association's 2016 national conference being hosted in Pretoria.

The keynote speaker is Dr Christian Greco, Director of the Egyptian Museum in Turin, with an additional event added for Tuesday, 1 November – a guided tour and reception at Freedom Park.

Awards include the publication award, the FitzSimons award for the best paper, the President's award for the best paper presented by a first-time speaker and the Novice Speaker's award for the best paper by a new recruit to the profession.

For more information call Nikki Haw on 012 000 0010.

'Firestarter' by Diane Victor until Saturday, 10 September.

Join Diane Victor at Fried Contemporary for a live demonstration of a new series of works made from the burnt ashes of decommissioned currency. She will quite literally make images from the ashes, breathing new life into otherwise useless pieces of printed paper.

We know that time is money, please note the event is free to attend. However, places are extremely limited as there are only two half-hour sessions scheduled for the day.

Should there not be sufficient places left to accommodate guests, the works will be on show after each of the demonstrations. A video will also be made available on the website and social media platforms documenting the event, should anyone not be able to attend.

Let's burn some money. Let's make some art.

For more information contact or phone 012 346 0158. View the event on Facebook.
Go to Banele Khoza's exhibition

Temporary feelings, an exhibition by Banele Khoza, will be on at the Pretoria Art Museum until 4 September. Don't miss this for sale project solo exhibition.

For more information contact Mmutle A Kgokong at or phone 012 358 6752.
Employment-based training at Spier Arts Acadamy

The Spier Arts Academy near Cape Town offers employment-based training and bursary opportunities in professional mosaic and ceramics.

Recruitment is now open for the 2017 intake. This one-of-a-kind programme is geared towards equipping apprentices with the necessary skills, work experiences and industry connections to run their own creative enterprises after graduation.

Because training is employment-based, apprentices gain invaluable industry experience working on real-world projects - working against production deadlines, collaborating with high calibre artists and learning professional art practices by association. Apprentices are also exposed to the local art and culture scene, via excursions to art studios, galleries, museums and the art library. The ultimate excursion takes the form of a cultural tour of Europe - awarded to third year apprentices who perform consistently well.

Under the direction of Yellowwoods Art, the academy has produced architectural-scale mosaic artworks to critical acclaim. These include two BASA awards and the BAMM award in the UK. It is also an official project of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.

The academy develops previously disadvantaged individuals who aspire to a career in mosaic art or ceramics. The aim is to empower such artists to become business owners and contribute to society by using the mosaic and ceramic art form.

Application forms are available via and can be returned by email, fax, post or hand delivered. The application deadline is 2nd September 2016.

For more information contact Melissa Stemmers on 021 465 9029 or
Glass as conveyor of image 2016

The medium of glass has fascinating qualities.

It can protect, enclose, cover, absorb and project light. It is also one of the most taken-for-granted mediums because we grow up with it around us and we can look right through it.

The artists Diane Victor, Liesl Roos, Berco Wilsenach, Retief van Wyk and Laan Bekker take the medium to levels that force us to look at glass and see what it can absorb, project and convey. The artists are all accomplished in their own particular field, covering a broad spectrum of talent ranging from advertising design to conceptual, glass and fine art.

Each artist has been selected for their own personal approach to the medium and their unique projection of an image on, in or behind it.

The exhibition opens at the Pretoria Art Museum on Wednesday, 21 September. For more information contact Retief van Wyk at or 083 291 0917.
Zelda Stroud (photo Lianne Cox).
Maquettes for proposal (photo Sarah Haines).
Zelda Stroud with the sculptures (photo Sarah Haines).
1956 women’s march veterans and struggle descendants with the sculptures (photo Sarah Haines).
Special future
Honour for Tuks sculptor

Zelda Stroud, a master’s student in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Pretoria, has produced four life-size bronze sculptures of iconic South African women for the Women’s Living Heritage Monument in Pretoria. These four women - Rahima Moosa, Helen Joseph, Lilian Ngoyi and Sophie Williams – were the leaders of the women’s march to the Union Buildings in 1955, and again in 1956, to present petitions to protest the implementation of pass laws for black women.

The four sculptures were unveiled at Lilian Ngoyi Square in Pretoria (adjacent to the State Theatre) as part of the Women’s Day celebrations on 9 August 2016. The Women’s Museum, of which the sculptures form a part, will only be complete in January 2017 and the sculptures have been placed into storage until construction is complete. The only surviving leader of the original protests, Sophie Williams de Bruyn, was present at the unveiling of her sculpture, as were many of the other women’s march veterans.

Stroud initially sculpted the figures as quarter life-size maquettes as part of a proposal for the monument. Once this proposal had been accepted, Stroud sculpted them as life-size figures in plasticine. These were then moulded and cast in bronze by Sculpture Casting Services in Cape Town and patinas were applied by Letter Maqibuko and Deon Maartens according to Stroud’s specifications. The entire process took approximately a year to complete.

Stroud studied sculpture under Peter Schutz at Wits University in the 1980s. She lives and works on a smallholding in the east of Pretoria and teaches part-time in the Department of Jewellery Design and Manufacture at Tshwane University of Technology. She has also produced seven life-size bronzes as part of the National Heritage Project in Pretoria. She was the recipient of a two month stay at the SANAVA apartment at the Cité in Paris at the end of 2014. Her master’s exhibition for the University of Pretoria, which includes her more personal artwork, will be held at Van Wouw House at the end of this year.

View the SABC footage of the unveiling of the statues.
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