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

It is official – it's holiday time!

It is time to enjoy the South African summer weather with family and friends, reminisce about the eventful 2016 and most of all, to celebrate!

A year ago, when the new four-day minister of finance was appointed (and recalled), the result was financial havoc. As a result, a number of bookings at our studios at the Cité, some made two years in advance, were cancelled overnight – not because people did not want to go any longer, but because they could not afford it.

It took some work over last year's festive season to contact people who showed interest, and I am pleased to say that all the studios were occupied in 2016. 2017 also looks bright and we will open bookings for 2018 in the New Year.

We are finding a trend by gallery owners to open artists' retreats – a case of 'local is lekker'. Whilst SANAVA supports such business ventures, the association will make sure that quality is never forfeited. Please feel free to contact us should you need any guidance in this regard.

All the best to you and yours for the festive season – we will talk in 2017!

Until next time.

Avitha Sooful
National President
Craig Muller's Matchbox Typhoon at the Arts Association, Pretoria

Craig Muller's latest works are now on view at the Arts Association, Pretoria.

His work covers a broad range of subjects, with a mixture of humour and intellect. He expresses objects, animals and machinery in a buoyant, colourful way and provokes the viewer to reassess our world through his vision.

His work includes mechanical attributes with a similarity to observations of the physical world.

Don't miss this exhibition.

For more information phone 012 346 3100.
And don't miss the association's annual members' exhibition

The Association of Arts, Pretoria is hosting its annual members' exhibition from Friday, 31 March 2017 to Tuesday, 18 April 2017. See more details regarding the conditions of entry below.

The members' exhibition coincides with our celebration of World Art Day which falls on 15 April (Easter weekend).

This is an unselected exhibition.
There is no specific theme.
Only one work per member is allowed.
Works to be submitted must preferably be executed on the canvases which the Association provides at R275-00. Please do not frame the canvases.

For curatorial purposes two dimensional works must be 50cm x 50cm inclusive of the frame. Three dimensional works must not exceed 100cm x 100cm x 100cm in any direction. Three dimensional works may however be smaller than 50cm x 50cm x 50cm.

It is the artist's responsibility to make sure that the work is fitted with flat hanging brackets or ringlets and nylon cord in order that it may be easily hung.

The name of the artist, title of work, medium, date and selling price (33⅓ gallery commission included) must be clearly displayed at the back or base of each work.

The attached entry form must be completed and delivered along with the work to the Association of Arts Pretoria.

The entry fee is R100,00 and is payable when the work is delivered to the gallery.

Only fully paid-up members may participate in the exhibition.

Works must be delivered to the gallery on Tuesday 28 March 2017 between 10:00 and 17:00.

The exhibition is opening on Friday 31 March 2017 at 18:30 for 19:00.

All unsold works must be collected from the gallery on Wednesday 19 April 2017 between 09:00 and 13:00. The Association of Arts Pretoria does not have storage space therefore works must be collected as specified in order to avoid potential damage or loss.

Although the greatest care is taken, the gallery does not accept any responsibility for the loss or damage to the work of an artist while in the care of the gallery. All works are exhibited in the gallery at the artist's own risk.

Please remember that your membership fees must be paid-up fully if you want to participate in the exhibition.

For more information phone Pieter or Nandi on 012 346 3100.
West Coast Art Fair off on a high

The standard was set during the judgement of entries for the West Coast Art Fair exhibition last month and the West Coast sees a travelling exhibition in no less than four venues in December.

The first is at the Blue Bay Lodge in Saldanha Bay from 12 to 14 December, followed by the Stonefish Gallery in Paternoster from 15 to 17 December, the ArtSquare@Hanli, Pumpkin House in Langebaan on 18 December and the Protea Hotel in Saldanha Bay from 19 to 23 December.

Be sure to attend one of these exhibitions if you find yourself in the vicinity.
IKEA loves earth

This is the first street art performance that helps cities suffocated by smog to breathe again.

The street artists have created original murals using Airlite, a special paint that, through the energy of light, is capable of reducing pollutants present in the air by up to 88.8%.

View their laudable efforts on YouTube.
Piet Grobler @ Tina Skukan in Pretoria

Piet Grobler will exhibit his illustrations, aptly named TONGUE IN CHEEK, at the Tina Skukan Gallery in Pretoria until 17 December.

The illustrations all appeared in the Sunday Times and are humorous or tongue-in-cheek renderings of travel anecdotes edited by Paul Ash or playful interpretations of Sue de Groot's ponderings on the complexities, quirks and intricacies of the English language.

For more information phone 012 991 1733, 083 653 6928, e-mail, Visit
Ian Strauss exhibits "Krap inni As"

Art.b and the Arts Association of Bellville invite you to this solo exhibition of charcoal renderings by Ian Strauss until 14 December.

Art.b Gallery is in the Bellville Library Centre, Carel van Aswegen Street, Bellville.
Paint in Langebaan on the West Coast

The Pumpkin House will open its doors in 2017 to all artists seeking a creative space to work in and to renew their artistic energy.

The Studio/gallery offers working space and artists are welcome to make use of the tranquil garden to work in.

Rooms can be rented on a daily or weekly basis, single rates and sharing available. All rooms are en-suite with a bar fridge and coffee facilities and enter into a communal enclosed garden.

Make use of the kitchen, order a meal or eat at one of the local restaurants.

Artists' dinners allow you to share ideas and conversations with local and visiting artists, while you can meet local artists at the monthly art exhibitions at the studio. You can also host your own workshop.

For more info contact Hanli for a custom made package on 082 853 8187, e-mail
Art Africa Fair 2017

The date for Art Africa Fair is set for a month, starting on 17 February next year at the Jubilee Hall at the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town.

The organisers are adamant that this exhibition is certain to make a considerable contribution to the development of contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora.

As a start the international curators have been announced.

Salimata Diop of Senegal/France is the curator for 'bright young things'.

Uche Okpa-Iroha from Nigeria is the curator for photography and lens-based media.

Pierre-Christophe Gam of Cameroon/France/United Kingdom will be the curator for the VIP lounge and the social hub/invited artist.

Thembinkosi Goniwe and Ruzy Rusike of South Africa are responsible for the mentor-mentee dialogue for the curation of 'South Africa: contemporary art now'.

For more info go to
News from VANSA

The Best Practice Guide for the Visual Arts in South Africa has been launched!

Click here to download your copy or to book for one of the info sessions.
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