SANAVA promotes visual arts, develops visual artists and furthers international cooperation in the field of the visual arts Newsletter Nº
April 2017
Avi's notes

The past weeks have been hectic with all the public holidays – but we will survive – as South Africans always do!

It is all systems go for the Sasol New Signatures Art exhibition which will be held at the Pretoria Art Museum from Thursday, 31 August to 8 October. The competition is presented annually in collaboration with the Association of Arts Pretoria. This platform for promoting emerging artists and their work to the art-loving public is not to be missed.

The three-month stay of the 2016 winner of the Gerard Sekoto art competition at the Cité in Paris had to be cancelled due to illness of the winner. We are negotiating another time for the winner to attend. We will keep you posted.

Enjoy the newsletter and keep us updated with happenings in your sphere of operations.

Until next time.

Avitha Sooful
National President
Carina Stander's Bergengel at the Tina Skukan in Pretoria

The opening of the exhibition and book launch of Carina Stander's Bergengel will take place at the Tina Skukan Gallery in Pretoria on Sunday, 7 May at 11:30.

The ink on paper sketches exhibition is presented in cooperation with Protea Boekhuis. The guest speaker is Matthys Boshoff, film director and screenwriter.

Whether it is poetry, prose or the visual arts, almost all of Carina's creative work stems from mysticism. Her visual art is narrative, whilst her written work is known for vivid descriptions that lend a visual character. Often signs of magic realism and surrealism are also evident in both her writing and art.

Within the surrealist movement, interplay occurs between artists and writers who illustrate or write poetically about one another's work. Carina is fascinated by this play between reality and super-reality [surréalisme], delving into the élan vitale, the intuition and search for a sphere of dreams, mystére or secrets. Another art movement conversant in her work is the so-called Naive Art, and, through Art Nouveau, she turns to a reference network of collective symbols rooted in the female motive and botany.

Die Bergengel is the first book in a trilogy. As an allegory, extended metaphor or parable, there is an interplay with the tradition of ancient Jewish religious writings like The Book of Enoch, well known Bible stories and fables. Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet and Dante's Inferno also form part of the inter-textual weaving net. Like The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, there are signs of magic realism and a boy's journey into an inner landscape.

The biggest spark for the creation of Die Bergengel however, was a wealth of diary entries whilst traveling the desert mountains, snowy mountains, mountain islands, forest mountains, mountainous cities and the volcanic mountains of two dozen countries. It is the photos which Carina took on these travels, which she used as a visual reference for her art exhibition at the launch of her latest novel, Die Bergengel.

The exhibition is on until 1 June.

For more information phone 012 991 1733, 083 653 6928, e-mail
Kirstenbosch launch of Society of Artists members' artworks

The Society of Artist's first members' meeting for 2017 will be held at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, 3 May at 18:00.

The exhibition will be officially opened by Liesl Hartman, Principal of the Peter Clarke Art Centre.

The exhibition is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00 until Sunday, 14 May.

For more information phone 021 671 8941, e-mail, or visit
Happenings @ the Association of Arts, Pretoria

Prof Alexander Duffey, well-known art historian, will present a series of presentations on some of the world's greatest artworks of all time at the Association of Arts Pretoria.

Each presentation is about an hour long, with a short discussion and time for questions.

On Wednesday, 17 May the discussion will be about the Ghent altarpiece by Jan van Eyck. On Wednesday, 14 June the Isenheim altarpiece by Matthias Grunewald will be discussed and on Wednesday, 13 September Primavera by Botticelli is the discussion point.

Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper is up for discussion on Wednesday, 11 October with the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo Buonarotti on the agenda for Wednesday, 15 November.

The lectures start at 18:00 for 18:30 and the cost is R100 per person per lecture, payable in cash at the door.

Book your seat by e-mailing your name, e-mail address and cell phone number to For more formation phone 012 346 3100 or visit

The association's Annual General Meeting takes place on Wednesday, 24 May at 17:30 at 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria.

All paid-up members of the association may nominate active and enthusiastic candidates for the 2017/18 council. Nominated candidates must be paid-up members of the association and nominations must be seconded by another paid-up member.

Nomination forms can be obtained from the association - contact Pieter van Heerden or Nandi Hilliard. Completed nomination forms must reach the association before Friday, 19 May.

In the meantime it is all systems go for the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition which is on at the Pretoria Art Museum from Thursday, 31 August to 8 October.

The competition is presented annually in collaboration with the Association of Arts Pretoria. As the longest running art competition in South Africa, – now in its 28th year – it has been a platform for promoting emerging artists and their work to the art-loving public.

Contemporary, innovative and emerging artists wanting to ‘be discovered' are invited to submit their artworks at one of several collection points around the country between 10:00 and 16:00 on Thursday, 29 and Friday, 30 June.

For more information visit or, or contact Nandi Hilliard at the association on 012 346 3100/083 288 5117, or email
Enrol now for the Tshwane Bauhaus art programme

The education assistants of the Pretoria Art Museum will be presenting a series of art-making workshops during May to expose grade 5 to 7 learners to the visual and performance arts.

On 6 May there will be a guided tour and jewellery making, on 13 May printmaking fashion is the theme, still life is the discussion point on 20 May and performance takes centre stage on 27 May. The programme culminates with a talent show on 17 June. The workshop times are from 10:30 to 15:00.

Booking your child for this art-making experience will cost a once-off payment of R100 for the entire programme. The learners must attend all the workshops to make the most of the programme and talent show. Parents are invited to come and enjoy the final show.

For more information and to secure a seat contact Tlotlo Lobelo, 073 163 6536 or, Olwethu de Vos, 076 959 8247 or and Mmutle Kgokong, 012 358 6752 or
Three Makers | Many Marks – on at the Association of Arts Pretoria

An exhibition of bone china and porcelain by John Shirley, Gaby Snyman and Nici Brockwell is on at the Association of Arts, Pretoria until 10 May.

For more information phone 012 346 3100 or e-mail
It's all for elephants – Pumpkin House launches drive to collect funds

Art-Eclect Studio on behalf of Elephants Alive, in collaboration with the Pumpkin House, invite artists to submit an artwork towards raising funds for a collar tracking project in Hoedspruit. Wonderful cash prizes to be won.

Entry forms and info available from For more information contact Karen on
Art.b hosts members' exhibition

The members' exhibition includes artists like Arend Louw, Marcus Moon, Weyers du Toit, Monique Day-Wilde, Hugo de Villiers, Johan Coetzee, Theo Paul Vorster, Anne Wells, Stephan Visagie, Clare Menck, Fanie Scholtz, Brahm van Zyl, Juria le Roux, Mzimasi Funo, Laurette de Jager, Jeanine Bresler and Fanie Marais.

The exhibition is on until 5 May.

art.b Gallery is in the Bellville Library Centre, Carel van Aswegen Street, Bellville.
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