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

It's AGM time!

SANAVA's Annual General Meeting will take place at the Absa Gallery, 161 Main Street, Johannesburg, from 09:00 to 14:00 on Saturday, 29 July 2017.

A light lunch will be served.

An agenda and minutes of the previous meeting will be forwarded to you soon.

The L'Atelier winners will be announced on 13 September. Read more about this flagship competition in this month's SANAVA Matters.

Also read about female energies at the exhibition at the Skukan Gallery and the street art competition to highlight climate change among the youth, sponsored by the government of Flanders.

Enjoy the newsletter and keep us updated with happenings.

Until next time.

Avitha Sooful
National President
L'Atelier winners announced on 13 September

The winners of the 2017 L'Atelier art competition will be announced on 13 September.

L'Atelier is one of Africa's most prestigious art competitions. It rewards young visual artists aged 21 to 35 with the opportunity to develop their talents abroad.

The competition is continuing to expand across Africa, opening in a number of countries where Barclays Africa has a presence. Artists who are permanent residents of and residing in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Mauritius or Seychelles could enter.

The competition is run in conjunction with SANAVA.
Olaf Bisschoff @ David Ras gallery

Two continents, an exhibition by Olaf Bisschoff, was on at the David Ras gallery in Johannesburg recently.

Born into the South African landscape literally and figuratively, the artist currently lives in Malmö, Sweden. His work never depicts specific mountains and skies, but appeals to the mindset of the viewer for location and mood.

For more information phone 082 492 9777 or e-mail
Female energies seen at Tina Skukan

Trousseau is the joint venture by seven female artists - Deirdre Botha, Nellien Brewer, Kim Gladwin, Lein Smuts, Mimi van der Merwe, Minitza van der Walt and Hetta Pieterse – that is on show at the Tina Skukan gallery in Pretoria until 27 July.

These treasures that a girl traditionally prepares to take with her into her marriage, are presented tongue-in-cheek and make fun of some traditionalist Afrikaner symbols such as the hardy Protea flower, a national emblem – perhaps in marriage, a symbol of endurance? Some light views emerge of playful yet iconic doll-like bride figures – and the viewer is torn between the world of fine arts and womanly crafts.

Hand-made details from crochet bits of flowers in bright colours will lure viewers in – while large, earthy and austere addressing of land rights, birth and death are expressed with a biblical sincerity.

The exhibition will be opened by Laurika Rauch on Sunday, 2 July @ 11:30.

For more information phone 012 991 1733, 083 653 6928, e-mail
Figurative drawing by Hein Botha

A two-day figurative drawing workshop by renowned artist Hein Botha will be presented at ArtKaroo in Oudtshoorn on 15 and 16 July.

Explore the dynamics and skills of figurative drawing with different mediums, including oils.

Hein graduated from Michaelis School or Art. He worked as executive creative director of a multinational advertising agency for many years - all the while painting, exhibiting, illustrating and designing.

His works included designing and illustrating stamps for South Africa, illustrating for corporate magazines and designing and illustrating kids' books. Having spent his career in the broader visual/conceptual realm, Hein enjoys exploring and making new connections and creative statements on a personal level as well as on commission.

The workshop includes all art materials, lunch and artists' dinner on the Saturday night. The cost is R1 800 per person for the two days or R900 per day.

Contact or 044 279 1093 for bookings.
Calibrating Wonder on at the Smith in Cape Town

Calibrating Wonder, a multimedia, collaborative group show facilitated by Lyall Sprong, addresses the capability of artworks to elicit positive change.

The exhibition is the result of a series of shared activities, workshops and talks among artists. They honed in on the idea that material artworks can serve as portals through which change is possible.

In secular, multi-ideological societies, artists are often looked to for existential clues or answers. Artworks then come to play the role of quasi saints in communion with their audience.

Calibrating Wonder presents a collection of mixed media objects offering access to new possibilities.

Participating artists are Brendon Bussy, Nic Grobler, Marsi van de Heuvel, Bonolo Kavula, Zayaan Khan, Simon Kohler, Daniella Mooney, Tristan Nebe, David Plenderleith, Daniela Puccini, Amy Rusch, Lyall Sprong, Marcelle Sprong, Katleho Kano Shoro, Nomfundo Williams and Stuart Ziegler.

The exhibition runs until 22 July 2017 at SMITH, 56 Church Street, Cape Town.
Street art meets climate change

An initiative of the General Representation of the Government of Flanders in Southern Africa aims to get South African youth passionate about climate change.

"The Government of Flanders is focusing our development to climate change and the green economy," said Dr Geraldine Reymenants, General Representative of the Government of Flanders in Southern Africa.

"One of the best ways to get the youth involved in communicating the urgent message of climate change is through the use of pop-culture which relates to the majority of young people," said Weza Matomane, brand ambassador for the competition.

"Although street art is cool and casual, whilst climate change is a serious issue, the two can merge to bring an alternative perspective on a possible solution," said Matomane.

Artists are invited to submit their entry, choosing from a range of street art such as pictures, graffiti, dance, poetry, graphic design, as long as the work references the impact of climate change in South Africa or its possible solutions.

Entries must be posted on the @SAMCCSA Facebook page and Instagram accounts as a picture or a one minute video. The entry with the most likes (@SAMCCSA Facebook and Instagram combined) will be the winner of the Public Choice Award of R 7 500.

To win a jury prize, entries must be submitted on the web page Street-Art-Competition. An independent panel of judges will look for originality, impact and effectiveness. Winners stand a chance to get a share of R30 000 in cash and the opportunity of showcasing their work at prestigious gatherings. The first prize is R 10 000, the second prize R7 500 and the third prize R 5 000.

The competition is open to youth residing in South Africa between the ages of 15 to 35. First register on the website and enter your submission. Submissions must also be posted on the Facebook page @SAMCCSA and tagged on Instagram: @SAMCCSA.

Winners may be invited to exhibit their work during the official closing ceremony, in attendance of the Flemish Minister-President.

The competition runs until 28 July 2017 and the winners will be announced on 18 August.

Participants remain the sole owners of their artwork but are required to make their submissions available to the organisers for non-commercial use and display.

The organising committee, comprising of the General Representation of the Government of Flanders in Southern Africa and WTG Media House, reserves the right to disqualify any submission deemed not to be in line with the aims of the competition as determined by the committee.
Enter the Elephants Alive art competition at the Pumpkin House

Art-Eclect Studio in collaboration with the Art Square Studio Gallery at the Pumpkin House in Langebaan invite the submission of artworks to raise funds for an elephant collar tracking project in Hoedspruit.

The closing date for entries is 1 August and the exhibition opens at the Pumpkin House on 22 September.

Find out more about the competition and download the entry form.
SANAVA secretariat
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