SANAVA promotes visual arts, develops visual artists and furthers international cooperation in the field of the visual arts Newsletter Nº
June 2018
Avi's notes

It is Annual General Meeting time at SANAVA and we invite you all to join us at the Pretoria Arts Assocation, 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk in Pretoria on Saturday, 28 July 2018 @ 10:00.

Thank you to our hosts, Pieter van Heerden and Nandi Hilliard.

Zyma Amien and Ingrid Bolton, previous winners of the prestigious Sasol New Signatures art competition, will do a walk-about through their exhibitions during the tea break. Their exhibition opens the night before.

If you cannot attend, please forward your apology to the secretariat with a proxy form, indicating who might vote on your behalf. Thank you to those members who have already provided us with proxy forms.

You will soon receive the official meeting documentation.

The renewed L'Atelier sponsorship with Absa has been concluded and we look forward to continued cooperation. The six-month Cité residency for the winner has been reserved for January to June 2019.

It is interesting to see the developments in the art world in the Western Cape. Read about it in 'Art tourism gets a boost in the Western Cape'.

William Kentridge's multimedia work that is being exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum in Wisconsin, USA is again proof that South Africa can compete with the rest of the world. Read about this exhibition in ' Monumental multimedia work at Milwaukee Art Museum'.

Talking about international exposure to art, this month's FOCUS on... explores the portrait painting course at the Château de la Creuzette in France, presented by Louis Jansen van Vuuren and Marie Stander. Something to consider?

Hope to see you at the Annual General Meeting!

Until then.

Avitha Sooful
National President
Art tourism gets a boost in the Western Cape

Riebeek Valley in the Western Cape sees its upmarket art event, Solo Studios, growing the footprint of art tourism for the region.

Klaus Piprek, the originator and organiser of Solo Studios, says that the event – which is in its third year – has introduced art tourism to the Riebeek Valley, and although it is an event that caters for limited numbers, it has brought in approximately R4m to local businesses, residents and participating artists.

"It impacts the communities of Riebeek Kasteel, Riebeek West, Hermon and Riebeeks River, who are dependent largely on agriculture and agritourism – wine, olives wheat and fruit farming.

"The festival is more of an 'intimate art encounter', and attracts hundreds of art aficionados who are provided with a rare opportunity to visit artists in their studios to view and purchase their art straight off the easel. This will be the third year that Solo Studios will take place, following the resounding success of the inaugural event in 2016, and the proceeding – and even more successful – event in 2017."

The inaugural event brought in 350 weekend visitors, with last year's instalment attracting 650.

"We expect tickets to sell fast for the 2018 event, taking place from 9 to 12 August. We estimate revenue in the valley to reach R5m this year, including art sales, the revenue brought in to the local restaurants, wine estates, accommodation, gift shops, grocery stores and more."

Visitors will also be able to enjoy fringe events such as The Art of Wine and The Solo Sessions – an event where a group of local musicians come together to entertain guests with ad hoc performances and 'jam sessions'.

"The Riebeek Valley has so much to offer visitors over the weekend which allows them to experience the excellent local wines, olive products, craft beers, cuisine, freshly roasted coffee, superb hospitality and top-notch entertainment which the valley has become famous for," said Piprek.

For more information, visit Solo Studios.
See Karen Pretorius @ the Arts Association, Pretoria

Dichotomous narratives: where abstraction and empathy collide is Karen Pretorius' latest exhibition at the Arts Association, Pretoria.

The exhibition of personal objects, digital works and paintings will be on until 18 July 2018.

Also see Marinda du Toit's exhibition, Raar maar waar, of assemblage and work on paper, until 11 July 2018.

Also until Wednesday 25 July, Potter of the month is Carolyn Heydenrych. The exhibition is held in partnership with Ceramics Southern Africa.

For more information about these exhibitions, phone 012 346 3100.
New – walkabouts at the Stellenbosch Art Museum

Wednesday Art Walkabouts is a new initiative of the University Museum to educate and share its art collections with the public. Every first Wednesday of the month at lunchtime, the Museum will showcase previously unseen artworks from its permanent collection.

This is a very rare opportunity for members of the public and art connoisseurs to appreciate and learn more about the art collections of Stellenbosch University. The Wednesday Art Walkabouts are free to members of the public and will be followed by snacks and drinks.

The series of guided Wednesday Art Walkabouts and themes for the remainder of 2018 includes the following:
4 July 2018: Framing Art
1 August 2018: Women/Art
5 September 2018: Art/Politics
3 October 2018: African Art
7 November 2018: Design/Art
5 December 2018: Art Collecting

Booking is compulsory. To book a place, please contact Ulrich Wolff at 012 808 3029 or email

The University Museum is located at 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch. The Museum is open from Monday to Saturday at 09:00 - 16:30 andis closed on Sundays and public holidays. Entrance to the Museum is free.
Sanlam Centennial

See an exhibition of exceptional works from the Sanlam art collection tracing South Africa's transformation in art over a century.

The exhibition is on until Friday, 24 August 2018 at the Sanlam Art Gallery, 2 Strand Street, Cape Town.

For more information phone 021 947 3359, email, or visit
Three ceramic palettes @ Tina Skukan Gallery

This exhibition brings three award winning ceramic artists – Margot Rudolph, Eunice Botes and Christine Williams – together.

The African landscape has inspired artists for centuries and has always delivered vibrant and exciting pieces of artwork. They use clay as their canvas to express their interpretation of the emotions and colours and vibrancy of the African landscape.

The exhibition is open until 25 July 2018.

For more information phone 012 991 1733, 083 653 6928, e-mail
Annual winter solstice at the Cape Gallery

This exhibition 'Surface an Interface' suggests an intervention in the manner of 'seeing' – superficially or with greater penetration – 'below the surface'.

The group exhibition, on until 21 July, includes artists like Tania Babb, John Bauer, Leon de Bliquy, Rachelle Bomberg, Anton Bosch, Mel Brigg, Kitty Dorje, Derek Drake, Rae Goosen, Margot Hattingh, Julie Jana, Rainer Kohl, Lambert Kriedermann, Christopher Langley, Rene le Roux, Charles Maleka, Odette Marais, Nicolaas Maritz, Phillip Mbusi, Peter Midlane, Ernest Manfunny, Sheila Petousis, Linas Petrauskas, Uwe Pfaff, Pamela Silver, Mandy Spiegel, Meshack Tembani, Wilna van der Walt, Peter van Straten, Judy Woodborne, Annari van der Merwe, Theo Vorster and Vuyile Voyiya.

For more information phone 021 423 5309, visit
Celebrating the work of emerging and established artists

Entries for the Aesthetica Art Prize are now open.

Hosted by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine, the Art Prize provides a platform for both emerging and established artists to showcase their work to international audiences and further their involvement in the art world.

Offering a £5 000 cash prize, group exhibition, editorial coverage and publication within the inspiring Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists Anthology, the prize accepts works on any theme, pushing the boundaries of experimentation and innovation.

There are four categories for entry - Photographic and digital art, Three-dimensional design and sculpture, Painting, drawing and mixed media and Video, installation and performance.

Submissions close 31 August 2018.

For more information call Hannah Skidmore, (0044) (0)1904 629 137,, visit |
Monumental multimedia work by William Kentridge at Milwaukee Art Museum

"More Sweetly Play the Dance" engages viewers with an immersive, multisensory experience that combines drawing, animation, filmmaking and sound on giant HD screens.

Combining drawing, filmmaking, and animation with a spirited soundtrack, William Kentridge's More Sweetly Play the Dance engages viewers in a danse macabre (or 'dance of death') that speaks to issues around life, death, migration and displacement.

The work features a parade of figures, led by a brass band, projected on giant HD screens. The figures march against a background of the artist's drawings, activated through stop-motion animation, while megaphone-style speakers situated in the gallery provide elements of the layered soundtrack.

"The presentation of More Sweetly Play the Dance not only marks the first exhibition of Kentridge's work at the Milwaukee Art Museum, it also is the first time that the Baker/Rowland galleries have been dedicated to a single monumental artwork," said Margaret Andrea, interim Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art.

"The immersive quality of the installation, combined with the complex and layered construction of the film itself, makes for a unique art experience."

Through his experimentation with and mastery of multimedia, Kentridge explores the artistic and cultural traditions of danse macabre to examine modern issues of equality, morality, and joy in the midst of sorrow. The custom of danse macabre dates to the Late Middle Ages, the march follows the figure of death as a symbol of equality of all people and celebrates life.

Elements of this tradition are found in medieval manuscripts and frescos, Mexican dia de Los Muertos celebrations and the New Orleans tradition of the second line, where funeral attendees joyously stroll along with a brass ensemble. More Sweetly Play the Dance presents audiences with a mix of cultural references while exploring a range of social issues.

"Kentridge is a master innovator," said Marcelle Polednik, Director of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

"Through their subject matter and their execution, his works compel us to look differently at our world. He builds layered experiences that linger long after we come into contact with the work itself."

In conjunction with the exhibition, the in-depth documentary 'William Kentridge: Anything is Possible' will be shown in the Lubar Auditorium each Thursday and Saturday, from June 23 to August 18. The audience can peer into the creative process of Kentridge and get a better understanding of his life and work.

More Sweetly Play the Dance is fourteen minutes long and plays on a continuous loop during museum open hours.

The exhibition is on until 19 August 2018. Read the media release.
PPC Imaginarium 2019 – celebrating five years of modern art and design

Top talent. Top rewards.

It all comes together at the PPC Imaginarium, where talented, emerging artists have a career-launching platform that will give their dreams flight. 2019 marks the fifth year that the world-renowned PPC Imaginarium Awards competition will be showcasing up-and-coming artists who are creating amazing modern art and design pieces using concrete as medium.

Calls are now open to all potential South African and Zimbabwean entrants to enter and entrants have until 30 November to register.

Categories are Architectural Design, Fashion, Short Film, Industrial Design, Jewellery Design or Sculpture. You may submit entries for up to three categories, but may only submit one entry per category.

The overall winner will receive R100 000. Category winners and runners-up will receive R50 000 and R15 000 respectively.

Contact PPC Cement on e-mail
FOCUS on... a portrait painting course at the renowned Château de la Creuzette in France

This month SANAVA Matters went beyond the borders of South Africa and committee member Dirkie Offringa looked at a portrait course with Louis Jansen van Vuuren and Marie Stander in the Limousin Region of France.

Well-known artist, Marie Stander will be Louis's co-presenter in the art studio and will travel with the group.

Explore an exciting range of new techniques in pastel, chalk, ink and acrylics. Work in different formats and on a wide selection of substrates. The two artists share their trade secrets and years of teaching experience with the class. Each student will get personal attention and special attentiveness is given to individual style and development.

The course is on from 12 to 17 August 2018.

Guests normally arrive on the direct Air France flight that arrives in Paris around 06:00 on 12 August. Participants are requested to arrive early on the first day so as not to delay the itinerary of the day. Guests who wish to fly with other airlines that may arrive later in the day will perhaps need to consider arriving a day earlier - and enjoy some time in Paris.

At the end of your stay at La Creuzette, the group travels back from Chateauroux station arriving in central Paris late afternoon on 17 August. The train tickets are booked and provided by La Creuzette as part of the package.

Day 1: Sunday, 12 August
Train or road transfer from Paris to La Creuzette, your residence in Boussac village. We stop for lunch at the famous l'Escalle truck-stop. You arrive at your destination in time for tea, coffee and mignardises (typically French confectionaries).

After settling in you have time explore the estate. We meet in the studio at 18:00 for an introduction and overview of your creative week. Afterwards, we meet for a glass of champagne in the summerhouse followed by dinner prepared by your hosts.

Day 2: Monday, 13 August
Breakfast will be served at 09:00 in the main dining room. After breakfast, we meet in the studio for our morning art session from 10:00 to 13:00. Lunch at La Creuzette. The afternoon studio session starts at 14:30 and ends at 17:00. We meet for champagne at 18:30 and a relevant art programme will be screened. Dinner follows.

Day 3: Tuesday, 14 August
After breakfast, we spend the morning in the studio with Louis and Marie - morning session from 10:00 – 13:00. Lunch will be enjoyed in the garden at La Creuzette. After lunch, we take the short drive to the picturesque village of Aubusson where tapestries and carpets have been woven and restored for centuries. We visit a master weaver's studio, the carton (tapestry pattern) museum, and a restorer of antique masterpieces. There will also be time to amble through the rest of the village. Back at La Creuzette, we meet in the summer kitchen at 18:30 for cocktails and a cooking demonstration presented by a guest chef. Dinner follows.

Day 4: Wednesday, 15 August
After breakfast, the artists will have another full day in the studio. Morning session 10:00 to 13:00. Lunch at La Creuzette. Afternoon session 14:30 to 17:00. We will have some time to relax after our afternoon session before we meet for champagne at 18:30. Dinner follows.

Day 5: Thursday, 16 August
It is market day in Boussac and we partake in the colourful activity on the village square. Our morning art session will start at 10:30. An alfresco lunch is served at 13:00 under the oaks in the park. After lunch, we have our last art session that is slightly shorter in duration – 14:30 to 16:30. At 19:00 we meet in the art studio for a feedback session and an exhibition of the art produced during the week. Our farewell dinner follows in the dining room of the summerhouse.

Day 6: Friday, 17 August
After a leisurely breakfast, we visit the unconventional gardens of Drulon known for its floral exuberance. The estate is also known for the castle of which the oldest part dates back to the 15th century. Your fast train to Paris departs from Châteauroux.

Please note that this itinerary may be amended to accommodate suppliers, service providers and the weather.

To secure your place on the trip, a deposit of 1 000 Euros per person is payable as limited places are available. The deposit can be paid by VISA or MASTERCARD and all we need are the card details to process a 'remote' debit. We shall write to confirm your booking, as soon as the transaction has been processed. The balance of the land arrangement costs will be invoiced a month prior to departure and can be paid prior to arrival or upon arrival at La Creuzette by VISA/MASTERCARD.

La Creuzette will issue visa letters (if needed) once you have made your flight booking, that makes the Schengen visa application process a lot easier.

€3 250 per person sharing. This includes -
- Train or road transfer from Paris to Boussac
- Luxurious accommodation at La Creuzette
- Full board accommodation (all meals with drinks, also at restaurants we visit)
- All excursions as set out in the programme
- Art course with all materials and instructions
- Train transfer back to Paris at the end of the stay at La Creuzette.
* An extra single supplement amount of €650 is payable for single occupation.

Over and above the cost of the trip, guests need only budget for the cost of their flights, visas and expenditure of a personal nature.

Certainly an experience to consider!
SANAVA secretariat
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