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Artist Proof Studio opens their archive for the 2015 Endowment Education Fund Auction

This year, Artist Proof Studio (APS) is holding a milestone live Education Endowment Auction on the 19th November 2015 as the climax to a week-long Strauss & Co online auction of APS works launching on November 12th 2015.
For this public sale, we have opened up ten years of APS archives to showcase and auction some of the best work in our collection including seminal prints from some of our sold-out editions by William Kentridge, Philemon Hlungwane, Norman Catherine, Nelson Makamo, Bambo Sibiya, Lehlohonolo Mashaba, Mongezi Ncaphayi, Walter Oltmann, Diane Victor and others. Not only will there be prints but we have also approached these and other artists to also contribute.
We will also be launching some exciting and as yet unreleased work by Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones from Handspring Puppet Company (of War Horse fame), Themba Khumalo, Sizwe Khoza, Jan Tshikuthula and many others.
Artist Proof Studio (APS) is an innovative and engaged community printmaking centre of excellence. The organisation focuses on all aspects of professional printmaking: creation, sales, training and community engagement. The studio is divided into four business units, which encompass its professional printmaking operations:
The Education Unit offers a three-year, professional printmaking training programme to talented students from South Africa as well as other African countries. The programme trains students in a full range of printmaking skills, drawing, visual literacy, and business practice.
The Special Projects Unit provides community outreach and awareness programmes, particularly focusing on the enormous impact that the creative industries can have in addressing issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, especially in raising awareness of the disease and facilitating a culture of healing and positive living through the processes of art and craft.
The unit has many outreach programmes, including Paper Prayers, At-Risk Children and Orphans with NOAH’s arks – Artists in Arks, public art commissions and advocacy murals, as well as partnerships. Additionally, the Special Projects Unit has developed a holistic approach to promoting social change through art and craft by making innovative connections with the Education Unit. Engagement with various social issues provides an opportunity for the students to give back to their communities while gaining significant life and work experience.
The Professional Printmaking Studio is a professional income-generating unit that facilitates print editions and collaborations between artists and a team of technicians. It specialises in fine-art printing mediums such as intaglio, etching, relief printing, screen printing and lithography, as well as providing state of the art equipment and materials for printmaking collaborations. Artist Proof Studio has five full time professional printers who collaborate with artists to create and edition their work. Their abilities are in demand, and the studio has truly reached a new level of professional excellence in printmaking. Artist Proof Studio has an active international exchange programme that attracts some of South Africa’s foremost artists to collaborate and publish print portfolios
The APS Gallery showcases the work of students and graduates, as well as other APS-affiliated printmakers, by exhibiting and promoting prints and offering opportunities for emerging artists to market their work. Featured artists include: William Kentridge, Philemon Hlungwane, Mongezi Ncaphayi, Jan Tshikhuthula, Doris Bloom, Themba Khumalo, Chloe Read, Bevan de Wet and Kim Berman.
The Gallery Unit holds regular exhibitions at APS and other sites such as the Johannesburg Art Fair, Arts on Main, and Turbine Hall. These may feature solo or group exhibitions of students, graduates, staff, and affiliated artists. The unit staff offers tours of the studio and the gallery, enabling visitors to experience the vibrancy and energy of APS as well as to engage with a range of artists, teachers, and printmakers.
This is a unique chance to acquire outstanding artworks, be there, pledge your bit and support one of the best arts organisations in South Africa.

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