What will be the focus of your stand at FNB JoburgArtFair and how do you aim to use it as a ‘platform’ for artists?
M Studio Community has curated a group showcase for our stand at the FNB JoburgArtFair 2017. The works are focused around commenting on our current social climate. M Studio artists are conceptually based and we encourage our community to voice their opinions and thoughts around their own experiences in our modern world.
Why is exposure at a fair of this calibre so important for artists? What role do fairs play?
The appropriate art fairs are vital for the development of an artist’s career. M Studio Community works with emerging artists. An art fair of this calibre provides a fruitful platform for our artists; here they can gain important exposure for their own art, as well as ensuring that their creations are challenging the industry and remaining avant-garde.
What are your organisation’s plans for the rest of 2017 and 2018?
M Studio currently houses studio space for six resident artists. We are aiming to expand our community over the next two years, both in members and in territory. We hope to see ourselves moving into the international market and establishing our artists in the international art world. As a community, we are aiming to represent the benefits of working together to stir up change in our social environment.
History of the company
M Studio has been working in Johannesburg from August House since February 2017. Our company turned two on the 1st of July this year. The Director of the company is Dawn Sarah McGee. The artists currently working within the community are Azael Langa, Nkhensani Rihlampfu, Michael Selekane, Nompumelelo Ngoma, Johnny Guava, Victor Kuster, Phila Mabaso, Ofentse Seshabela and Neo Mahlangu. M Studio encourages the development and communication between diverse artistic mediums. We mentored and established a public performance movement in Pretoria last year called Activate My City – #followtheladyinwhite. One of the performances was selected to show at last year’s FNB JoburgArtFair. The aim of the project was to ignite unauthorised public performing artworks across the city of Pretoria. We completed 18 performances throughout the year.
Company vision statement
M Studio Community is creating a space within our contemporary society which provides South African artists with a support system and networking platform. The company aims to enable emerging artists to develop their careers in a community of their creative peers. Artists need to work together and not as isolated thinkers if they wish to take the vital steps towards changing and accurately reflecting the current social environment, this is the notion which founded M Studio. Our community provides artists with mentorship in both conceptual and technical development. The artists are able to debate, collaborate and communicate their thoughts and technical discoveries with other community members. By becoming a critic, spectator, mentor and mentee the artist is building their body of work at an elevated level. Our unconventional Gallery brings the viewer, audience member or client into the artist’s studio space. By combining the Gallery with functional Art Studios we are inviting clients to interact directly with the artist within a professional environment. Our open studio layout encourages artists to enhance their client relations and understanding of the business side of the art world. M Studio Community is a space assisting emerging artists on their journey to establishing themselves as contemporary conceptual artists within the art industry.
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