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Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative Award 2018

The Fulcrum Group, in collaboration with The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios and Business and Arts South Africa, BASA, are excited to announce that the call for entries for the annual, Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative Awards are now open. The award has been created to celebrate the life of Suzanne Shaw, who at the same time as being a valued team member of the Fulcrum Group, had an unwavering devotion to the visuals arts, with a special interest in the field of curatorship. It is our vision that this award contributes to the growth of South African arts and artists, and while doing so serves to honour the life and passions of Suzanne Shaw.


  • A monthly stipend
  • A budget towards the creation of new work for the exhibition
  • Mentorship from both the Bag Factory and BASA
  • A week long exhibition toward the middle of 2018


  • Access to a computer, cell phone and the internet
  • The ability to get around the city
  • To commit 15 hours a week to the project
  • An interest in curatorship and some previous curatorial experience


  • A proposal that meets the brief description of the kind of exhibition you would like to put on, that meets the concept of “seeing things differently” utilising the concept of the intersection where art meets industrial design
  • A list of artists and designers that you would like to work with on this project
  • A single A4-page typed motivation, including personal details and outlining reasons why you believe you deserve the award
  • A detailed CV with at least 2 references
  • The mentorship and award takes place between January and June 2018.
  • CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 10 November 2017.
  • Applications must be sent to
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • The winner of the award will be announced December 2017.



The Fulcrum Group launched in 2012, with a core business focus on premium finance. They expanded their service offering to include; specialist lending and acquisition finance, premium collections, treasury management and brokers systems making the Fulcrum Group one of the leading financial services brands, offering investment and management services to the South African insurance market. The Fulcrum Group’s brand promise ‘We see it differently” sets the tone for how the Fulcrum team are continuously driven to deliver for the industry and their clients. To always challenge the status quo and find solutions, they believe there is always a better way.

The Bag Factory

During its 25 year history the Bag Factory has been at the forefront of the visual arts in South Africa. The organisation has provided studios space and opportunities for both local and international artists to create, network, learn from and guide each other.
Artists David Koloane, Penny Siopis, Helen Sebidi, Sam Nhlengethwa, Benon Lutaaya, Deborah Bell and Usha Seejarim have all benefited from their programmes.


Business and Arts South Africa (NPC) is an internationally recognised South African development agency with a suite of integrated programmes implemented nationally and internationally. BASA encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts, securing the future development of the arts sector in South Africa and contributing to corporate success through Shared Value. Business and Arts South Africa (NPC) was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative of the Department of Arts and Culture and the business sector as a public/private partnership. Business and Arts South Africa’s vision is to be the leading connector catalyst and resource that supports a better understanding by business of the arts, and continues to advocate an arts culture in our society.
BASA’s mission is to ensure the relevance and sustainability of the arts in South Africa by providing expertise in developing partnerships between business and the arts.

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