Mentorship, education and the Emerging Artist Development Programme
Development programmes have always been an important part of collaborations between UJ Art Gallery and MTN SA Foundation and this online project includes a Mentorship Programme, an Emerging Artist Development Programme, and an Educational Programme.
In the Mentorship Programme three mentees – Mpho Mazibuko, Angelique Bougaard and Ndaya Kim Ilunga – were appointed to observe the process of curating an online documentary, assist with the two other programmes, attend three masterclasses on museum/gallery management, marketing and label making, have interactions with the artist, and attend a webinar with the curators.
From the 40 plus entries received for the Emerging Artist Development Programme the judges selected ten finalists to compete for the first prize of R30 000. The nine other finalists will receive a stipend of R3 500 each.
The ten finalists in alphabetical order are Lana Combrinck, Neo Diseko, Xanthé Jackson, Miné Kleynhans, Tré Mkhabela, Oratile “Papi” Konopi, Franz Phooko, Alexa Pienaar, Tristan Roland and Selwyn Steyn.
The winner of the 2020 Emerging Artists Development Programme was announced at the opening of the online exhibition and the launch of the UJ Art Gallery’s online platform, the Moving Cube, on 4 November. Artworks by the ten finalists will also be exhibited in 2021 alongside the Willem Boshoff artworks as part of an envisaged actual space and time exhibition in the UJ Art Gallery.
The Educational Programme, designed and managed by the mentees in collaboration with curators and designer, will take the form of an exciting competition. From 5 – 27 November, the public is invited on a journey to explore various aspects and themes relating to The Blind Alphabet – Letter B: Babery to Bigeminate. The programme will offer participants the opportunity to engage with various activities that will broaden understanding of the experience of being blind, and emphasise the dynamics between being able to see and being sight impaired.
The programme is designed to be intellectually and creatively rewarding, but also includes the opportunity to win one of four Samsung Galaxy Tablets as well as spot prizes for the most unique entries.
Keep an eye out for more details each week on how you can enter. You can also follow UJ on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the competition. For more on The Blind Alphabet – Letter B Exhibition, visit the UJ Gallery Website or Willem Boshoff’s website.
Navigate through the article:
Willem Boshoff exhibition – The Blind Alphabet
Moving Cube – a newly developed UJ Art Gallery website
Mentorship, education and the Emerging Artist Development Programme – how to enter
Exploring The Blind Alphabet with MTN Foundation’s Niel Nortje
Curating context online: Annali Cabano-Dempsey discusses UJ’s Moving Cube