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Business and Arts South Africa CEO steps down after a Decade

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) today announced that current CEO, Michelle Constant, has resigned and will leave the organisation at the end of February 2019. Says Andre le Roux, BASA’s chairperson: “The Board is extremely proud of what BASA, under Michelle’s excellent leadership, has achieved over the past decade. It is pertinent that the theme for this year’s BASA awards is ‘Legacy’ because there is no doubt that Michelle leaves an extraordinary legacy in the ongoing task to bring the creative sector into its rightful place in the mainstream economy. The awards also afford our more than 120 members - and the arts community broadly - a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with Michelle.” Citing the need for new energy to take BASA forward and her own desire to explore fresh frontiers, Constant expressed her deep appreciation for her time at the internationally recognised South African development agency. “I have had an extraordinary 10 years at BASA and have truly grown to love the organisation,” stated Constant. “During my decade at BASA, I have witnessed the difference it makes in the arts sector - not just in South Africa but on the continent, something that was gratifyingly apparent at my most recent presentations in Namibia and in Ethiopia at the African Union. “I believe that, together with the Department of Arts & Culture, the board, a diverse team and various sectors including business and tourism, we have built up a healthy and vibrant organisation. I look forward to welcoming my successor to what is a truly meaningful and deeply rewarding position within the arts-business landscape.” Constant joined BASA in 2008, and, under her stewardship, the agency has grown into an important one on the continent and beyond. Its current suite of integrated programmes, for both businesses and arts practitioners and organisations,...

Spier Light Art Festival 2018: Call for proposals

Spier will be presenting its first Festival of Light Art from 8 December 2018 – 30 January 2019. Each night over this period, visitors will be able to experience light and sound artworks throughout the historic Stellenbosch farm. Entrance is free. The Festival of Light Art plays on the word light. Creatives – including designers, architects, light and sound artists – as well as students and institutions are invited to submit proposals for installations that will appear at the Festival. Regardless of their theme, the works should be engaging to all ages, especially children. Preference will be given to installations that engender a sense of discovery and interactive play. Proposals must be submitted online at www.spier.co.za/festivaloflightart by Tuesday, 25 September 2018. Spier will fund the installations, and choreographer Jay Pather heads the Selection Committee. Proposal Deadline: Tuesday, 25 September 2018. Notification of selection: Monday, 15 October 2018 Dates of the festival: 8 December 2018 – 30 January 2019 Further information: www.spier.co.za/festivaloflightart

THE BUSINESS OF ART

  Michelle Constant is CEO at Business and Arts South Africa (NPC) – a public private partnership between the corporate sector and government’s Department of Arts and Culture, with the aim of developing strategic partnerships between the business and arts sectors in South Africa. The BASA focus remains on Shared Value as a business and arts opportunity, and Arts Based Initiatives in the corporate sector and broader society. Michelle’s work at BASA has seen her present papers at the World Economic Forum on Arts and Culture in New Orleans, MIDEM in Cannes, the Cultural Diplomacy Conference in Spain, the African Creative Economies (ACE) Conference in Dakar, Senegal and UNESCO, Paris. Constant writes a monthly column for Wanted Magazine in Business Day, and Creativefeel magazine on the relationship between business and art, and various cultural issues. She also continues to host the Weekend Breakfast Show on national radio station SAFM. In 2004 she was awarded Arts and Culture Trust Arts Journalist of the Year. She served as a judge for the South African Music Awards for over a decade. She was an Ampersand Foundation Fellow in NYC in 2012, and that year was awarded the inaugural Mbokodo Award for Arts and Media. In 2014 Michelle graduated cum laude from the University of Pretoria Business School – GIBS, on the Social Entrepreneurship Programme. In 2015 she won the CEO Magazine Most Influential Women in Government and Business (Arts and Culture) in the SADC Region. In January 2016 she was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the Government of France for her work in culture and the arts. Michelle serves as a non- executive director on the Board of SA Tourism nationally, and the Arts Investment Fund internationally. OPENING OF SOLO STUDIOS 2018 FRIDAY 10 August17h30 - 18h30 Official Solo Studios...

ON A MISSION TO UNEARTH OUR ARTS GEMS

  Many hidden gems in our arts industry will remain hidden as long as our socio-economic status determines the opportunities to become a theatre practitioner. This is the view of Kgomotso Christopher, the newly appointed chairperson of the Naledi Theatre Awards. `Fewer and fewer children will view a career in the arts as viable and many who attempt to pursue the career, as writers, stage managers, lighting technicians or performers will simply give up on their dreams,` she says. `There are many community theatre groups that are creating beautiful works of art that are never shared with audiences for lack of funding. Ironically, one also finds that some of these groups will receive donors and invitations to perform abroad, while receiving the same support here at home is near impossible. ` In a wide-ranging interview, Christopher, a prominent theatre practitioner who has carved her name both on TV (Isidingo) and on stage, illuminated the plight faced by theatre in South Africa. She believes the private sector could play a far more significant role in sustaining the arts sector in South Africa, adding that `while we do have institutions that see the investment potential and benefit of partnership with arts ventures, we are a long way away from our international counterparts.` She feels that support is also an operative word which needs to be used sparingly in discussions regarding the arts and the role that business plays within the sector. `I believe we need to move away from the traditional notions of theatre or the arts being seen as `charity cases` in need of a few donations from business. We need to extend the model of public-private partnerships between the arts and business. Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) is an institution that is spearheading this type of approach to sustaining...

DAVID KOLOANE AWARD WINNERS!

The Bag Factory is delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 David Koloane Award. Congratulations to Lwando Dlamini, from the Western Cape and Phemo Matlhaba from the North West Province. These young and talented artists will be working with Bag Factory mentors Pat Mautloa and Bev Butkow for a period of 8 weeks and will have the opportunity to work alongside well known artists such as Dr David Koloane, Phumulani Ntuli, Asuka Nirasawa, Diana Hyslop and Usha Seejarim to create new works which will be exhibited at this year’s FNB Joburg Art Fair. The annual David Koloane Award celebrates the achievements and contributions of artist, curator and writer, Dr David Koloane, one of the founders of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios. ***     Phemo Matlhabe is partly a self-taught artist, with a unique ability to assimilate information through observation. He was raised in a village outside Rustenburg in the North West Province, South Africa. As a young child he enjoyed sculpting herds of cattle out of clay from the dam near his home. He went on to study at the University of Johannesburg. Matlhabe’s works have been exhibited at the Klerksdorp Museum, Molly Art Gallery, Alice Art, and his portraits have been highlighted in the Old Mutual Business Magazine. Recently he has also produced a calendar for Brainstorm Magazine and created two portraits made out of old computer parts for the computer company Experien’ to create awareness around recycling.             *** Lwando Dlamini is a visual artist who was born in Cape Town and is currently based in Johannesburg. He graduated in Fine Art from the Ruth Prowse School of Art in the year of 2017. Dlamini is fascinated with the pigment of oil paints and mixed media, on the sensibility of the...

GIANT MICKEY ARTIST BRIEF

Background: 2018 is Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary year.  In celebration of this milestone we are celebrating all things Mickey, with an interactive exhibition which takes all members of the family through a fun interactive look at Mickey through the ages, starting way back with Steamboat Willie right up until today’s Mickey and the Roadster Races.  These experiences will take place between 28th of Sept – 14 October at Sandton City, 19th October – 11 November at Gateway Theatre of Shopping and 16 – 26 November at Canal Walk Shopping Center.  Whilst this type of exhibition is perhaps better suited to an exhibition space, we need to utilize the huge volume of foot traffic that these malls enjoy in order to share the exhibition as broadly as possible in a family friendly environment.   The Concept: As part of this exhibition we will be creating 10 x 6ft  3D Mickey Mouse statues that will be “blank canvases” to be given their own South African twist. Each Mickey will be assigned a Disney selected artist who will decorate him in their own fun and unique way, using materials and colours of their choice, but according to Disney guidelines detailed below.   Guidelines: The designs must be deemed family-appropriate by Disney. No logos of any brands or companies can appear on the statue. No inappropriate text, religious or political symbols can appear on the statue.   Entry Mechanism: Each artist will receive a blank line art rendition of Mickey Mouse ( A3) which they will be required to design as well as submit a motivation as to the colours, designs, materials they plan to use (for purposes of this submission actual materials can be substituted for coloured felt pens or paint) Approximately 10 artists will be selected to participate in the project and...