Jack Ginsberg is a passionate supporter of South African contemporary art and founding patron of The Ampersand Foundation (TAF), a non-profit charitable Trust which rewards excellence in the visual arts by granting Ampersand Fellowship Awards to young professional South African contemporary visual artists and arts administrators. These prestigious awards enable artists to visit New York and its museums and galleries, thereby benefiting the artists’ career development. These Awards offer recipients a funded two month residency at the Ampersand apartment in New York. The fund also supports local artists by buying their artwork and donating it to museums and galleries.

Ginsberg received the 2014 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in the Arts. The Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards were established in 2007 by The South African Institute for Advancement to acknowledge, celebrate and profile those who have committed their personal resources towards broader social development in South Africa. Ginsberg now joins a list of over eighty philanthropists including the likes of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

In 2013, Ginsberg was awarded the Art Champion Award at the 16th Annual Business Day BASA Awards, in recognition of his outstanding achievement in support for the arts (over forty years of visual arts support). Alongside being the founder of the Ampersand Foundation Residency Programme in New York, he is a board member and on-going art donor to the Wits Arts Museum. Ginsberg also helps fund the Artist Proof Studio – an innovative and engaged community printmaking centre in Newtown, Johannesburg. He has provided New York fellowships for four of their artists.

BASA describes Ginsberg “as the epitome of a true art patron.”

Previous BASA Award Art Champion Winners:

  • 18th Annual BASA Awards - Herman Mashaba
  • 17th Annual BASA Awards - Dorothea Moors
  • 16th Annual BASA Awards - Mary Slack
  • 14th Annual BASA Awards - Benji Liebmann/Nirox Foundation
  • 13th Annual BASA Awards - Dick Enthoven