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World Citizen Artists Competition 2014

After a successful launch in June 2014, World Citizen Artists is organizing, along with Playing for Change Foundation and Belgravia Gallery, a unique art competition.


VANSA will be holding our AGM on Saturday 27 September 2014. All members are invited to join us from 2pm. We understand that Annual General Meetings don't sound like the best way to spend your Saturday afternoon, so we have made it as interactive and network based as possible – with a drink and a braai afterwards. Come spend the afternoon on the King Kong rooftop with VANSA.

apexart: Unsolicited Proposal Program

apexart opens our 18th season of the Unsolicited Proposal Program, which uses democratic processes to determine our upcoming exhibition season.

Volvo Ocean Race seeks exciting young talents in music and art in South Africa

Volvo Ocean Race has launched “Making Waves”, a national search for young artistic and musical talents in South Africa. The project is offering global exposure in the 2014-15 edition of sailing’s toughest race, which stops in Cape Town later this year.

Applications now open for BASA Basics Programme - Free State ​

Applications are now open for arts organisations in Free State to become part of Business and Arts South Africa’s 2014 BASA Basics programme.

ACT Professional Development Programme

The newly structured Professional Development Programme, funded by Nedbank Arts Affinity, is designed to support the development of a reliable, sustainable and vibrant arts and culture sector in South Africa. Once-off grants of up to R60 000 each will be awarded in each funding cycle, and applicants are reminded that the closing date for submissions is fast approaching.


Business and Arts South Africa’s (NPC) Supporting Grant programme is designed for artist/arts organisations and businesses to assist in activating sponsorship for a cross-section of arts projects in different regions of the country. This is done by providing financial support to a project that is in an already existing relationship between a business and arts organisation.

Open Office Event: Megan Mace

In closing Megan Mace’s open office residency at VANSA, we invite you to join us on Wednesday 17 September at 18:00 for 18:30 at VANSA. The event serves as display of process work undertaken whilst in residency; engaging in questions that frame notions and aspects of planning towards and participating in an artist residency.

Pencils for Democracy

Arterial Network is a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable African creative civil society sector engaged in qualitative practice in the arts in their own right, as well as in a manner that contributes to development, human rights and democracy and to the eradication of poverty on the African continent.

The Photocopy Club Collective Project: International Open Call for Submissions

The Photocopy Club’s brand new exhibition project has now been announced, and this time we are giving you the chance to exhibit your work in both the UK and South Africa in October and November.

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