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2014 ImpACT Awards open for nominations

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) invites nominations for its ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals. These are presented as part of their annual Awards Ceremony held in recognition and celebration of excellence in South African arts, culture and creativity.

Call for 2015 South African Handmade Collection

The Creative Industries Sector Desk of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) will coordinate and host the participation of micro, emerging and established enterprises as well as individual upcoming designers during the South African Handmade Collection Showcase at the Design Indaba Expo which will take place from 27 February – 01 March 2015 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Announcing Advocacy Toolkit Workshops in 2014

Arterial Network South Africa (ANSA) invites applications to participate in one of its Advocacy toolkit workshops to be held on 10 -11 September 2014 in Cape Town and on 25-26 September 2014 in Johannesburg. The workshops form part of ANSA’s Civil Society Campaign funded with a generous grant from the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD).

Boda Boda Lounge Project: Open Call

The Boda Boda Lounge Project is a cross-continental video festival that will feature at over 15 spaces throughout Africa. Boda Boda Lounge Project is currently accepting video art submissions from artists based in Africa and of African descent. Relevant submissions will be put forward for intercontinental screening and exhibition programming.


On the theme “FANTASTIC, MAGIC, WONDERFUL BEPPU!”, we are inviting artists to create large-scale outdoor artworks on the walls of Beppu. Beppu, located on Kyushu Island in Japan, is a curious city and possesses many facets. Beppu is the second largest thermal city in the world.

Internship at Yellowwoods Art

At Yellowwoods Art we believe that artists are the pioneers of our culture. Accordingly, our aspiration is to act as an effective patron to pioneering artists. This is achieved through conceiving programmes that create opportunities for these artists, at each stage of development, thereby facilitating successful art careers. These programmes include, among others; Spier Arts Academy, The Creative Block, Qubeka and The Nando’s Artists Society, as well as the commissioning of site-specific, architectural-scale artworks.


The 2nd annual SONIC MMABOLELA international workshop/residency at Mmabolela Reserve, Limpopo, South Africa now has available a fully paid grant for a Southern African sound artists / composer / field recordist to attend. This is made possible with the support of Pro Helvetia, The Swiss Arts Council and The Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation.


Within the scope of the unplace project, we seek artistic proposals that challenge the modes of creation and reception of works of art in a purely virtual and networked exhibition space, in a museum without a place.

Joburg Photo Umbrella Open Call for Proposals 2014

The Joburg Photo Umbrella is a photography festival dedicated to creating a platform and network focused on new photographers, developing photography content and accessibility to photography as a medium.

Artist in Residence Program from Arts Collaboratory Network to Colombia

Arts Collaboratory and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia are cooperating to offer 2 artists, curators or researchers related to Arts Collaboratory institutions in Africa, Asia or Middle East the opportunity to develop a project in a residency in Colombia. The project should focus on art and its potential for social change.

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