J.P. Morgan is launching the Abadali Art Collection Project in support of sustainable development of fine art in South Africa. This project will prioritise national artists from socio-economically disadvantaged areas and is designed to offer educational and entrepreneurial development. The art collected through this project will form part of a global art collection held by JPMorgan Chase & Co. read more…
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and Nedbank are proud to announce the first of two sets of ACT Development Grant recipients for the 2018 funding cycle. Relaunched in 2018, the ACT Development Grant now features two calls for discipline-focused applications at different times of the calendar year. This first set of grants will be for projects and works with a strong visual arts focus. ACT CEO Marcus Desando says, ‘We as a trust are very excited about this new discipline-specific grant system, for it allows us to give opportunities to artists and organisations in a given discipline. This particular cycle has yielded an exciting mix of recipient projects and artworks and we look forward to seeing their impact.” read more…
The Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) in partnership with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and Nedbank are proud to announce the inaugural ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Visual Arts Scholarship. This new scholarship will provide its winner with R 50 000 in tertiary tuition towards a degree in visual arts at a certified South African institution. ACT CEO Marcus Desando said “The scholarship programme serves as our part of the investment towards a creative industry geared towards the youth. It is very exciting that we are able to include visual arts as part of the scholarships and I am very grateful to Nedbank and DALRO for making it possible for us to do so.” read more…
Arlin Bantam is more than a triple threat. Sure, he acts, sings and dances well. But his creativity goes beyond that. The Stellenbosch University Drama graduate has creativity coming out of his pores and clinging to every strand of his afro. read more…
The Arts and Culture Trust (ACT), the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and Nedbank are proud to announce the opening of applications for the 2018 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships Programme. Past winners include Arlin Bantam, Tankiso Mamabolo and Zola Myeza, among many other talented performers who are making a name for themselves in the South African entertainment industry.
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is pleased to announce the relaunch of the ACT Development Programme in 2018 and invites applications in the category of visual arts until 14 May, 2018.
After careful consideration and consultation with partners, the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) has reimagined the ACT Development Programme to support discipline-specific funding cycles. The first half of 2018 will see the funding of visual arts projects and in the second half of the year dance projects will be funded. Established artists or organisations are eligible for one of three grants worth R80 000. Mid-level and emerging artists or organisations are eligible for one of five grants of R30 000. read more…
ACT AND SAMRO PRESENT A MASTERCLASS BY SOUTH AFRICAN ICON AND LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT WINNER DOROTHY MASUKU.
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) invites SAMRO members to attend an afternoon masterclass with the legendary singer/ songwriter Dorothy Masuku.
Tapping into a wealth of knowledge, Masuku will speak to South African musicians about her experiences, sharing wisdom gained from an extraordinary life in South African music. Her songs have been performed across South Africa, forming a staple part of the repertoire of her contemporaries Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba. Now a new generation embrace and sing her music.
Masuku, or Mum D as she is affectionately known, was presented with an ACT Lifetime Achievement Award by Nothando Migogo, CEO of SAMRO, at an exclusive event held at the Maslow hotel in November last year. ‘We are very humbled to be able to honour the joy that Dorothy Masuku has brought to us all,’ said ACT Chair David Dennis. Invited guests were treated to an impromptu performance by Masuku when she broke into song mid interview and later joined Lira on stage.
With less than a month to go until the 20th annual Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Awards, ACT would like to introduce our four ImpACT Award finalists.
Traditionally, ACT awards the ImpACT Award to South African creatives under 30 years of age who have made a notable impact to their respective industry. Nominations are collected from the general public and the finalists are selected by The ACT board of trustees.
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) invites applications for bursaries for the 2018 academic year. The prospective student must have already applied to study a postgraduate degree in any arts discipline, however preference will be given to those wishing to study Arts Journalism or Arts Administration.Students who wish to be considered for a postgraduate bursary for the 2018 academic year are encouraged to apply as soon as possible; entries CLOSE on the 10th of November 2017.
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is pleased to announce that the 20th edition of the ACT Awards. The five winners of the ACT Lifetime Achievement Awards will each be interviewed by our phenomenal Emcee, KayaFM DJ Bridget Masinga.
With just over a month to go before the 20th anniversary edition of The ACT Awards, which takes place at the Sun International Maslow Hotel in Sandton Johannesburg on the 17th November 2017, ACT is thrilled to be able to give our awards audience a first-hand account of the stories of our incredible Lifetime Achievement Award winners. On the evening, a total of six awards will be given out. This includes the five Lifetime Achievement Award winners listed below, as well as the announcement of the ImpACT award winner from our four finalists. Unlike the Lifetime Achievement Awards Winners, the ImpACT Award winner will only be revealed on the evening of the 17th of November 2017.
On Saturday evening twelve future stars performed their hearts out on the legendary John Kani stage of the Market Theatre.
The talented finalists from around the country travelled to Joburg in the hope of winning a scholarship to pursue their dreams. Having spent the week working with specialist coaches, and fuelled by passion for their art, the students gave a fantastic performance. ACT CEO Marcus Desando responded to the first event under his leadership saying: “It was heart-warming to see the kind of young talent we have in this country. I would like to congratulate the winners and thank the sponsors for a great evening. We wish all the finalists the best in their future endeavours.”
This is the fourth time the Intellectual Property Exhibition has been held. The idea behind the exhibition, initially, was to bring local Durban artists and crafters together to showcase their work and give the buying public a “home-grown” alternative to the mass-produced items shipped into this country from abroad.
The title “Intellectual Property” was decided on because it gets to the heart of the issue that local artists and crafters face; that is, a massive retail behemoth that continually harvests from the fertile grounds of the “small-guy” artist and crafter, and then ships the idea off-shore for cheap production. So the title is intended to encourage the viewing public to think more deeply about this issue – and hopefully decide to support local artists and crafters; instead of going for the “cookie-cutter” cheapies in the large retail stores.
Artists are invited to participate; we do not prescribe what kind of work they submit – our only requirement is that it is unique and falls broadly into the category of “gallery” work. This, we hope, results in an eclectic collection of high-end art and craft that show-cases Durban’s and KZN’s talent to the public.
This year the exhibition is an exciting mix of jewelery, painting, decor, craft, furniture, collaborative projects, fashion, music and performance – a bumper crop of unique, creative and contemporary work.
The exhibition opens 5th October 2017 at 5.30 for 6.00 p.m. and at The Plant, 5 Station Drive. The event is then open 6th October 2017 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. and 7th October 2017 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. The opening and event are free and open to the public.
Please see the Facebook Page at Intellectual Property Exhibition 2017 and the Site at www.ipexhibition.co.za
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is pleased to announce that the 20th edition of the ACT Awards will be taking place on Friday 17 November 2017 at the Sun International Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.
The ACT Awards has been honouring South African legends, stalwarts and inspirations in the South African arts and culture sector for the last 20 years. The 2017 edition of this event is bound to be more glamourous than ever with special guest and emcee Bridget Masinga from KayaFM and entertainment provided by internationally-acclaimed songstress Lira.
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) announces its new-look Scholarships format, a decision that was taken this year when ACT announced many changes to its funding strategy.
Funded by the Nedbank Arts Affinity and the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO), the 2017 Scholarships Programme presented by ACT is aimed at young South African performers in Grade 12 and aspirant performers under the age of 30 who are not currently registered in any course. The categories this year are acting, singing, dance and musical theatre.
After an intense search which was undertaken across all nine provinces, the ACT team and a judging panel have chosen well-deserved finalists in the relevant categories. No longer do contestants have to enter doing the triple threat and now have the chance to compete in singing, musical theatre, dancing and acting.
CURTAIN UP – REMEMBERING THEMI VENTURAS
Colleagues, supporters, family and friends are invited to join us as we remember the life and work of a remarkable person.
Playhouse Opera Theatre: Tuesday 26 September at 6pm
Curtain Up: There will be a gathering to celebrate the life of well-known theatre all-rounder Themi Venturas to take place in the Playhouse Opera on Tuesday (September 26) at 18h00.