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Discover the pleasure of drawing!

The Michaelis School of Fine Art and Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) will be hosting series of evening drawing workshops, open to members of the public, to be presented throughout the month of June. The Drawing Pleasure workshops are aimed at anyone who would like to discover or develop their ability to draw, and experience the pleasure of drawing in a supportive environment. Individual workshops take place over two consecutive evenings (Tuesday and Wednesday), and participants can register for any number of the three available workshops. Each workshop will be facilitated by a tutor with a distinct approach to the drawing process, allowing participants to select the workshops which best represent their interests. All drawing materials, including paper, will be provided.

Workshop 1 (Tuesday 11 June and Wednesday 12 June), will be facilitated Leonard Shapiro, who has extensive experience in facilitating drawing workshops for first-time drawers, as well as for those with previous drawing experience. In this workshop, he will introduce participants to a selection of techniques involved in observational drawing.

Workshop 2 (Tuesday 18 June and Wednesday 19 June) will be facilitated by Karen Stewart, who works for the Cape Craft and Design Institute and has twelve years of experience as a creativity and design facilitator. She will introduce participants to the art of seeing, developing methods to connect perception to the physical act of drawing. Participants will experience different kinds of mark-making and learn how to control a pencil through specifically designed activities.

Workshop 3 (Tuesday 25 June and Wednesday 26 June) will be facilitated by Katherine Bull, a visual artist with over ten years of teaching experience at tertiary level, who also works as an art therapist and runs private creative workshops in a range of media.This workshop will approach the drawing process as a tool for meditation and self-discovery. It will provide an introduction to various techniques that facilitate an awareness of the whole body as a tool for mark-making, exploring both the physical and psychological aspects of the Self through drawing.

The Drawing Pleasure workshops will take place at Hiddingh Hall, UCT Hiddingh Campus, on 11 -12 June, 18-19 June and 25-26 June; all workshop sessions will run from 18:00 – 21:00. Each workshop costs R240.00 , and all drawing materials, including paper, will be provided. Booking is essential and workshops are limited to a maximum of 20 participants; all bookings via www.webtickets.co.za.

For more information, please contact Leonard Shapiro on leonard@craftsouthafrica.co.za or 082 5530 824.

The Exchange: A creative economy

Now here’s an interesting concept! The world’s first cashless fashion boutique, The Exchange, has been opened by NATIVE at Cavendish Square in Cape Town.

Stocked with clothing and accessories from more than 25 of South Africa’s top designers, nothing in the store can be purchased with cash or credit cards – only by becoming an organ donor.

The concept for The Exchange (outlined at www.facebook.com/organdonorfan) was conceived by Ryan McManus, Executive Creative Director at NATIVE.
“Fashion has typically been synonymous with consumerism,” he explains. “We were looking for a way in which we could change the currency of meaningless consumerism and shift it to the currency of life by purchasing fashion with organ donor registration. We partnered with the Organ Donor Foundation and came up with the idea of opening a fashion boutique where, in exchange for a garment, the consumer can literally purchase an item by registering as an organ donor to potentially save lives.”

Samantha Volschenk, Executive Director of the Organ Donor Foundation SA says, “It’s not often that we come across such a compelling piece of work that will undoubtedly make such a big impact on our organisation. Each donor registration can hopefully save seven lives and with over 500 items in the boutique, we hope to reach a target of over 3500 possible lives saved. This will be an incredible result for us.”

The pop-up boutique opened 10 May 2013 and will remain open until all the clothing and accessories have been ‘exchanged’. This means any fashion conscious Capetonians with big hearts had better move fast.

To register as a donor online, visit www.facebook.com/organdonorfan.

African Creative Economy Conference: 6 – 9 October 2013

This dynamic conference will take place in Cape Town, South Africa (World Design Capital 2014) from 6-9 October this year. It follows popular annual conferences already held in Nairobi, Kenya and Dakar, Senegal. The ACEC has proven to be instrumental in creating demand for markets and raising the profile of African cultural goods and services within Africa and beyond.

With research revealing that Africa’s share of the global creative economy is less than 1%, the conference will be a well-timed opportunity to access the latest facts and findings on the continent’s creative industries. It will also be an ideal means of networking with key stakeholders and gathering the opinions of thought leaders from around the globe.

Visit the website to register and get your early bird discount: https://acec2013.org.za/.

New work: Janet Botes

‘The skyline in this city represents Cape Town, which has been my home for about 3 years. The work forms part of my ‘Home’ series, which I started after we moved to another flat. The series is focused on what ‘home’ means to me, but also explores my feelings around living in a city – dealing with its good and bad qualities and experiences, since I grew up and prefer living in a small town or the country side.’
- Janet Botes

Home: Reborn From Frustration
by Janet Botes
Watercolour and ink on acid free paper
Size: W:12cm x H:17.5cm (unframed)
Available from www.StateoftheART.co.za for R750

Opportunity: Win an Emerging Theatre Director’s bursary

The Theatre Arts Admin Collective invites applications for the 2013 Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary. This year, 2 bursaries are on offer, supported in partnership with the Baxter Theatre Centre and Distell.

The Bursary offers an emerging theatre director a mentor, a small budget, a month’s rehearsal space and a week of performance at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective. It is recommended that directors work with already existing scripts as the month-long period has proved insufficient for devised work.

Previous winners of this bursary include Amy Jephta, Tara Louise Notcutt, Asanda Phewa, Leopold Senekal, Pusetso Thibedi, Kim Kerfoot, Tsepo wa-Mamatu, Thando Doni, Nicola Elliott, Lidija Marelic and Khayelihle Dom Gumede. The 2013 bursaries will run over two periods:

Bursary 1:15 July – 17 August 2013
Bursary 2: 28 October – 30 November 2013

The Bursary is specifically designed for emerging theatre directors who have had some experience in directing and whose passion is to have a career as a theatre director.

If you are an emerging director and would like to grab this opportunity please submit: a 1-page creative proposal; your CV including 2 references with contact details; and indication of your preferred date to
artsadmin@mweb.co.za by Friday 10th May 2013.

The Bursary winners will be announced on Friday 24th May 2013.