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Mon, 31 Jan



Workshop: Artist as Shaman

In the modern world, the artist has taken over the role of the shaman. For our purposes in this workshop, we are interested in the artist as shaman in three roles: as endowed with special sight, insight and power; as transformer; and as healer. At Barbecue Bend, Hyperion Rd, next to Kyalami Circuit.

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Workshop: Artist as Shaman
Workshop: Artist as Shaman

Time & Location

31 Jan 2022, 08:30 – 04 Feb 2022, 16:00

Midrand, Midrand, South Africa

About the event

WORKSHOP 31 JAN- 4 FEB 2022 

EXHIBITION 5 - 19 FEB 2022

VENUE: Unit 37, Barbecue Bend Corporate Campus, Hyperion road, Kyalami

artandcollect Gallery next door

Why is shamanic practice becoming relevant again in contemporary art?

In a time of crisis, people look for solutions to transcend their current state of being. They try to find alternatives to and transcendence from what they are experiencing at that particular point in time. To some extent, covid has brought this condition on and induced a search for vision, for a path forward and for ways and means to reimagine the world.

The roles of the shaman and the artist have always been tied to vision and a position of being between two worlds: that of the visible and the invisible. The artist makes the invisible visible, and the shaman aims to transcend the visible and enter into another realm. Shamanism has roots outside of the West, in the cultures of indigenous peoples across the world, extending through Siberia, Australia, and Africa, as well as the Americas and pre-modern Europe. But shamanism itself is not a formalised system of beliefs or an ideology.

In the modern world, the artist has taken over the role of the shaman. For our purposes in this workshop, we are interested in the artist as shaman in three roles: as endowed with special sight, insight and power; as transformer; and as healer.

Keywords for this workshop: Earth consciousness | Ritualistic and meaningful objects | Rapture, transcendence | Yearning for ‘another‘ world | Transcendental experience | Healing | Transformation | Movement | Cosmogram | Bodygram | Masks | Collectivity


The workshop aims to rekindle creativity in thinking and doing, and present you with alternative ideas for your artmaking.

There will be focus on each participant’s individual art production, techniques and thought processes. Each participant will produce at least one new artwork during the workshop.

Advanced experimental thinking and creativity will be cultivated and developed. You will be encouraged to move out of your comfort zone – be prepared to become a shaman!


  1. Choose 3 objects that speak to you about your own Identity and history. With your phone or iPad take several photos of the objects in different conditions, settings and light. Bring your device with the photos to the workshop. You can bring those objects to the workshop if you wish and it is logistically possible.
  2. Collect a bag of scrap materials – anything – and make a mask, at least the size of a human face. This mask should speak to some situation you yourself or somebody else is experiencing at the moment.
  3. With your phone or iPad take several photos of a place or space that needs attention, is dilapidated, or is being renovated.
  4. Bring a large notebook with paper sheets, as well as ink, brush and small container for water.
  5. For the final works you can work in any medium: For painting bring two or three canvases and acrylic or oil paint, container for water, rags, turpentine (if working in oil) and anything to paint with EXCEPT brushes. No brushes allowed. If you want to paint with your hands bring plastic gloves. For drawing bring paper and a selection of dry media such as charcoal, soft pencils (5B-8B or softer), and pastels. For mixed media bring any choice of media you would like to work in, plus any surface such as paper/wood/canvas/Perspex. Bring a glue gun with. For sculpture bring materials for an assemblage, meaning you will combine and structure found or other materials. Bring materials to build an armature (structure to attach the materials to) and a glue gun. It could be a suspended (hanging) , wall or standing sculpture. For digital work, bring your laptop loaded with Photoshop or Photoscape and charger cable. You will have to print your work for the exhibition.


Every day from 09h00 to 16h00. Settling in from 08h30.

Bring own eats and drinks, although there are restaurants and a Pick n Pay around the corner.


The first day of the workshop will be introductory and set the tone for the workshop.


Exploration and experimentation


Starting the final artwork(s)


Finalisation of work



Talk on presentation of artwork to a gallery.

Setting up the exhibition


Saturday 5 February 2022 at 11 am – 1 pm

Until 19 February 2022



Places are limited to 20 on a first-come-first-served basis. Contact to book your place before or on 20 January.

There are no exhibition costs except for bringing a bottle of wine or juice and providing your own label for the work. All work will be for sale with 25% commission added.

Pay now through the website

Direct payment can also be made to:

Elfriede Dreyer

FNB current account


Branch code 259745

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