As part of the objective of the South African National Association of the Visual Arts (SANAVA) to empower and support the professional development of artists, a workshop and exhibition is launched at the Southern Cape Association for the Visual Arts in George. The project will be presented by Prof. Elfriede Dreyer, who is affiliated with Unisa as an Extraordinary Professor. She has worked for more than 30 years in the art industry, both nationally and internationally. Her artworks have been exhibited at major galleries, museums, universities and art festivals. From May to August 2023 she presented a solo of her own work in Bages, France, and curated an exhibition at the same gallery. She was the overall curator of the KKNK in 2015; curated exhibitions in Belgium, France and Canada; and she has adjudicated at most of the national competitions including Absa l'Atelier, Sasol New Signatures, and the Portrait Award. In 2015 she founded the CAP Institute for Contemporary Art Practice which offers workshops, curated exhibitions and online academic courses in Visual Arts. She continues to receive grants from prestigious institutions, in 2021 she was a recipient of the Presidential PESP Award, and has been holding National Research Foundation rating as researcher since 2012.
Elfriede is widely known as an empathetic and supportive mentor who has the ability to develop artistic talent in others. She has complete study guidance to more than 30 masters and doctoral students, but also works with professional and upcoming artists to develop technical, conceptual and professional skills. A key strong point is her complex and interdisciplinary frame of reference due to her academic qualifications in various disciplines.
Part 1: Assessment of artworks
On Day 1, the day before the practical workshop, you will have a chance to have some of your works assessed that were done prior to the workshop. Present any but not more than 3 works to be assessed in terms of idea and execution. The purpose is to learn and grow. You have to book a specific slot of 30 minutes for this. There are only 14 slots available: 6 slots from 9am to 12 noon, and 8 slots from 1pm to 5pm. It would be beneficial for all to be present for the duration of all the crits.
Part 2: Practical workshop
I believe in the development of each artist’s individuality, no matter who you are and where you are from. Some of the world’s greatest art has been produced by people from the most unexpected backgrounds and surroundings, and often by people without academic art training. The important factors in becoming a successful artist is your vision, dedication and marketing skills. All of these will be addressed during the workshop.
For three days there will be a workshop dealing with the identification and selection of content for artmaking; the development of ideas ;and the practical execution of ideas. Advanced experimental thinking and creativity will be cultivated and developed. There will be focus on each participant’s individual art production, techniques and thought processes. Each participant will produce several artworks during the workshop and the best thereof will be go on exhibition.
The workshop’s theme of OBJECT is concerned with finding content in the things/ objects that surround us. You will work with memory, history, culture and identity in your conceptual development and technical making. Once you have registered for the workshop, you will receive information regarding your preparation and homework for the workshop. You can work in any medium and form of expression of your choice, including painting, dry graphic media, digital work or sculpture. However, be mindful that the work has to be completed during the 3 days, and if you want to print you should have access to a printing facility. Paintings don’t have to be framed, and it is advisable to work on stretched canvas and not paper. If you want to do sculpture you need to work in assemblage or quick-drying media.
Part 3: Exhibition
On conclusion of the workshop, selected workshop works will go on exhibition until 15 November 2023. Each artist will have the opportunity to exhibit work on this exhibition. Work will be for sale. On Saturday morning we will set up the exhibition to open that evening and there will also be a talk on how to market yourself as an artist and how to compile an exhibition proposal.
Preparation and Materials
After you have booked for the workshop you will receive a document outlining your preparation for the workshop. Your preparation will include some reading; some thinking; and putting together art materials.
Bring all your materials to the venue on the first day of the practical workshop (Day 2). Every day our activities will start at 9am sharp.
DAY 1: Tuesday 24 October, 9am – 12pm; 1pm - 5pm
Crits on existing works.
Whatsapp me at 0832712342 to book your slot:
9am. 9.30am. 10am. 10.30am. 11am. 11.30am 1pm. 1.30pm. 2pm. 2.30pm. 3pm. 3.30pm. 4pm. 4.30pm
DAYS 2 – 4: Wednesday – Friday 25-27 October, 9am – 4pm
Practical workshop. Afternoon late, setting up of the exhibition.
DAY 5: Saturday 28 October, Exhibition opening at 10am
Opening of the exhibition at 10am.
This will form part of an open meeting at 9am at SCAVA for all Association members on the work of SANAVA, the national competitions and how to apply for a residency at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris, which SANAVA owns and manages.
Cost and booking
Total cost inclusive of the crits and workshop: R3200. Workshop only without crit R3000.
Bookings close on 15 September 2023.
firstname.lastname@example.org +27 83 2712342
Or book your workshop attendance and assessment of work here on the website
Course content is based on an open university model of teaching visual arts
The course content integrates art practice, art theory, history of art and professional art practice.
Certificates are issued on completion of the Certificate and each Short Course that reflects the content of the course as well as the CPD hours completed