Alma Vorster was one of the first two MFA students I supervised, along with my colleague Stephen Inggs in the late 1980s. The other was Jo Ractliffe. For both of us, they were challenging, committed students, engrossed in their work, and possessed of deep inner lives revealed in curious and engaging ways in their prints. Both had a view of a dark side of life, but also of its flipside – they recognised the magical. For Alma, the dark side along with its attendant fears and apprehensions was very much alive in her own life.
The winners of Connect South Africa, Ian Purnell and Kamil Hassim, will spend three weeks together at CERN, followed by five weeks in the group of astronomy observatories connected to the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO). Kamil Hassim is currently a MFA student at Michaelis.
Abongile Sidzumo completed his degree in Fine Arts at the Michaelis School of Fine Arts, Cape Town, South Africa, in 2019. In October 2021 he won the prestigious Gerhard Sekoto Prize, awarded to the most promising artist.
The Global Photographies Network (GPN) is a network of professional photographic organisations and educational institutions dedicated to expanding and fostering transnational discourse in contemporary photography. UCT Photography have been working with colleagues at the Falmouth School of Art, The Slade School of Fine Art University College London (UCL), Camberwell College of Art, Leeds Arts University, Westminster University, Universidad Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires & Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Akademin Valand in Gothenburg and others to create a new international network for sharing emerging photographic practice and meeting practitioners from all over the world.
Michaelis is staffed by some of South Africa’s leading fine artists, curators and art academics. Internationally, the school is recognised as one of South Africa’s foremost institutions for the study of fine art and new media at an advanced level.
Visual and Art History is a six-course major available to students in the Humanities Faculty studying towards a BA degree. The courses provide an opportunity to study both the history of the fine arts and the history of other key visual traditions and cultures, including architecture, interior and industrial design and dress.
The Honours Programme in Curatorship is offered by the Michaelis School of Fine Art and hosted by the Centre for Curating the Archive in close collaboration with Iziko Museums of Cape Town.
The programme offers courses in the theory and practice of curatorship, developing in students a sophisticated awareness of the practicalities, politics and poetics of working with collections of many kinds.