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.
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- Ashley Walters, alumni and part time lecturer in the Michaelis photography section, features in the Summer 2017 edition (#227) of Aperture Magazine, entitled Platform Africa. ...
‘Hush Hush’ is a group show opening at the SMITH Studio and Gallery in Church Street.
It includes work by part time staff members of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Thandiwe Msebenzi and Ashley Walters, alumni Paris Brummer and Post Grad diploma student, Johno Mellish. ...
- Erf 81: Two decades of living on the fringe Erf 81, also known as the Tamboerskloof Farm, is a retired military magazine and site of layered historical value, currently threatened by urban development. While it has been largely unused by the city, in 1995 André Laubscher and his family moved onto the land and inaugurated a vibrant and creative community there. The farm, now a home and work environment to many people including artists, musicians and writers also operates as a foster home for abandoned children, a place to grow vegetables, a neighbourhood market, a creative centre and a conservancy for animals whose habitat is increasingly endangered. ...
- Michaelis alumni Mohau Modisakeng is representing South Africa, along with artist Candice Breitz, at the South African Pavilion in the 57th Venice Biennale (Sale d'Armi, Arsenale, Venice, Italy). As part of the two-person presentation, curated by Lucy MacGarry, Modisakeng presents an immersive video installation titled Passage (2017) – a three-channel projection that meditates on slavery’s dismemberment of African identity and its enduring erasure of personal histories. ...
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 in close collaboration with Iziko South African Museums. 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.