The Centre for Curating the Archive is pleased to announce the third session of the Spirals virtual seminar series, titled Data, Decoloniality and Digital Affordances. Circulating ideas about art, art practise and archival engagement between two lively, dynamic, yet different global north and global south settings, the series draws Berlin based art practitioners, curators and scholars into a conversation with scholars and students based in Cape Town.
We are happy to announce that Kurt Campbell is the new Director of Michaelis. Kurt completed a BAFA and PGCE at UCT before going on to get his MFA from the University of Stellenbosch. He attained his PhD from the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
In 2018 the Michaelis School of Fine Art organised the Siyakhula fundraising art auction with the aim of establishing a scholarship fund to support promising UCT postgraduate Fine Art students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who are in financial need.
In early July 2020, alumnus and 2019 Tierney fellow, Thero Makepe, was a finalist in the Blurring the Lines international student competition. Thero, who completed his studies in 2019, was one of five students nominated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art.
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.