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The latest news from Michalis School of Fine Art.

Alma Vorster remembered - an orbituary by Professor Pippa Skotnes
Wed, 03 Nov 2021 - 09:00

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.

Kamil Hassim and Ian Purnell, winners of Connect South Africa, a dual residency between CERN, SARAO and SAAO
Sun, 24 Oct 2021 - 20:15

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 wins the 2021 Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Prize
Sun, 24 Oct 2021 - 20:00

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.

Global Photographies Network Photobook Project in collaboration with Hydra
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 - 10:00

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 graduate Buhlebezwe Siwani has won the 2021 Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art prize
Thu, 09 Sep 2021 - 11:00

Michaelis alumni Buhlebezwe Siwani has won the 2021 2021 Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art prize. Buhlebezwe Siwani completed her postgraduate degrees with distinction at the Wits School of Arts (BAFA Honours) and the Michaelis School of Fine Arts (MAFA).

Sustainable photography garden and Spekboom garden at Michaelis
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 - 22:00

In August second year photography students at Michaelis planted a Spekboom garden and helped begin the journey towards setting up a sustainable darkroom.

Recent Graduates Ranji Mangcu and Gemma Carosin are finalists in Blurring the Lines Photography competition.
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 - 21:45

We are happy to announce that recent Graduates Ranji Mangcu and Gemma Carosin are finalists in the 2021 edition of the Blurring the Lines Photography competition. In this, the sixth edition, the judges received 156 very high-quality projects coming from 39 participating art schools worldwide.

Michaelis alumni Shakil Solanki’s second solo presentation ‘The Pearl Fishers’ at WHATIFTHEWORLD
Mon, 05 Jul 2021 - 21:00

On this occasion, the artist engages in a sensuous reimagining of Georges Bizet’s 19th Century opera, ‘The Pearl Fishers’, through a new series of poignant gouache paintings.

Michaelis alumni Simphiwe Ndzube’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States of America
Mon, 05 Jul 2021 - 20:45

In the first US solo museum exhibition for South African contemporary artist Simphiwe Ndzube, ‘Oracles of the Pink Universe’ presents eight new works exploring the interplay between magical realism and history.

Michaelis Emeritus Professor Gavin Younge has vivid memories of June 16, 1976
Fri, 02 Jul 2021 - 11:00

Retired University of Cape Town (UCT) Emeritus Professor Gavin Younge has vivid memories of the day. He wasn’t in Soweto; he was at UCT’s Hiddingh campus in Cape Town, at the Michaelis School of Fine Art.

Over the Horizon by Jean Brundrit
Thu, 03 Jun 2021 - 12:15

Over the Horizon is Jean Brundrits’ latest solo exhibition which opened at the AVA on 2 June 2021. This work is the result of Jean Brundrits’ sabbatical in 2019 during which she experimented with making and photographing through ice lenses. This culminated in a six-week voyage to Antarctica to experience and image the ice shelf.

Sony World Photography Awards Open Competition Announcement
Mon, 19 Apr 2021 - 09:45

Today the winners of the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards were announced. We are very excited to see that Tamary Kudita, Michaelis graduate class of 2017 who majored in photography at the school, has been awarded the Sony World Photo Award in the open category.