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The latest news from Michalis School of Fine Art.

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.

Michaelis School of Fine Art will be at the Career Expo
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 - 20:45

Michaelis School of Fine Art will be at the Tertiary Fine Art and Design Institutions Career Expo that takes place on Friday 16 April 2021 at the Peter Clarke Art Centre. 

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2020
Thu, 25 Mar 2021 - 19:00

In 2020 much changed about the way we taught, thought and lived due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 4th Year students who were looking forward to a year of making art in studios with peers, suddenly found themselves back at home in Cape Town or other parts of the country, trying to make art under lonely, difficult circumstances. 

2021 Portfolio Development Workshop Opportunity
Fri, 12 Mar 2021 - 14:15

This two-semester workshop offered by the Creative Social Ethics program in collaboration with the UCT Michaelis School of Fine Art, is designed to improve and enhance applicants’ technical and conceptual skills, thus better preparing them for university studies. Classes will be held in person at Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town) Mondays and Thursdays from April 8 through July 1, and August 2 through October 7 (class times TBA).