The annual Cape Town Tierney fellowship meetings, normally hosted at Michaelis, were shifted online because of the complexities around meeting in person during the COVID19 pandemic. UCT hosted the fellowship workshops in Zoom on the 18 and 19 of February. The Tierney Fellowship is a partnership between the University of Cape Town, the University of the Witwatersrand and Market Photo Workshops.
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.
It is with great sadness that we say good bye to a dear friend, colleague, mentor and teacher at the end of May. Andrew Lamprecht has taught at the Michaelis School of Fine Art since 1998 and as permanent staff since 2001. He has over the years taught Discourse of Art, Theory & Practice of Art, Visual and Art History and practical subjects such as performance art and photography.
While we have all been struggling with the effects of the global pandemic and lock down there have also been some good news stories. Staff in Fine Art have been working hard to develop and deliver online learning and other learning materials to students all over the country.
The biannual Tierney Fellowship workshops took place at Michaelis School of Fine Art on 6 and 7 February. The fellows, Thero Makepe (UCT), Manyatsa Monyamane (WITS) and Kebelo Mokoena from Market Photo Workshop (MPW) were joined by their mentors Svea Josephy and Dominique Edwards, UCT, Neo Ntsoma (WITS) and Andrew Tshabangu (MPW).
2019 Michaelis Tierney fellow, Thero Makepe, and his mentors Dominique Edwards and Svea Josephy, joined colleagues at Market Photo Workshops and WITS in Johannesburg for the biannual Tierney Fellowship Workshops in October.
The third year Fine Art students studying Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing recently visited Black Ginger. They were accompanied by Johann van der Schijff and Melvin Pather who are currently running a Photogrammetry project with the students.