Kirsten Eksteen, a Michaelis graduate recently won a Merit Award at the Absa L'Atelier Art awards for her body of work titled "Patterns and Pattern Body". She was also selected as one of the Top 10 Finalists for 2018 for the Absa L'Atelier main award.
Embracing the Siyakhula (‘together we grow’) ethos embodied in the title of the upcoming Siyakhula Michaelis Auction in Cape Town, Marlene Dumas has donated 100 000 Euros (R1,8-m) towards the initiative to raise funds for promising artists from previously disadvantaged backgrounds who might otherwise not be able to attend University.
"There are mechanisms in place" an exhibition by Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum is showing at the Michaelis Gallery from 23 August 2018 to 21 September 2018. The show is curated by Nkule Mabaso and Nomusa Makhubu. The exhibition opening is at 17h00 on 23 August 2018.
Painter and photographer Janet Solomon has long been engaged with environmental concerns in her artistic practice. Best known for her Green Screen exhibition which travelled South Africa (2014 -2016) she is interested in the politics of nature representation and the limits of visualising the nonhuman. Seeking greater visibility for her concerns Solomon has recently turned her eye to cinematic film and made her first documentary Becoming Visible.
Emeritus Professor Bruce Murray Arnott passed away in Cape Town on Friday 20 July, just short of his 80th birthday. He was a formidable sculptor and academic, who taught at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT between 1978 and his retirement in 2003, and continued his association as a postgraduate supervisor and examiner.