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.
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).
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.
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.