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.
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.
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.