Conversing the Land Call for Entries

The MTN SA Foundation and UJ Art Gallery will continue their collaboration following on the successful Shifting Conversations exhibition (2017) that engaged with colonial and post-colonial narratives, and an exhibition of portraits entitled Continuing Conversations (2018) addressing various forms of identity through portraiture. The exhibition for 2019 will focus on depictions of landscape in all its manifestations.

Conversing the Land will present artworks from the permanent collections of MTN and the University of Johannesburg, as well as selected artworks derived from an Emerging Artists Development Programme. The exhibition will be curated by Annali Dempsey (UJ) and Katlego Lefine (MTN).

The Emerging Artists Development Programme affords you the opportunity to submit an artwork in response to or in conversation with, modern and contemporary South African landscape under the following themes:

Ten submissions will be selected and incorporated into the Conversing the Land exhibition, with nine of these emerging artists being awarded R3 000 each and one artist presented with a grant of R30 000 for future career development.

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About UJ Arts & Culture

UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA), produces and presents world-class student and professional arts programmes aligned to the UJ vision of an international university of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future. A robust range of arts platforms are offered on all four UJ campuses for students, staff, alumni and the general public to experience and engage with emerging and established Pan-African and international artists drawn from the full spectrum of the arts.

In addition to UJ Arts & Culture, FADA ( offers programmes in eight creative disciplines, in Art, Design and Architecture, as well as playing home to the NRF SARChI Chair in South African Art & Visual Culture, and the Visual Identities in Art & Design Research Centre. The Faculty has a strong focus on sustainability and relevance, and engages actively with the dynamism, creativity and diversity of Johannesburg in imagining new approaches to art and design education.