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Inga Somdyala named the MTN X UJ New Contemporary Awards 2022 winner


Excellence in curatorship, innovation, and digital technologies in art celebrated at MTN X UJ New Contemporary Awards

Johannesburg, 25 November 2022 - Inga Somdyala has been announced as the winner of the overall Artist Award at the inaugural MTN X UJ New Contemporary Awards on 25 November, while Nkule Mabaso’s curatorial excellence was acknowledged with the Legacy Panel Special Award.

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Arts and culture internship programme opens for applications


Arts & Culture at the University of Johannesburg is calling for applications for internships funded by Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA). A range of internships are available at several arts and culture organisations.

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The University of Johannesburg Choir presents its first Celebration Concert since 2019.

On 21 October, UJ Choir will share highlights of this year’s repertoire with family, friends, and supporters at St. Michael and All Angels' Anglican Church in Weltevreden Park at 19:00.

Under the directorship of Choirmaster, Renette Bouwer, UJ Choir performs their most diverse and experimental repertoire yet - with works of Don Macdonald, Will Todd, Pentatonix, Vienna Teng and more. This robust programme includes music composed by Mbuso Ndlovu, who is currently an Artist in Residence at the University of Johannesburg.

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MTN x UJ New Contemporary Awards – Artists Announcement


The ongoing partnership between the MTN SA Foundation and the UJ Art Gallery supported by Business and Arts South Africa, saw the introduction, and launch of the MTN X UJ New Contemporary Awards earlier this year. Unique in their approach, the awards look at developing both the curator and the artists selected to participate.

This year Khanya Mashabela was awarded the curatorship of MTN X UJ New Contemporary Awards and since her appointment earlier this year she has been formulating her research, selection of artists and curatorial vision for the inaugural event to be held on 25 November 2022 at UJ Art Gallery.

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UJ Arts Academy Showcase returns

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Offered to students from across the institution, the UJ Arts Academy presents a range of opportunities in dance, drama and poetry that culminates in an annual showcase, this year scheduled to take place at the Bunting Theatre from 20 to 22 October.

UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA), is proud to offer students a robust programme including weekly classes, workshops and masterclasses led by seasoned industry professionals. Additionally, through the Arts Appreciation Programme, students are exposed to full spectrum of arts and culture.

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Italian musician Raphael Gualazzi in concert at UJ


The Italian Cultural Institute in Pretoria in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in South Africa, the Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg and the Consulate of Italy in Cape Town is pleased to announce that the Italian pianist and jazz player Raphael Gualazzi will perform three concerts in South Africa free of charge. The Johannesburg Concert is scheduled to take place at the UJ Arts Centre on 19 October.

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Our Future: Africa-Europe Dialogues


Our Future: Africa-Europe Dialogues to explore democracy through innovation and creativity at free, accessible-to-all forum in Joburg

2 Days, 28 Events, 80 Speakers, 21 Nationalities, 23 South African & European Partners

The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), the French Embassy in South Africa and their South African partners are set to host the first of a cycle of regional forums in Johannesburg from 7-8 October. The forum, titled, ‘Paths to Democracy’, focuses on revitalising democracy through innovation and creativity as it passes through iconic sites from Soweto to Constitutional Hill.

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Nimrod Ndebele-Gerard Sekoto Collection unveiled at the UJ Art Gallery


The University of Johannesburg is proud to announce the opening of the long-term showcase of the Nimrod Ndebele-Gerard Sekoto Collection at the UJ Art Gallery, kindly on loan from University’s Chancellor, Professor Njabulo Ndebele. From the 22nd of September 2022, visitors to the gallery can view this unique collection of art that “resonate(s) with biographical, educational, social, economic, and political meanings which are not only encoded within them, but also resonate beyond them”.

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Competition for New Writing Set in Johannesburg


Short form writing in any language that expresses experiences of Johannesburg’s public spaces are eligible. Submissions should be maximum 4000 words in length, with no minimum word limit, and can be fiction or non-fiction in any literary form including poetry, prose, play or a film script. Authors from all age groups are welcome but must be previously unpublished. The writing should describe, discuss or be set in a specific public space somewhere in greater Johannesburg.

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A solo exhibition by Kagiso “Pat” Mautloa


The UJ Art Gallery proudly presents Kagiso “Pat” Mautloa’s new solo exhibition, ‘Urban Soundscapes – Crafting Spaces of Belonging’, curated by UJ Art Gallery curator Thabo Seshoka. Set to open on 6 August and run till 30 September, ‘Urban Soundscapes’ is inspired by ordinary life in urban spaces explored through the lens of the socio-political.

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UJ Arts & Culture gears up for Vrystaat Arts Festival


UJ Arts & Culture is gearing up for its tour to the Vrystaat Arts Festival taking place in Bloemfontein from 2 to 8 October.

A division of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg, UJ Arts & Culture will be touring to the ‘One festival, many stories’ annual event with four productions.

“The festival caters for a diverse audience and offers space for a broad range of arts and culture events making it the ideal destination for UJ Arts & Culture that has garnered acknowledgment for its interdisciplinary and experimental work,” says Pieter Jacobs, Head of UJ Arts & Culture.

The festival, based at the University of the Vrystaat, has been a part of the South African arts and culture calendar for 21 years and continues to bring multilingual, national, and international work in a range of genres to Bloemfontein.

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Poetry Africa is touring to Johannesburg

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This October, UJ Arts & Culture looks forward to hosting the Johannesburg tour of the Poetry Africa International Festival.

Presented by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the 26th Poetry Africa International Festival will offer a 3-day Johannesburg programme from 6 to 8 October in collaboration with UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg.

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