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UJ Arts & Culture seeks to appoint an experienced Theatre Technician

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UJ Arts & Culture seeks to appoint an experienced Theatre Technician who will be responsible for all technical aspects of internal and external productions, concerts, events, festivals, seminars and conferences presented across the University's campuses, including the responsibilities listed below.

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UJ’s experimental theatre film Skeletons premieres at DIFF 2022

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UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA), is proud to announce the premiere of Skeletons, directed by Jade Bowers at the Durban International Film Festival 2022 taking place from 21-30 July 2022. Skeletons will showcase on 28 July 2022 at the Suncoast Cinema, Durban.

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Futures and Beyond: Creativity and 4IR Dialogue Series

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The Futures and Beyond dialogue series in July kicks off the conversations to be explored at this year’s Futures and Beyond Conference.

UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), in collaboration with Andani. Africa, a creative industries research and insights company, are getting ready to host a dialogue series setting the tone for the Futures and Beyond conference planned for August.

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UJ Artists in Residence call for applications

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The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Artists in Residence Programme is now open for applications for residencies commencing in January 2023.

Designed to stimulate arts practice as research, the UJ Artists in Residence Programme makes residencies available in Visual and Fine Arts, Music, Theatre, Performance and Dance, Design, Film and Television, and Literary Arts. The programme is open for applications from new, emerging, and established artists from across the globe, but preferably with a connection to Africa. Artists are eligible to apply for physical or remote residencies at the institution and depending on the nature of the proposed residency, successful artists may work partly or completely remotely.

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UJ announces artists in residence

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The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Artists in Residence Programme kicks off this July with its first cohort of nine artists in residence.

Designed to stimulate arts practice as research, the UJ Artists in Residence Programme will host several artists working in Fine and Visual Art, including Kagiso Kekana, Sonya Rademeyer, Juan Orrantia, Brenton Maart, and Egyptian artist Mai Al Shazly. Lindiwe Matshikiza and Yazeed Kamaldien have been selected for the Film and Television category and Jamil Khan and Mbuso Ndlovu have been selected to pursue projects in the Literary Arts and Music disciplines.

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New name of UJ Arts Centre theatre announced

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The Vice Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, announced the UJ Arts Centre theatre’s new name at the opening of ‘Hlakanyana’.

In tune with Africa Day celebrations, UJ announced that the UJ Arts Centre Theatre has been named after renowned poet Professor Keorapetse William Kgositsile. Chosen by the UJ Transformation Committee after a robust consultative process, UJ is delighted to honour South African Tswana poet, journalist, and political activist, best known by his pen name Bra Willie (1938-2018). Kgositsile lived in exile in the United States and later in Tanzania and was one of the first poets to bridge the gap between African poetry and black poetry in the United States. He returned to South Africa in 1990 and wrote of his experiences in the new South Africa. Kgositsile was named South Africa’s first National Poet Laureate in 1996. He later went on to receive the National Order of Ikhamanga for his contribution to literature.

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UJ Art Gallery call for artists to paint outgoing UJ Chancellor Professor Njabulo Ndebele

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UJ Arts & Culture a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA) and the UJ Art Gallery invites mid-career, emerging and established African artists to submit proposals for the commission to paint the outgoing Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, Professor Njabulo Ndebele, whose term ends in September.

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Ticket sales open for Hlakanyana

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Marking the celebration of Africa Day, ‘Hlakanyana’ is set to open at the UJ Arts Centre on 25 May.

After a long development journey since the advent of Covid-19, ‘Hlakanyana’ is set to bring folklore, award-winning music, and magic to the Keorapetse William Kgositsile Theatre at the UJ Arts Centre this Africa Day. Directed by South African theatre icon Janice Honeyman and featuring some of South Africa’s most promising emerging artists, ‘Hlakanyana’ features a cunning, unethical creature, depicted in animal or human form, and who is the long-awaited son of the chief of a village, but instead of being a uniting force he leaves devastation in his wake.

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UJ Art Gallery presents BODYLAND – A Site for Contemplation

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UJ Art Gallery presents ‘BODYLAND – A Site for Contemplation’ curated by Anelisa Mangcu from 7 May to 3 June.

UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), invites audiences to engage with some of South Africa's new and important voices working parallel to the metro-based ways of reading and consuming art in the new exhibition ‘BODYLAND – A Site for Contemplation’ curated by Anelisa Mangcu. The exhibition ventures into the heart, soul, and culture of the Tyhume Valley and Amathole region.

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The Sounds of Hlakanyana wins NIHSS Award

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‘The Sounds of Hlakanyana’ won the Award for Best Public Performance at the 7th Humanities and Social Sciences Awards 2022.

Presented by the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), the Humanities and Social Sciences Awards took place on 31 March 2022 where UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), and co-producer Madevu Entertainment were announced as the winners of the Best Public Performance award for their virtual concert ‘The Sounds of Hlakanyana’ that took place in 2021.

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UJ Art Gallery presents Privileges of Proximity

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Opening conversations, Thabo Seshoka is reimagining and repositioning the UJ Art Collection in Privileges of Proximity.

UJ Art Gallery is proud to present new UJ Curator, Thabo Seshoka’s first exhibition, Privileges of Proximity: In Conversation with the University’s Art Collection set to open on 2 April 2022. This is the first full exhibition opening since the start of lockdown in 2020 and the UJ Art Gallery invites the public to join them at 11:00 for 11:30 am at the UJ Art Gallery on the UJ Kingsway Campus in Auckland Park.

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MTN X UJ New Contemporaries Award first curator announced

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On 16 March, UJ Arts & Culture in partnership with the MTN SA Foundation launched the MTN X UJ New Contemporaries Award Programme and announced Khanya Mashabela as this year’s curator.

Mashabela was successfully selected as the 2022 curator by the Legacy Panel and initiated her research process in February. The programme requires her to conduct comprehensive desk research of emerging South African visual art practitioners working in a contemporary genre. During the research phase, Mashabela will be travelling to studios, galleries, and museums in as many of the provinces as possible; study relevant contemporary literature; and consult extensively with other specialists in the field of contemporary South African art, to enable the nomination of four candidates who will participate in the next phase of the Awards programme.

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