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

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.

Prominent academic, author and chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Professor Njabulo Ndebele has served two terms as the Chancellor at the University of Johannesburg. The University of Johannesburg regularly commissions portraits of the people who have played their part in the success of the institution. These portraits celebrate their success and their contribution and inspire others in turn.

“2022 is a significant year for the UJ Art Gallery, we are witnessing several changes and significant developments in our space. We are privileged to have been entrusted with commissioning a portrait of the outgoing Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, Professor Njabulo Ndebele. Prof Ndebele has played a significant role in the development and transformation of the arts across South Africa; being responsible for this commission is an honour for the Art Gallery, and we look forward to working with the successful artist in materializing this project,” says UJ Art Gallery Curator Thabo Seshoka.

The adjudication criteria will be based on originality, quality, technical competence, strength of the concept, medium (oil on canvas) and size (height 110 cm x width 100 cm).

To apply mid-career, emerging and established African artists will need to submit the following:

  1. A brief portfolio of work (three images of previous artworks).
  2. A brief biography and list of previous commissions and/or exhibitions.
  3. A cost estimate

Click here to apply

For more information, contact Thabo Seshoka, Curator: UJ Gallery – gallery@uj.ac.za. Application should be submitted by the 2th of May 2022.

Please note: The University of Johannesburg is a mandatory vaccination site. Proof of vaccination and ID is essential to gain entry onto the premises.


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 (www.uj.ac.za/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.