Goethe-Institut supports artists in South Africa

29.11.2017 - Press release

The Goethe-Institut Johannesburg is currently running a multi-disciplinary project that seeks to empower and develop the talent of local artists.

The Goethe-Institut has has called upon South African artists to submit their proposals for Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS) funding. The next call for proposals will be made available in June 2018.

Zara Julius' Proclamation 73 is among the projects that will be supported in 2018
Zara Julius' Proclamation 73 is among the projects that will be supported in 2018© www.musicinafrica.net

Founded last year, GPS is a multi-disciplinary travelling concept that allows musicians, actors, artists, performers, curators, choreographers, writers, dancers, composers, directors and film-makers to select the space and infrastructure they wish to work with.

Selected by a jury of independent arts professionals, namely Gerard Bester, Rangoato Hlasane, Doung Jahangeer and Nkule Mabaso, the projects include:

- Kutalachopeto (Performance by Helena Uambembe & Teresa Firmino, with curatorial assistance from Maren Du Plessis).

- Theatre in the backyard in O’okiep (Performance by Mhlanguli George in collaboration with Theatre in the Backyard, Gugulethu, Cape Town, and Garage Dance Ensemble O`okiep, Namaqualand).

- Anybody Dance Lab (Performance and zine production by Kristina Johnston and Julia de Rosenworth in collaboration with New Dance Lab, Any Body Zine and the Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Cape Town).

- Earthen (Ceramics by Sylvester Mqeku in collaboration with the Department of Design and Studio Art at the Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein).

- Ses'fikile (Photography, Film and Performance by Jabulile Newman in collaboration with Zer021, Cape Town).

- Proclamation 73 (Audio-visual archival project by Zara Julius and Chandra Frank in collaboration with the Durban History Museum).

Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS)
Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS)© Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

GPS is a multidisciplinary roving project space that follows the footsteps of GoetheOnMain, a creative space at Arts on Main in Johannesburg that closed in November 2016.

Designed as a non-commercial, artist-centred platform, GPS does not only support artists and their projects but also the many structures, platforms and festivals that exist and need partnerships of this nature in order to flourish.

GPS forms part of Goethe-Institut’s programme that promotes intercultural engagement through fostering dialogue and exchange in the arts.

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