Emerging Artists Programme Arts and Culture – City of Cape Town

40 Long Street

South African Sendinggestig Museum
40 Long Street
Cape Town

6PM - 9PM

The City of Cape Town recently launched an exciting new Emerging Artists initiative that aims to assist under-resourced emerging artists based in Cape Town to access opportunities, build capacity and showcase their work.For a city to thrive, participation in cultural activity is a vital mechanism for delivering on a range of outcomes including social cohesion, community well-being, civic engagement, transferable skills and economic growth. It also allows for self and group expression, creates a sense of belonging, and enables emotional, spiritual and intellectual growth.

The opening of the new Zeitz MOCAA has highlighted increasing global interest in African art and artists, while Cape Town’s visual arts ecosystem benefits from strong, local training institutions, established and diversified art galleries and annual events.Nevertheless, it remains challenging for many visual artists to make a living from their work, given the need for materials, exhibition and studio space, and access to training and development. These challenges are significantly greater for emerging artists and greater still for those from previously disadvantaged circumstances.

The Emerging Artist’s Programme will focus primarily on artists who’ve not had the benefit of resources, training and exposure as a result of historic inequality, but aims to be inclusive in its scope and impact. Arts and Culture will be partnering with organisations and initiatives across the city to develop and activate the programme.

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