1. Assembled into or viewed as a whole.
  1. Of, relating to, characteristic of, or made by a number of people acting

as a group.

  1. An undertaking set up on the principles or system of collectivism.
  1. collective disagreement
  1. assent
  2. dissent

In light of the student protests it did not feel appropriate to simply continue to follow the blueprint of the previous Newwork shows. As a collective there were moments where we felt that having a graduate show would not be possible and that canceling it altogether would be necessary. We felt that the protests had to be taken into consideration with regard to what a graduate show implies. The graduate show marks a break, an end-point with the university whereas in reality the situation is much more fluid, messy and unresolved.

This iteration of the Newwork graduate show is what we thought would speak back to this current socio-political moment within tertiary education. We tried to reflect the urgency and instability of the current moment both in the form of the catalogue and the exhibition; undoing the singular opening night and a catalogue that documents individual works within a collective. We have instead tried to produce a catalogue that focuses on the collective tensions and congruencies in the group; a reality for any graduate class.

The show hopes to address the issues of who the curriculum is aimed at and designed by; its political orientation and its geographical relevance; and the current ideological crisis which stands around us. While this exhibition is a break from previous Newwork shows, this is merely our reflection of the moment and should remain as only that. We hope to prompt future Newwork shows to not simply reiterate previous versions, but to rather engage with their particular context.


  • 1 December 2016                                                 18:00/18:30-21:00


The Point of Order                Corner of Berth St, and Stiemens St.

Wits School of Arts              1 Jan Smuts Avenue

Wits Art House                     1 Jan Smuts Avenue

Art House Windows          9 Jorissen St.

Wits Art Museum                  University corner, Jorissen St & Bertha St.


  • 2 December 2016                                                 18:00/18:30-21:00


Anstey’s Studios                  59 Joubert St.


  • 3 December 2016                         12:00-15:00


Nothing Gets Organized      127 Albert S, 28 Nugget Square


  • Each space will stay open until 8 December between the hours of 10:00-15:00


Newwork_16 Catalogues and ‘UNTHINKABLE’ will be on sale at each event                        –           Cash

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