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Renegotiating the Street: An Exercise

The Point of Order and Jarrett Erasmus presents Renegotiating The Street, in fulfillment of a Master in Art in Fine Art The project interrogates discrete but connected areas: the street and the gallery, in two events in Johannesburg 14.01.2017 – 7pm – 29 Benbow Street, Troyeville, Johannesburg 16.01.2017 – 6pm – The Point of Order, cnr Bertha and Stiemens streets, Braamfontein Erasmus elaborates on the motivation behind Renegotiating The Street: “Through an engagement with exhibition making I intend to explore what happens when these spaces start  to cross over into each other, when the work becomes removed from its conventional setting and what happens to the people of these spaces, and how do they function when this kind of intervention takes place?” For additional information please email : jarretterasmus@gmail.com...

NEWWORK16

[NEWWORK 16] GradShow   adj. Assembled into or viewed as a whole. Of, relating to, characteristic of, or made by a number of people acting as a group. An undertaking set up on the principles or system of collectivism. collective disagreement assent 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...

MA in Fine Art

Masters of Arts in Fine Art Application Information Deadline for applicants who are intending to apply for Merit awards*: 20th October. Extended deadline: 15 November The MA in Fine Arts program at the Wits School of Arts is a program defined by research and artistic practice, thought from the contexts of the contemporary South African University. Within the research component of the program we offer a structured series of critical engagements through workshops, seminars and reading groups that the student selects from according to their interests and reflect the diversity of artistic approaches of the Division. Themes that can be studied within these include but are not limited to Spatial and performative practices, public art, site-specificity; Language, Sound, Translation; Experimental and documentary arts; Decolonization; and the Curatorial. Such workshops, seminars, or reading groups will be run by different staff members during the first semester of the year and feed into the writing of a more formal proposal and thesis, as well as artistic practice over the 2 years. For the application you would need to prepare the following documents and a short proposal that outlines your field of interest for research and practice during your MA. This is just an initial proposal and only needs to outline a direction for the practice and research. However, it is important to see practice and the research as connected. MA Application requirements – A personal motivation reflecting why you want to apply for an MA degree, how this relates to your personal trajectory and history. How this will develop your artistic or other creative practice. (250 – 500 words) – A proposal...

A Last Thursday Conversation

Join the finalists of the Wits Young Artist Award 2016 A Last Thursday Conversation | 6 for 6:30pm | The Point of Order Finalists Mikyla  Bhoopal Simnikiwe Buhlungu Dineo  Diphofa Simone Le Roux Malebona  Maphutse Boitumelo  Motau Sabica Pardesi Chris Soal Stephanie  Thurman Maynoon Wu Maren Du Plessis Gemma Hart For more information about the award click...

Wits Young Artist Award

The Division of Visual Art at the Wits School of Arts invites you to the opening of the first annual Wits Young Artist Award (WYAA) Date: 12 August Time: 6pm Venue: The Point of Order, cnr Bertha and Stiemens Streets, Braamfontein Winners to be announced on 1 September 2016 About the WYAA: Over the past  ((….)) years, the annual Martienssen Prize has been awarded to honour artistic excellence produced by senior Wits Fine Arts students. Although change was inherent in its previous iterations, the award saw an accelerated shift in its structure in recent years. Taking place at various locations, including Museum Africa in Newtown, the award fostered links between the Division of Visual Arts and other art institutions in the city. Its return to Braamfontein in 2011 has positioned the award as an important contributor to the area’s growing cultural hub, which has attracted artists, galleries and various cultural institutions. The newly established Wits Young Artist Award (formerly known as Martienssen Prize) is born out of a need for more than “change”. It is an urgent call for rethinking and re-imagining what an Art Award means in a Pan-African University which acknowledges the idea that decoloniality is an embodied experience of the postcolonial moment. This year not only sees a change in the name of the award, but also enables further interrogation by challenging the notion of “artistic excellence”. It intends to redefine how Art Competitions are governed. Through interrogating the processes of submission, adjudication, and project manifestation, the WYAA implements the mandate of decolonizing the art competition itself. Through this process, notions of ‘failure’ come to signify...

NEWWORK16 Silent Auction

Please join the NEWWORK16 group for a Silent Auction Saturday 4 June | 18:00 to 20:00 | Room Gallery & Projects Click on the image for more...

NEWWORK16 @ Room

Please join the NEWWORK16 Group for various interventions at Room Gallery & Projects | 23 Voorhout Street, New Doornfontein Key event dates 21 May 28May 4 June For regular updates please check Facebook Exhibition...

NEWWORK15

The Point of Order | NEWWORK15 Graduate Show 24 November | 18:30 |Wits Art Museum, The Point of Order and Various other spaces in the WITS School of arts building and Art House NEWWORK 15 The Wits School of Arts, Division of Fine Art hosted NEWWORK15, an exhibition of work by young artists in fulfilment of a BA Fine Art degree. As always, the exhibition was located at the WITS Art Museum, The Point of Order project space, and surrounding studio spaces in the Wits School of Arts and Arthouse.. The graduating class was hard at work to develop a series of proposals that respond to the urgent issues raised by the national student movement #FeesMust Fall October/November last year. They  made a principled decision to reassess some of the many taken-for-granted processes that the project includes. These decisions include: – to develop a stronger democratic set of curatorial processes for the exhibition – to challenge the transparency of the exams – to reassess how money fundraised by the class is spent on the exhibition and the catalogue The response from the division of Fine Art was supportive. Students  joined the discussions and assessment of their final bodies of work, and this served to generate some transparency in the exam process and also provide the moment for a collective curatorial framework to be developed. Furthermore, the graduating class decided to publish a catalogue that is streamlined and efficient in how it uses resources and printing processes. As the catalogue leans towards a lo-fi configuration, a substantial  sum of money was opened up. The class decided that this money, raised...

NEWWORK15 Auction

The Point of Order | NEWWORK15 Auction 2 September | 18:30 | The Point of Order The graduating class of 2015 hosted a silent and live auction on 2 September 2015 at the DIVA exhibition space – The Point of Order. Work from fine art alumni, staff and of course, the class of 2015 were on offer.  The auction is a crucial fundraiser for the graduating class, and proceeds will go towards publishing a catalog and the final exhibition for the the class of 2015. The launch of the catalog will be at the NEWWWORK15 graduate exhibition to be opening at the WITS Art Museum on 24 November 2015. The auction was conducted by former Strauss & Co. auctioneer Ruarc Peffers. Thank you to all who came out to support this initiative. Some of the work on auction will include artworks by: David Andrews Jeremy Wafer Frances Goodman Zen Marie Bettina Malcomess Dorothee Kreutzfeldt Juan Orrantia Walter Oltmann Shogan Naidoo Ben Law-Viljoen Danielle Wepener Jessica Webster Simon Gush Reshma Chhiba MJ...

2015 Martienssen Prize winners

The 2015 Martienssen Prize was won by 3rd Fine Art student Siyanda Mhlambi, merit awards went to Refiloe Namise, and the collective of Chad Cordeiro and Nathaniel Sheppard. The Point of Order | Noswal Hall, Cnr Bertha and Stiemans streets Exhibition dates – 29 July to 13 August 2015 | 10am to 4pm A Watershed Moment, the title of the 2015 Martienssen Award. For the first time the award will took place at The Point of Order, the newly launched gallery space of the Division of Visual Art at the Wits School of Arts. The gallery’s proximity at the bottom of the Noswal Hall building had inspired the brief given to students, which, although left open, points towards recognizing the role of education and its relationship with human energies, life-experiences and institutions surrounding the gallery space. A Watershed Moment was curated by Fine Art lecturer Gabi Ngcobo. Siyanda Mhlambi says about her winning work There is no Title “It is a video performance of pushing my hand through a heap of fragments of a China bag, as if disturbing it. First of all, the China bag is significant in my practice, as I have been looking at what it has come to represent, especially in Africa- the ideas of migrancy and immigrancy, of visible and invisible borders, and the second ‘Scramble for Africa’ in the form of globalization. However, unlike Kay Hassan and Dan Halter, my interest in the bag lies in its deconstruction. In tearing it up I attempt to make it unrecognizable, as well as highlight this laborious process (juxtaposing its construction through labour). The video was...

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