PRESIDENTIAL EMPLOYMENT STIMULUS PROGRAMME (PESP)
FUNDED ART TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR YOUNG ADULTS
The CAP Institute for Contemporary Art Practice has received a funding award from President Ramaphosa for a three-month training programme in the visual arts for emerging and aspiring artists between 18 and 30. The training programme forms part of the PESP programme that was announced at the end of 2020 as an employment stimulus initiative. It is an effort to create opportunities following many people losing their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.
15 individuals have been selected for this programme.
Starting on 6 April 2021, the CAP training programme involves visual arts education via an online platform for access to study material and assignments, as well as three physical training workshops.
The content of the modules is dense and covers a range of topics related to contemporary art practice. Ten modules in contemporary art practice will be completed over 12 weeks of training. The modules are: Colour, Composition, Markmaking, Perspective, Space, Anatomy of a concept, Photomontage, Chance, Exhibition Design Principles, and Exhibition proposal. Each project has one assignment to be completed. Students will be taught the fundamental principles of design as applied to the installation of art in an exhibition space. The Exhibition proposal module will guide participants in the methodologies of marketing and how to compile an exhibition proposal for presentation to a gallerist or curator. It will deal with the what, where, when, what, how of an art exhibition. A look will be taken at the art industry standards for the compilation of an artist bio and an artist statement.
Participants should be able to access the modules on their mobile phones or computers. The modules are interactive and includes text, audio, notes, video and online resources.
The goal of the training programme is to train individuals who can use the knowledge and skills set acquired to function more effectively as artists; to gain confidence and professionality in approaching galleries and other organisations; and to generate enthusiasm for becoming a creative professional.
The programme contains a carefully selected combination of modules that are geared towards a rapid entry into the art market and providing a varied skill set in contemporary art practice.
It is aimed at developing creative, conceptual and critical thinking, as well as increased technical facility.
Conceptual, creative and critical skills are developed in basic and advanced art practice; art theory and history; and professional exhibition practice.
Students will acquire an understanding of the principles of the formal language of art and gain an understanding of the processes of quality assurance and assessment of art production, which are important for their future potential of access to art institutions and organisations.
The project allows for entrepreneurship in the field of the visual arts and create earning opportunities.
The training programme will increase the participants chances of gaining access to the art market through being better equipped technically and conceptually and understanding the basic of professional exhibition practice.
Sustainability could be achieved through the new knowledge and professional skills sets acquired by the project participants, since they would be able to follow through more easily on creative methodologies and practices.
A Certificate of Competency in Contemporary Art Practice will be issued on completion of the training programme.
PROJECT NUMBER 3720101 NAC
Clement M ohale
Francelle de Plessis