June 16: the other boy in the photograph

Photographer Robert Frank is quoted as saying that, “There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.” Using Sam Nzima’s iconic […]

By |June 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Uncovering hidden narratives in (South) Africa

Artistic Committee Member and curator of the Visual Art programme ERNESTINE WHITE-MIFETU says this year’s selection touches on all the different aspects of the lived […]

By |June 12th, 2018|0 Comments

New in 2018: Curated Spaces at the Monument

This year, for the first time, the National Arts Festival will be hosting curated exhibitions at the Monument. The purpose of this initiative is to provide […]

By |June 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Visual Art at 2018 – Giving silence a voice

This year’s National Arts Festival Visual Art programme marks ‘quite a change’ from traditional representational art forms – so there’s photography, performance intertwined with film, […]

By |May 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Young Artists prepare to take the wrappers off

Each year the Festival celebrates the work of the recipients of the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards, with each artist presenting exciting new work that […]

By |April 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Your chance to catch up with SA’s visual artists

Ismail Mahomed, the Festival’s Artistic Director, recently listed the artists who have begun arriving in Grahamstown to set up their shows ahead of the Festival […]

By |June 29th, 2015|0 Comments

Young Artists Inspire at the 2014 National Arts Festival

There is always much excitement and high expectations in Grahamstown when the Standard Bank Young Artists unveil the fruits of their labours to Festival audiences.  […]

By |June 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art sees double in 2014

Twenty eight year old twin brothers Hasan and Husain Essop have been named by the National Arts Festival as the joint winners of the 2014 […]

By |October 16th, 2013|1 Comment

2014 a big year for Standard Bank Young Artist Awards

The National Arts Festival last night named an unprecedented eight young South Africans winners of the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award, bringing to 125 […]

By |October 16th, 2013|1 Comment

Contemporary collections consider the historical at National Arts Festival

A contemporary look at the historical seems to dominate the 2013 series of Visual Art Exhibitions presented at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.


In her new […]

By |June 6th, 2013|0 Comments