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First round recipients of Ant Funding

Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC), is pleased to announce the first round of grant recipients of the Ant Funding for the period 2012 – 2013.

Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC), is pleased to announce the first round of grant recipients of the Ant Funding for the period 2012 – 2013.

 

As the primary objective for this funding is to support the mobility of performances and distribution of exhibitions in the Southern Africa region, priority was given to high quality projects that demonstrated participation across national borders, particularly across South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

The funding is available for projects in dance, theatre, music and visual arts which contribute to the increased faculties of the cultural sectors in the respective countries by strengthening networks and creating links.

 

For the first call, the successful projects who will receive up to ZAR 50,000 each are:

 

1.ZIMOKAD – Zimbabwe Mozambique Cultural Art Dialogue

The project ZIMOKAD will bring together four artists, Butcheca and Titos Pelembe from Mozambique, and Charles Kamangwana and Tapiwa Chapo from Zimbabwe, in an artistic exchange where they will present an exhibition of painting, stone sculpture, printing and ceramics as the result of the cultural dialogue between the two different countries.

2.The Pan African Space Station (PASS)

The grant will support the participation of Zimbabwean acclaimed musician Netsayi and her band Black Pressure at the next PASS during August in Cape Town, South Africa. For her performances at PASS, Netsayi will also collaborate with Durban based guitarist Madala Kunene and Johannesburg based trombonist and singer Siya Makuzeni.

 

3.Third World Bunfight Performing Company: Exhibit A

EXHIBIT A unpacks a dark history of racism. It looks back to the mid-19th century when racial stereotypes were being created in ethnographic displays across the West. The piece was developed and created from Brett Bailey’s time in Namibia in 2010, researching, writing and working with the original Namibian cast. The Ant funding will enable four Namibian artists: Marcellinus Swartbooi, Avril Nuuyoma, Chris Nekongo and Michael Beukes to travel to Grahamstown, South Africa to be part of the production.

 

4.Biennial Muvart:  5th Biennial of Contemporary Art

The MUVART project is an international and collective project of artistic expression conceived with the purpose of promoting investigation, innovation, creation, reflection and sharing of experiences on contemporary art. This event will host over 40 Mozambican and foreign artists and curators, including 2 from South Africa and one from Zimbabwe.

 

5.Living in this world

Living in This World is a visual art exhibition which will take place in Maputo, Mozambique and Johannesburg. The aim of this project is to encourage exchange and collaborative work where the artists will produce works in painting, performance, photography and video, which will then be exhibited in private and public spaces.

 

In addition to these regional projects, Pro Helvetia earlier supported two acts presented at HIFA in Zimbabwe: Derek Gripper (Guitar) and Jonathan Nkala's play 'The Cockroach'.

 

Three further calls will be made during this period. Complete details and guidelines for application are available  here. Applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the criteria before applying.

 

Pro Helvetia Johannesburg

Swiss Arts Council

Heerengracht Building

PO Box 31532

87 De Korte Street

Braamfontein 2017

Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Tel. +27 11 403 1880

Fax. +27 11 403 1605

johannesburg(at)prohelvetia.org.za

www.prohelvetia.org.za