Some of Nikita’s career highlights; during her time at Art.b Gallery she actively supported and advocated for funding for emerging artists, offering a platform for these artists to exhibit their work at little or no cost to the artist. She broadened the footprint of the gallery by diversifying the audience and the artists exhibiting at the gallery by offering educational programmes at the gallery and creating strategic partnerships with other organisations.
She also led the task team that developed the official Public Art Management Framework for the City of Cape Town, which is the first policy/strategy relating to public art for the City in 2017. This was an important milestone for the City because it demonstrated the City’s commitment to fostering an enabling environment for public art and promoting and creating opportunities for local artists.
Nikita explains, “The best vocations call us to give from the spaces within ourselves that we hold most dear. I see my role at Greatmore Studios Trust and Thupelo Cape Town Trust as such a scenario, asking me to hold both serious work and a sense of wonder in the same hand.”
Greatmore Studios Trust Chairperson, Mr Ahmien van der Walt, shares “Mrs Campbell brings a wealth of public and private experience with a professional background in arts programme management, curatorship, public art and community development and we feel confident with the decision we made.”
Mr van der Walt continues, “This appointment comes as a particularly challenging time for the Greatmore Studios Trust and Thupelo Cape Town Trust in raising funds for its ambitious projects. Nikita fits the profile perfectly for this position to take Greatmore Studios Trust and Thupelo Cape Town Trust to greater heights”.
The Greatmore Studios Trust and Thupelo Cape Town Trust counsel and Mrs Campbell will be available for interviews in May 2019. She will assume this position on 1 May 2019.
About Greatmore Studios Trust and Thupelo Cape Town Trust
Greatmore Studios Trust and Thupelo Cape Town Trust, both registered Trusts, are based in Woodstock, Cape Town. These projects grew out of the Johannesburg Art Foundation, Thupelo and the Bag Factory. Established as workshops and art programmes in the 1980’s, they remain dynamic projects exposing contemporary artists to current practices, processes of creative learning, interactive discussions and career planning.
Since inception, over 700 artists have passed through these workshops and residencies.
The history and contribution of these partner initiatives to the broader art community have been well documented in articles and books published locally and internationally. They are widely acknowledged for their immense contribution to growing an inclusive and interactive environment, dating back to the apartheid era where black artists were excluded from mainstream teaching and learning institutions.
The “South Africa: Art of a Nation” exhibition, which opened at the British Museum in London in 2017, showed some of the early work of the artists who were engaged in these institutions.
Nikita Campbell Biography
Nikita Campbell holds a degree in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town, with a professional background in arts programme management, curatorship, public art and community development. She is interested in the multiple ways in which arts, culture and creativity contribute to social cohesion and personal agency.
Career from start to current:
Fine Arts Scholar at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town (2005 – 2008)
Curator, Art B Gallery, City of Cape Town (2010 – 2012)
Project Manager: Public Art and Community Cultural Development (2012 – 2017)
Training and Mentoring Manager: The Butterfly Art Project, NGO (2018 – present)
Certification in Monitoring and Evaluation from the Stellenbosch School of Public Leadership (2012)
She is joining Greatmore Studios on 1 May 2019 and is committed to her continued mandate at Greatmore Studios and Thupelo Trust to develop and promote emerging artists and their careers in innovative and sustainable ways.