Conversing the Land exhibition announces call for entries

Conversing the Land
Conversing the Land

The MTN SA Foundation and UJ Art Gallery will continue their collaboration following on the successful Shifting Conversations (2017) exhibition that engaged with colonial and post-colonial narratives, and an exhibition of portraits entitled Continuing Conversations (2018) addressing various forms of identity through portraiture. The exhibition for 2019 will focus on depictions on landscape in all its manifestations.

Conversing the Land will present artworks focused on the landscape from the permanent collections of MTN and the University of Johannesburg, as well as selected artworks derived from an Emerging Artists Development Programme. The exhibition will be curated by Annali Dempsey (UJ).

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The Emerging Artists Development Programme invites you to submit an artwork in response to, or in conversation with, modern and contemporary South African landscape under the following themes:

  • Pastoral life
  • Industrialisation
  • Mining
  • Migrant families
  • Urban development
  • Overcrowding, insufficient housing and utilities
  • Forced removals and displacement
  • Yearning of the urbanite for the rural
  • Memory of a time and place that is no more
  • Mythical landscape

Ten submissions will be selected and incorporated into the Conversing the Land exhibition, with nine of these emerging artists being awarded R3 000 each for further development and one artist presented with a grant of R30 000 for future career development.

Submission dates: 9 and 10 September 2019

WHAT WORKS MAY BE ENTERED: Any medium, including painting, drawing, performance art (only in DVD format, maximum length five minutes), digital media (in DVD format, maximum length five minutes) and three-dimensional work is admissible.

For more info/entry forms e-mail


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