2018 Velobala Exhibition-Making Development Project: Call for Applications


The African Art Centre calls on young artists and arts practioners to apply for an exciting new opportunity as part of the Velobala Development Programme. This initiative encourages young people to further their art and design proficiencies by including exhibition-making as part of their skill-set.  The Velobala Exhibition-Making classes will include workshops and hands-on implementation of approximately three exhibition platforms.

“Producing and implementing an exhibition is a skill which is rarely developed and highly needed in the art industry.  We envisage that this new programme will provide local individuals the initial and necessary tools to follow steps towards a career in exhibition making and design.  Carol Brown, Durban’s respected curator, former director of the Durban Art Gallery and current Director of Curate.A.Space, will facilitate the programme. Carol has accrued an enormous wealth of knowledge both locally and internationally in this field and we are excited that she will share her expertise with the selected individuals,” says Magdalene Reddy, Director of the African Art Centre.

Interested applicants must email a motivation letter and a portfolio of previous experience to the africanartcentre@afri-art.co.za by 20 April.  Interviews will be conducted on 23 April. Programme commences on 30 April.

Applicants meeting the following criteria will be advantaged:

  • Attended any form of art training
  • Previous experience in exhibiting art and design
  • Must be available to attend all training and mentorship sessions (approximately six morning workshop sessions in addition to three exhibition planning and preparation sessions).  All sessions will take place during the week. The programme will commence at the end of April and run until October 2018.

This free training opportunity is made possible by funding received from the National Lotteries Commission.  

For more details contact the African Art Centre on 031 3123804 or email africanartcentre@afri-art.co.za


About the African Art Centre:

The African Art Centre is a fine art and crafts centre with a gallery and a retail outlet.  Our core work focusses on artist development, showcase and growing the creative economy.

The African Art Centre was initiated in 1959 by the Natal Region of the South African Institute for Race Relations.

Role of the African Art Centre during the Apartheid Era:

  • Medium of communication in a divided society
  • Worked towards bringing people with common interests together
  • Public showcase of African artists and crafters

In 1984, the African Art Centre was registered as a non profit section 21 company

AAC Recognizes and addresses: 

  • The problems of unemployment
  • The socio-economic consequences of South Africa’s history
  • The need for all people to have the opportunity to work and earn a living
  • The intrinsic value of human dignity achieved through being able to work
  • The need to kindle and stimulate self-motivation through acquired skills
  • The need for personal gain and development to be linked as directly possible to personal effort - self-sustaining and economically


Creating an enabling environment for the sustainable development, promotion and preservation of African arts and crafts with special focus on KwaZulu-Natal.


  • To provide a platform for training and development
  • To provide an outlet for promoting and selling works done by KZN artists and crafters
  • To create jobs and a sustainable income for KZN artists and crafters
  • To provide a professional space for young and established artists and crafters to exhibit
  • To discover, encourage and nurture works of creativity, originality and the highest quality
  • To communicate and document traditional and contemporary trends in local arts and crafts
  • To preserve our cultural heritage