Talent Unlocked 2018

RMB Talent Unlocked in partnership with Assemblage and VANSA will be presented at the RMB Turbine Art Fair 2018 this week. Opening on Thursday 12 July and running until Sunday 15 July. For more information and to get your tickets visit www.turbineartfair.co.za

Assemblage, in collaboration with VANSA and Turbine Art Fair, has coordinated a six month intensive workshop programme funded by Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) and  with a supporting grant from Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) for 18 emerging artists. The objective of this comprehensive programme was to provide the selected artists with support and guidance to develop their work with tools to sustain their art career once the programme is complete

The programme concludes with a booth at the RMB Turbine Art Fair where the artists will be exhibiting their exciting new work.This exhibition of emerging artists will be curated by Fulufhelo Mobadi.

Here is a list of our Mentors and participating artists:
Mentors: Koulla Xinisteris, Murray Turpin, Lara Koseff, and Lawrence Lemaoana
Artists: Vanessa Tembane, Theko Boshomane, Sharon Moses, Selwyn Steyn, Ofentse Seshabela, Nathi Khumalo, Mncedi Madolo, Mignon Modema Mayhew, Marguerite Visser Sanders, Lusanda Ndita, Loreal Vos, Lebogang Mabusela, Keneilwe Mokoena, Jessica Le Roux, Henrietta Elizabeth Scholtz, Andre du Toit & Tamara Langwe, Xoliswa Ngwenya, Zandri Oosthuysen

We will be sharing feedback and updates after each workshop. See what we got up to at last week's Talent Unlocked workshop.
These are images of what's been happening at the workshops.

Session 1:

Our first session at Umuzi begins with an introduction to the program. Artist got to introduce themselves whilst also sharing their positive and negative experiences as practicing artists. The artists also received some worthy advice from Thenjiwe Nkosi about how she navigates the art industry, what not to do and the importance of written down agreements/contracts.

Session 2:

Session 2’s workshops, held at Umuzi, focused on Seeing Your Art Practise as a Business with Tiffany Mentoor. Mentoor spoke to the artists about the benefits of registering themselves as a business and the importance of having a business mentor as guidance. She also spoke to the artists about Taxes, how to best plan for a healthier financial future and investing your money towards a retirement fund. The artists had a lot of questions and Tiffany was able to assist them with the new information.

Session 3:

This workshop session focused on Project Management. This session was facilitated by Maria Paola McGurk. Maria Paola spoke to the mentees about how to manage, install and budget for an exhibition and various art projects. How to draw in your target audience for exhibitions and projects as well as the importance of understanding the aim behind each show and how that informs the planning .

Session 4:

This Talent Unlocked workshop, facilitated by Mike Smith focussed on How to Write About Your Artwork. Smith discussed with the artist “how to” and “how to not” write about their work, that words and phrases impact how a work is understood and received by an audience. This workshop was followed up by an intensive writing crit session with each of the individual artists in conjunction with the works they have been producing.

Session 5:

Saturday’s Talent Unlocked Session was one of many packed with insight and information. This session focussed on Documenting Your Artwork facilitated by Gemma Garman as well as Approaching Galleries and Pricing Your Work by Lara Koseff. Garman spoke about the importance of photographing artworks for archival purposes, creating online and physical portfolios while Lara Koseff discussed with the artists how to correctly approach galleries and how this may impact an artist’s career. 

Session 6:

 The sixth out of eight workshops recently happened on Saturday, 5 May. 
Saturday session was truly insightful. The session that was held at the Wits Art Museum, focused on Funding with the director of VANSA, Molemo Moiloa. Molemo explored the different types of funding that are available to artists and how to tailor a proposal for each fund. Molemo also did an in depth session with the artist that included an analysis of writing a successful proposal and including a budget outline. We ended off the day with another peer mentoring session.

Session 7:

A chilly Saturday morning but an eventful start to the day. Session7 focused on marketing with Amanda Sibiya from Conté. Sibaya gave an interactive session with the artists on how to develop and present yourself as a brand. Artists were taught the importance of self-branding based on the artist’s best skills and how this forms the artist’s brand identity

Session 8:

The last workshop session on Saturday was an educational one.  Two workshops in one day at WAM. We began the first session with Art Law, facilitated by Fleur de Bondt from Studio Facture. de Bondt delved into copyright laws and how it applies to artists. Duration of the a copyright Monopoly writes and what they are.

Our second session begins after a hearty lunch. Sustaining Your Art Career with Gordon Froud was truly inspirational and insightful. Froud spoke to the artist about ways in which you can sustain your career well into retirement, what are good standard practices and the do’s and don'ts of being a professional artist. The session ended with a round of questions from the artists.