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Thursday, September 22, 2011


Calling all artists! The first part of the Arterial Network workshop with funding made available by the Swedish Institute kicks off on September 23 from 13h00 and runs over the weekend at the Centre for Creative Arts at UKZN in Durban.

Arterial Network is administered by a Secretariat based in Cape Town, an East African regional secretariat in Kenya and now a West African regional secretariat in Mali, and with regional secretariats in Central, South and North Africa in the pipeline. For more information visit

Aimed at training artists, Arterial Network wants to include as many Southern African Diaspora participants currently residing in South Africa as well as Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique on how to effectively fundraise for the arts using the Arterial Network Arts Fundraising Toolkit. The toolkits received an enthusiastic response when introduced to representatives from 29 African countries at a third AN Winter School in Bamako, Mali, earlier this year.

“A train the trainer component aims to equip participants to be able to train others in their country and/or their region in preparation for Arterial Network/African Arts Institute’s 2012-2014 training programmes on the continent,” explained Mike Van Graan, Secretary General for Arterial Network.

The second part of the workshop will be focused on innovative Sustainability Strategies for national chapters based on the recommendations of the Continental secretariat. Participants will be required to appoint Sustainability Officers to concentrate on strategies and activities that will build their national chapters.

In association with local partner: AN Continental Secretariat and AN SA, the workshops will take place at the Centre for Creative Art, UKZN, Durban, South Africa, from September 23 to 25. Entrance is free and trainers include Ukhona Mlandu-Letsika, Belisa Rodrigues, Suzy Bell and Nthando Ngqunge. The number of participants that can be accommodated is from 12 to 15 and the workshops run from 13h00 to 18h30 on September 23 and from 10h00 to 16h00 on September 24 and 25 (lunch & tea included). Participating countries include South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique. The workshop will also be an opportunity for the AN SA Steering Committee to meet on September 23 from 09h30 to 12 noon to discuss the way forward for the chapter. More information from Suzy Bell, AN SA Cultural officer Contact: 0763755675 /

The publications will be available for sale at the Arts Fundraising Workshop, at R120 each. They are also available from Arterial Network at the African Arts Institute offices, 25 Commercial Street, Cape Town 8001, phone +27 (0)21 465 9027 or