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Thursday, October 20, 2011


(Pic by Val Adamson: Greg Streak)

Multi award winning, internationally-acclaimed South African contemporary visual artist Greg Streak will host an intensive day-long workshop aimed at developing creative thought and critical thinking, at the Centre for Fine Art, Animation and Design (CFAD) in Morningside, on October 22.

This forms part of the ongoing Arts Savvy workshop series hosted jointly by PANSA KZN (Performing Arts Network of SA, KZN chapter), VANSA KZN (Visual Arts Network of SA, KZN chapter) and CFAD.

Streak has lectured on this topic over the years at DUT Department of Fine Arts and VEGA school of brand innovation. This component has always been in such demand, that Streak has formulated years of practice and experience into a one day hands-on workshop.

Greg Streak is an interdisciplinary practitioner working in sculpture, video, installation and documentary film-making. He is the creative director at Source Creative which looks to facilitate meaningful dialogue between corporates, businesses, city planners and the visual arts.

The workshop will be held in three parts: firstly the need for flexibility in which Streak examines the current environment of rapid change and new technology.

Critical thinking is essential before applying creative thinking. The second module looks at how one thinks critically. We will look at numerous examples of why it is necessary to be able to think critically, from the tricks of food advertising to the gritty and real realities of social networking and general politics.

The main thrust of this workshop is the third module, which is Creative Thinking or how to think like a genius.

“Just to be sure: I cannot make you a Genius!” smiles Streak, “But what this aspect of the workshop deals with is an understanding of how the brain really works, and with that the realization that the brain is not actually designed in a way to think creatively. What we will address in this component is not only a basic background to thinking creatively, but we will look at various techniques that have been recognized as methods and means used by genius types to produce,”

The workshop examines the difference between reproductive and productive thinking, learning to see what no-one else is seeing; making your thoughts visible and tangible in the world; connecting that which needs to be connected and looking at various other options, understanding the strength of group interaction to achieving complete problem solving.

“By expanding on each of these aspects, a holistic and tangible set of examples are provided to facilitate in opening up your own ability to creatively solve any number of problems that get thrown up at you, be they personal dilemmas, company problems or the need to purely innovate,” explains Streak.

The workshop is suitable for practitioners in the creative industries, entrepreneurs, innovators, educators and managers.

As this day long workshop is partnered by PANSA, VANSA and CFAD, the workshop is available at R350 per person. The workshop starts at 08h30 for 09h00 prompt, and runs until 17h00.

PANSA and VANSA are the national umbrella civic networking organisations serving the performing and visual arts communities respectively. They are made up of industry volunteers who campaign, lobby and network on behalf of the performers and artists in KZN and facilitate projects and initiatives to improve the arts industry.

Arts Savvy is an initiative of the PANSA / VANSA KZN as a support project for their ongoing internship programme supported by Africalia to empower emerging arts practitioners and encourage sustainable self-sufficiency.

The workshop will be held at the CFAD new campus on the Berea: Portview, 183 Cowey / Problem Mkhize Road. This 100-year-old building is an Edwardian Villa with beautiful gardens and a charming authentic feature fountain and is a national monument. Booking is necessary for planning purposes – contact PANSA KZN administrator: Kovilen Moodley on 082 569 4239 or email: / or VANSA KZN administrator: Thembeka Teekay Ngcemu on 073 469 6407 or 031 303 4891 or email: or visit All are welcome!!!

For more info on the workshop visit and download the pdf. For more info on Greg Streak visit