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Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Deadline: February 29, 2016

(Story courtesy of The Mercury)

The BAT Centre on Durban’s Victoria Embankment is inviting applications for its 2016 Artists In Action Residency Programme. This programme is a yearlong skills development programme aimed at identifying and developing the talent of young aspiring music and visual artists.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Zululand, Thekwini College and the Durban University of Technology recognise the programme and enrol the programme graduates.

The programme offers music artists voice training as well as technical guidance in lead and bass guitar, drums and keyboard, Visual arts are covered with art theory, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking.

On successful completion of the programme, the artists either enrol with tertiary institutions and/or become professional artists and entrepreneurs. The BAT Centre has been offering this programme since 2002 funded bythe Provincial Department of Arts & Culture. “Every year 50 young artists are enrolled (25 for music and 25 for visual arts) and up to the end of 2015 more than 700 artists have participated in the programme and have excelled with positive contributions towards both the art and culture industries” says a spokesman.

“As with the part three years, there has been a shortage of female applicants for visual arts and the BAT Centre has seen this as a matter of urgency. Therefore we have extended the call for applications for the 2016 intake to February 29.

Application forms are available at the BAT Centre Reception at 45 Maritime Place, Small Craft Harbour, Victoria Embankment. Phone 031 332 0451.