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Wednesday, December 12, 2018


Deadline: January 18, 2019

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is democratic South Africa’s longest-standing arts, culture and heritage funding and development organization. ACT invites interested parties to submit proposals to develop a corporate identity for the organisation.

ACT was established in 1994 to secure financial and other resources for the South African arts, culture and heritage sector; and to project the needs and role of the sector into the public domain.

The organisation’s establishment was as a result of a public-private partnership between the newly-established Ministry of Arts, Culture, Science & Technology (now the Department of Arts & Culture), Nedcor Bank (now Nedbank) and Sun International. These three entities collaboratively set up a body for South Africa’s arts, culture and heritage sector similar to Nedcor Bank’s Sports and Green Trusts established earlier. Each of these three founding trustees contributed R1 million which was invested in a trust fund to ensure sustainability and minimise the organisation’s possible dependence on annual grants.

A board of trustees made up of leading arts practitioners and administrators was established soon thereafter. Its task was to implement the funding policies, evaluate projects and to decide on funding allocations. Former President Nelson Mandela endorsed the initiative and agreed to serve as ACT’s Patron-in-Chief. In this way, it came to be called the Arts & Culture Trust of the President during his term of office.

During the first five-year period, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Vodacom joined ACT and contributed to the trust endowment. Thus, the public-private partnership was extended to include international cooperation.

Over the past 24 years, the trust has disbursed more than R20 million to arts and culture projects across South Africa. This excludes ACT Awards prize money and other developmental efforts such as the ACT Building Blocks master classes.

Vision: To establish a self- sustaining perpetual fund for the development of arts, culture and heritage in South Africa.

Mission: To attract and provide funding for the sustainable development and growth of the arts, culture and heritage in South Africa, actualised through mutually beneficial partnerships between the corporate, public and cultural sectors focused on making a positive difference to the lives of all South Africans.

Corporate Identity: ACT seeks the services of a graphic designer or graphic design company to create a corporate identity which will represent the organisation and its work. The corporate identity should be a visual representation of the organisation’s work and reflect the organisation’s vision and mission. Each of the elements submitted for consideration, although distinct, should be part of a larger visual identity contemplated for the organisation as a whole.

Interested parties should deliver drafts of the following corporate identity elements by Friday, January 18, 2019, in order to be considered:

Sample identity for ACT Development Grant Programme

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and given the opportunity to make a presentation of their work in person at the Arts & Culture Trust offices.

Send electronic copies of work to:
Setumo-Thebe Mohlomi
Communication and Marketing Coordinator
Telephone: 010 023 0899