Launch of the Best Practice Guide for the Visual Arts in South Africa 2016

The Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), with the support of the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) is pleased to announce the launch of the Best Practice Guide for the Visual Arts in South Africa.

The Best Practice Guide was developed out of the need to share and develop industry practices that would support healthy and ethical relationships and transactions between practitioners in the industry.  The guide is written to give all people involved in the visual arts an understanding of the practice South Africa should be aiming towards for the betterment of the Visual Arts. Commissioned by the Department of Arts and Culture and written by Visual Arts Network of South Africa, the Guide is intended to support a growing and strengthening Visual Arts field.

The content of the guide is extensive and covers as many fields as possible to be as accessible as possible to all. It covers a range from sales, to insurance, to taxes, to marketing and social media to the rights of practitioners in the field. We expect it will be invaluable for many people to better empower themselves to make knowledgeable decisions.

The Director of VANSA, Molemo Moiloa, comments on important content in the Guide; “We are very excited to launch this guide and make it available to the South African Visual Arts Community. The Guide is aimed at giving people as much information as possible so that they can take the paths they wish to, equipped with an understanding of where those paths may lead”.

The guide strongly recommends the use of written agreements in all relations for the arts – something that is not yet usual practice for artists and gallerists. The guide also makes a case for ensuring artists are paid in every circumstance possible to encourage the professionalisation of creative work and the betterment of artists’ livelihoods.


The guide is aimed at all practitioners across South Africa and will be available online. VISIT THE VANSA WEBSITE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE COPY NOW. Workshops will be held across South Africa where copies of the Guide will be given to participants. These Workshops are also free and will give attendees a better understanding of how to use the guide. The workshops are hosted by partners of VANSA throughout South Africa.
Workshop dates and venues are listed below. The workshops are supported by the National Arts Council. For further information please write to the corresponding email addresses:

Durban, KZNSA Gallery
20 October and 10 November 2016

Sterkspruit, Sterkspruit Community Art Centre

20th October 2016
Durban, BAT Centre

21 October and 11 November 2016
Cape Town, Langa Guga S’Thebe
21 October 2016

Free State, Fezile Dabi

21 and 28 October 2016
Cape Town, AVA Gallery

22 and 29 October 2016
Oudtshoorn, Oudtshoorn Youth Café

25 October 2016

Mafikeng Museum

28 October 2016

Bloemfontein, QwaQwa Boitsebelo Junior Technical School

31 October 2016
Welkom, Lejweleputswa art centre
4 November 2016
Cape Town, HubSpace, Khyalitsha
10 November 2016
Bloemfontein, Sesotho Literary Museum

14 November 2016
George, George Youth Café

15 November 2016
Port Elizabeth, ArtEC

16 November 2016
Polokwane, Polokwane Art Museum

25 November and 4 December 2016

Johannesburg, VANSA

26 November 2016
Cape Town, Parkwood Community Centre

10 December 2016

Cape Town, Artscape

26 March 2017

Thaba Nchu, Mmabana Art Centre

Date to be confirmed

General Free State by Appointment

Date to be confirmed


VANSA operates as a support point and development agency for contemporary art practice in South Africa. We develop industry knowledge, resources, networks and projects that are concerned with realising new social, cultural and economic possibilities for contemporary art practice in the South African – and wider African – context. Established in 2002, VANSA is a national network of artists and arts organisations with just over 7000 members. For more information, please E-mail address:

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