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VANSA Cultural Leadership Programme for Artists and Cultural Producers (South Africa) 2021

Are YOU the voice of a new generation of leaders in the arts?

Open Call – The VANSA Cultural Leadership Programme.

Cultural leadership is one of the most significant ways we can collectively invest in the future of the arts sector, and grow the reach and impact of critical new voices on the rise.

About Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA)

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. VANSA is a national network of artists and arts organisations with just over 7000 members.... read more... read more

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VANSA Cultural Leadership Programme

Aim and Benefits of VANSA Cultural Leadership Programme

12 participants will be selected to participate in this ground-breaking investment in self-development and professional growth. The programme will run online with sessions taking place from October 2021 until February 2022.

The programme requires a high degree of commitment, integrity and self-discipline from applicants. It aims to capacitate participants to take up leadership roles in the arts and cultural sector across disciplines, so they can transform the landscape of the arts and cultural sector through their vision.

Requirements for VANSA Cultural Leadership Programme Qualification

Artists and cultural producers operating in South Africa from various areas of specialization across the cultural sector including the visual and performance/performing arts, cultural policy, archives, libraries, heritage, museums, digital and broadcasting media etc can apply.


  • Mid-career artists and cultural producers who are already occupying roles in which they initiate change or growth, who are interested in creating meaningful and sustainable change within their communities are invited to apply.
  • If you are inspired by and committed to developing and deepening collaborative, socially engaged, and impactful community-based cultural programmes, you are invited to apply.
  • Expect an intensive and exciting programme including workshops, peer-learning, mentorship, coaching, self-development and career planning, professional skills development, access to industry leaders and a stipend to ensure you can dedicate time to fully participate in the programme.

Documents Required for Application

You will be required to submit the following documents along with your application:

  • Your updated curriculum vitae including contact details;
  • A motivation letter (maximum of one page);
  • A ‘Project Proposal’ – outlining your vision and practical outlook on implementing a change-making project as a cultural leader. This proposal and vision of what you want to see in the future needs to show us your approach, creative ideas around leadership and community and also how you want to contribute and transform. (maximum of one page)
  • A letter of reference, and the names of two referees who know your potential and abilities

Application Deadline

September 29, 2021

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) on to apply

For more information: [email protected]

The programme is made possible through the generous support of the International Relief Fund for Organisations in Culture and Education 2021 of the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe Institut and other partners.

For more details, visit VANSA website.


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