2024 UMSIZI NOPENDE THEME - “LOOKING INTO THE PAST, PRESENT AND THE FUTURE”

Since its inception in 2022, Umsizi NoPende has embarked on an extraordinary journey of growth and influence within the artistic community. Emerging from humble beginnings with 43 artists in the vibrant Gauteng province, the project has rapidly expanded, embracing a total of 91 artists by 2023.

UMSIZI NOPENDE'S JOURNEY OF CREATIVE EMPOWERMENT

Umsizi NoPende stands as a beacon illuminating the power of strategic partnerships and visionary initiatives in the realm of arts and culture. Birthed from the creative minds of Isthuli-Sasengweni, this project finds its strength in collaboration with the City of Ekurhuleni’s Visual Art & Galleries Section of the Sport Recreation Arts & Culture Department as well as expressive support from Gert Sibande Municipality. This project is not merely a creative endeavour, but a robust business model aimed at driving tangible outcomes for visual artists throughout South Africa.

Since its inception in 2022, Umsizi NoPende has embarked on an extraordinary journey of growth and influence within the artistic community. Emerging from humble beginnings with 43 artists in the vibrant Gauteng province, the project has rapidly expanded, embracing a total of 91 artists by 2023. This remarkable growth, representing a 112% increase, mirrors the transformation from a seedling to a flourishing tree, signifying the project's capacity to ignite passion and nurture talent within its fold.


UMSIZI NOPENDE'S SPECTACULAR RISE IN 2024
As we delve into the 2024 instalment, the momentum of Umsizi NoPende intensifies further, underscoring its burgeoning influence and relevance. The recent open call, spanning from January 8th to February 9th, 2024, drew an impressive cohort of 266 visual artists hailing from both Gauteng and Mpumalanga. This surge reflects a staggering growth rate of 192.31% compared to the previous year, affirming the project's ascendancy and resonance within the artistic community.

In this latest cycle, Umsizi NoPende strategically channels its efforts into five distinct artistic mediums: Printmaking, Painting, Drawing, Photography, and Mix Media Collage. Moreover, the project's commitment to nurturing talent extends beyond mere participation, as evidenced by the comprehensive skill transfer program, the five (5) days Funda Training Program/ Workshop.This training workshop program, istailored to the needs of emerging artists, imparts invaluable insights into visual arts professional practice and cultivates essential entrepreneurial acumen, equipping participants with the requisite tools for sustained success.

The apex of the 2024 Umsizi NoPende journey culminates in the eagerly anticipated Contemporary Group Exhibition. Scheduled to commence on April 13, 2024, and run until May 31, 2024, this landmark event serves as a vibrant showcase of creativity and innovation. Moreover, the Grand Opening promises an enriching Awards Ceremony, where exemplary artists will be duly recognized and celebrated for their contributions, both to the project and the broader artistic sphere.

Integral to the realization of Umsizi NoPende's ambitious vision is the unwavering support of the National Lotteries Commission, whose generous funding underscores the pivotal role of public backing in fostering the growth and sustainability of artistic enterprises in South Africa. Indeed, this partnership exemplifies the synergy between cultural enrichment and economic empowerment, reaffirming the transformative potential of the arts in our society. In summary,Umsizi NoPende epitomizes the convergence of artistic excellence, strategic innovation, and sustainable growth. Through its steadfast commitment to fostering talent, nurturing creativity, and facilitating economic rehabilitation, the project emerges as a beacon of hope and opportunity for visual artists across the nation, transcending boundaries and catalysing positive change within the cultural landscape.



PARTNERS
img09
img09
img09
Copyright ©2024 Isthuli Sasengweni. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our terms & conditions.