Recent Events

The Department of Visual Arts research seminar, 22 August 2015. Avi Sooful: Cultural weapons during the 1980s: a South African perspective and Duncan Rayburn: Uniforms and unanimity: the rhetorical entanglement of sport and militarism

Fine Arts post-graduate exchange exhibition, hosted by the Department of Visual Arts in collaboration with the Michaelis School of Fine Art. 28 July - 4 August 2016.

The University of Pretoria's division of Fine Arts and the Michaelis School of Fine Art's from the University of Cape Town held it's second post-graduate exchange exhibition at the Anton van Wouw house in July. The exhibition also formed part of a workshop where the 2015 Sasol New Signatures winner Nelmarie Du Preez held a presentation on her work. The show was held at the Michaelis galleries in August 2015.

Please view the Soil[ed] catalogue here.

The Visitor Centre is a work in progress by Nicola Grobler hosted by the Department of Visual Arts.  The event was held at the Tswaing Meteorite Centre. 5 June (World environmental day), 8,9,10 and 11 June 2016.

 The Visitor Centre is a presentation of artworks and ideas on interspecies relationships in the city. The Visitor Centre forms a part of Nicola Grobler's doctoral reasearch project currently underway at the Michaelis School of Fine Art.
The research is funded by the National Research Foundation of South Africa and the Research Office, Faculty of Humanities and the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Pretoria. 

Fine Arts staff show, Tempo, hosted by the Department of Visual Arts in collaboration with JazzUP Tshwane. Curated by Natalie Fossey, lecture in Fine Arts, 18 April to 29 April 2016.

The Fine Arts division in the Department of Visual Arts hosted their annual staff exhibition. The exhibition, curated by Natalie Fossey MA(FA), showcases work executed in various media which Interrogate social, political, theoretical and phenomenological views on the fast-paced experiences of life and time. ‘Tempo’ refers not only to pace and timing in musical compositions, but also inspires ideas of rhythm, balance and perceptions of experience in and over time.

Please view the Tempo catalogue here.

Faculty Seminar hosted by the Department of Visual Arts, 10 March 2016 acclaimed visiting scholar Prof Gillian Rose (Open Univeristy UK): Seeing the digital city: interface, flow and friction.
The Department of Visual Arts writing seminar, 9 April 2016 for postgraduate students. Speakers include Prof Benda Hofmeyr, Dr Duncan Reyburn, Prof Jeanne van Eeden. The event was sponsored by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation and forms part of the Department of Visual Arts Faculty Research Theme, Visual Technologies: Critical Encounters 

The Department of Visual Arts research seminar, 28 September 2015 Karli Brittz: #soulsearching: an exploration of the relationship between technology and soul through the interpretation of contemporary visual texts and Dr Johan Thom: The devil in the details, personal reflections on the making of a series of artworks entitled Faust the African
The Department of Visual Arts research seminar, 25 May 2015 Leandré le Roux: Scapegoating, sacrifice and the body in virtual reality: the body as scapegoat in new media and the Chrysalids; Josly van Wyk: A practice-led exploration of the aesthetics of household waste and Lelani Nicolaisen: Immersed in paint, understanding painting installations through art practices
The Department of Visual Arts research seminar, 23 March 2015 Dr Jenni Lauwrens: (Not) for your eyes only: multisensorial interactions with The Last Supper and Delene Human: The fusion of horizons, interpreting the archetype of the resurrection myth in contemporary visual art 

The Department of Visual Arts research seminar, 29 September 2015 Prof Leoni Schmidt: Venice Biennale 2013, the encyclopaedic palace in contemporary art


The Department of Visual Arts research seminar, 19 August 2014 & 21 August 2014 Prof Wessel Stoker: Art and Spirituality, what makes secular art spiritual art? and Warhol a Christian Business Artist

The Department of Visual Arts research seminar, 12 May 2014 Pieter Swanepoel: Clustered making as evidence of research and Zelda Stroud: Making, mastery and reciprocity: the collaboration between the artist and the art work

Faculty Research Theme, Visual Technologies: Critical Encounters

Book Launch

Ethnography from the Mission Field: The Hoffmann Collection of Cultural Knowledge by Annekie Joubert (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), in collaboration with Gerrie Grobler, Inge Kosch and Lize Kriel launched on the 31st of August 2015.

The interdisciplinary and inter-medial project offers a translated and annotated edition of the 24 ethnographic articles by missionary Carl Hoffmann and his local interlocutors published between the years 1913 and 1958.

Visual Arts' Fine Art Staff Exhibition

27 August - 4 September 2015.   The exhibition, curated by Dr Johan Thom, was opened by visiting Mellon Distinguished Scholar Prof Audrey G. Bennett, Associate Professor at the Department of Communication and Media, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York

The exhibition comprised full time staff members and guest lecturers of the Department of Visual Arts, namely Avitha Sooful, Nicola Grobler,  Dr Johan Thom, Natalie Fossey, Sakie Seoka, Magdel van Rooyen, Diane Victor, Guy du Toit, Frikkie Eksteen, Carla Crafford, Pat Mautloa, Sarel Petrus, Heidi Fourie and Lelani Nicolaisen.

The Department of Visual Arts seminar and exhibition: Image/Text

24 July 2015.  Convened by Prof Amanda du Preez and Dr Johan Thom. Hosted by The Department of Visual Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of the University of Pretoria.

The Department of Visual Arts research seminar, 10 February 2014. Rory du Plessis: The method in the madness and Dr Duncan Reyburn: Apocalyptic media: World War Z (2013), the zombie contagion, and the brutality of love.

Nomad Bodiesa practice-led exchange project between the Department of Visual Arts, Fine Arts division and the Royal College of Fine Arts, Artesis University College, Antwerp (18 December 2013 – 28 February 2014). The project formed part of the Andrew W. Mellon funded ‘Visual technologies: critical encounters’ project and included an exhibition entitled Nomad Bodies curated by Prof Elfriede Dreyer at Artesis.

The Department of Visual Arts research seminar 

16 September 2013. Presenters: Fatima Cassim and Johan Thom.


The Fine Arts exhibition Metromusings(15 – 29 July 2013) formed part. of the Institutional Research Theme 'Capital Cities' and presented a visual mapping of the social and political power geographies and complexes that dominate cities and how urban culture can be voiced, claimed, negotiated and contested. The exhibition was curated by Prof Elfriede Dreyer, and presented artworks from members of staff and affiliated guest lecturers.

The Mandela Poster Project Collective, in partnership with the University of Pretoria, exhibited 95 posters celebrating the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela during July 2013.


The Fine Arts exhibition Hidden Urban Histories (27 Aug – 3 Sept 2013) consisted of the work of under- and postgraduate students and was conceptualised from the institutional research theme of 'Capital Cities', specifically ‘Cities lived: memory, identity and belonging’. The exhibition was curated by Master candidates Sikho Siyotula and Leana van der Merwe. 


Postgraduate research seminar by Prof Nicholas Mirzoeff (27 May 2013). Mirzoeff is Professor of Media Culture and Communication at New York University. His most recent book The Right to Look: A Counter history of Visuality (2011) won the Anne Friedberg Award for Innovative Scholarship from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies.


Media archaeology and the impact of media technologies on culture. Some preliminary remarks on the study of media archaeology for the future of the humanities, by Prof Annie van den Oever, 24 October 2011.Director Master in Film Studies, University of Groningen, Department of Arts, Culture and Media

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