Do you know what it takes to run a successful art museum?

For those interested in curatorial, art education and institutional advancement, Zeitz MOCAA and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) have partnered to provide five graduates with a chance to experience what it takes to run a successful art museum.

This one-year programme will allow participants to work hands-on within the museum, guided by Zeitz MOCAA’s expert leadership and staff. Not only will participants be able to experience what it takes to run a world-class museum but they will also be accredited with a BA Honours degree from the University of the Western Cape on completion of the programme.

“This initiative speaks to the museum’s vision to become a contemporary art museum that represents our times, one that engages society at large and one that participates and leads global discourse on pertinent issues. As an important institution rooted in local political liberation histories and one cognisant of changing African and international contexts, we are thrilled that UWC has recognised the potential of this project. We believe that this collaboration will further promote narratives that are important to the building of artistic and curatorial communities,” says Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz MOCAA.

Professor Ciraj Rassool of the Department of History and Director of the African Programme in Museum and Heritage Studies at UWC says: “Cape Town is fast becoming a major global art centre and this Fellowship offers a rich exploration of the fundamental networks and systems that contribute to the city’s art heritage and museum ecosystem.

“We hope that by merging scholarship on contemporary art production and circulation from Africa and its diaspora with a redefinition of heritage and museum practice, we will contribute to the next generation of skilled professionals looking to work within museums, galleries, art centres, private and public collection management, biennials, art publishing, festivals, universities and more.”

The Fellowship, which begins in February 2022, is open to individuals who are citizens of an African country. It covers the costs of tuition, accommodation, basic health insurance and a monthly stipend. Travel and visa costs are excluded. Applications for the inaugural 2022 programme close on September 30 2021.

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