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Silkscreening Workshops Sept/Oct 2014

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Silkscreening for Beginners

Printmaker and professional artist Zwelethu Machepha will be holding a silkscreening workshop at Prints On Paper for those wanting to be introduced to the technique. The workshop will cover everything from preparing the screen and papers, to using the printing press, exposing and allowing for an opportunity to play and explore.

When: Sat 27th and Sun 28th September from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Prints On Paper Studios (Directions can be found here)
Cost: R 450(Prints On Paper Members) and R 550 (Non-Members). This includes all materials and a light lunch will be served.

What to bring: Your concept drawings, fine liners, watercolours, charcoal, paintbrushes, basic stationary and NT cutter

How to apply: To apply to attend this workshop please click here.


Advanced Silkscreening

In a continuation of silkscreening workshops, Zwelethu Machepha will be holding an advanced silkscreening workshop in which the lessons of the previous week are taken to a completely new level over a month. Expect a higher level of precision and critical feedback!

When: 11th, 18th, and 25th October and 1st Nov from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Where: Prints On Paper Studios (Directions can be found here)
Cost: R 800 (Prints On Paper Members) and R 900 (Non-Members). This includes all materials and a light lunch will be served.

What to bring: Your concept drawings, fine liners, watercolours, charcoal, paintbrushes, basic stationary and NT cutter

How to apply: To apply to attend this workshop please click here.

Machepha took art classes at JAG and, in 2010, joined Artist Proof Studio to study printmaking. Machepha has participated in a number of shows, including: ‘Right on The Rim’; ‘Legends of Culture and Active Citizenship - A Journey through Screen-printing; Coming of Age’ (curated by Tiffany Mentoor, Johannesburg Art Gallery 2012).


Editioning with Mandy Conidaris

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In working with artists, we realise that editioning is murky territory for many printmakers. We are privileged to have Mandy Conidaris presenting at Prints On Paper in October, where she will be discussing how to go about editioning your prints, as well as answering questions. Don't forget to bring any work you want to discuss having editioned!

When: Wed 1st October from 1:30 to 2:45 pm
Where: Prints On Paper Studios (Directions can be found here)
Cost: R 10 (Prints On Paper Members) and R 30 (Non-Members)

What to bring: Prints for editioning

How to apply: To apply to attend this workshop please click here.

A light lunch will be served.

Mandy Conidaris is a visual art consultant, art writer, editor and visual arts educator with a MA (FA) from the University of Stellenbosch (2003). She is the co-founder of outoftheCUBE, a virtual platform to promote contemporary South African artists, and practices as a professional visual artist in the fields of drawing, printmaking and installation.


Degrees of Separation

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Please join us on Sunday 7 September from 11:00 at the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg for the opening of 'Degrees of Separation', a group exhibition by Assemblage.

The exhibition will be opened at 11:30 by artist and educator, and regular mentor of Assemblage, Usha Seejarim.

In an interview in 2013, art critic Mary Corrigall observed that ‘artists don't look enough at each other's work’ (ref 1). Degrees of Separation, a collaborative and process-driven group exhibition by Assemblage, aims to respond to and interrogate this observation, to encourage conversation, collaboration and peer review amongst the invited exhibiting artists. Assemblage is interested in sharing, connecting and creating amongst artists. This is the reason the organisation was started and the promise the organisation hopes to fulfill. This integral ideology is the reason it has chosen to engage with Corrigall’s observation.

Through a series of peer mentoring workshops leading up to the exhibition, the artists spent six months looking directly at, interrogating and responding to one another’s practice and artworks. Common (and uncommon) themes, concepts, materials, methodologies and practices were shared amongst the artists. Through a process of reduction and extraction at the beginning stages of the collaborative process, common (identity, narrative, repetition) and uncommon (movement, excess, absence) themes amongst the group were established. The group decided that based on these themes each artist would select one from each group and conceptualise and develop a new work based on their selection.

This engagement resulted in varying degrees of collaboration, some more direct than others. Questions emerged around what connects each artist, what connections do we find in the unexpected, how does this speak to Assemblage as a hub that connects artists to each other and to the industry as a whole?

What emerges in Degrees of Separation is a group of artists who have challenged and moved beyond their existing practices through a direct or indirect engagement with the practice of their peers.

The exhibition showcases 17 artists that the organisation has worked with during the four years since its inception, they are:

Allen Laing, Alphabet Zoo (Isaac Zavale and Minenkulu Ngoyi), Anthea Pokroy, Audrey Anderson, Bevan de Wet, Carly Whitaker, Dirk Bahmann, Lois Anguria, Louise Ross, Mandy Coppes-Martin, Mandy Johnston, Nathan Jansen Van Vuuren, Phumulani Ntuli, Ross Passmoor, Yael Feldman, and Zwelethu Machepha.

The exhibition will run until 27 September 2014.
Gallery hours are: Mon - Fri 08:00-16:00

This exhibition was made possible by Absa, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) and the National Arts Council (NAC).

Assemblage is a non-profit organisation which intends for the visual arts community of Johannesburg to connect, to share ideas, information and advice and to collaborate. It provides an inclusive forum where visual art students, graduates and professionals can network. Assemblage encourages production, participation, professionalism and the sharing of resources, knowledge and skills. Through an informative website, peer mentoring groups, workshops, group exhibitions, artist studios and other collaborative projects, it hopes to contribute and promote artistic innovation, collaboration and a proactive vibrancy within Johannesburg.

Ref 1: Mary Corrigall in conversation with Usha Seejarim, Sept 2013, The Art of Access webinar series


Available Studio Spaces

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We have three shared studio spaces available.

1. 40sqm shared studio for R1600/month (shared between 3 people)

2. 22sqm shared studio for R1750/month (shared between 2 people)

3. 35sqm shared studio for R1400/month (shared between 3 people)

To apply send the following information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
- A CV
- 5 - 10 images of your artworks
- two references
- and a motivational letter

Rental includes electricity, water, internet, 24 hour access


Joburg Sketchers and Assemblage Collaboration

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Assemblage collaborates with Joburg Sketchers and explores urban sketching the First Friday of every month.

Come join us!

Next Sketch Crawl: 3 October 2014

Time: 14:00

Place: Meet at Assemblage's Studios Newtown, 41 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi St, Newtown.  Directions can be found here.

More about Joburg Sketchers:
Joburg Sketchers is coordinated by Cathy Gatland and operates under the guidelines of the international Urban Sketchers movement, of which Cathy is the Johannesburg correspondent. Urban Sketchers is a nonprofit organisation whose mission as a nonprofit is to raise the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting people around the world with drawings. 

The Joburg branch has a small group of dedicated sketchers of all ages, stages and drawing styles who are inspired by Joburg streets, buildings, people and activities.

They sketch from direct observation and share sketches online, the group is looking to grow.So if you want to have fun and meet new people, get involved .

The Manifesto that Joburg  Sketchers follows:
We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
Our drawings are a record of time and place.
We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
We support each other and draw together.
We share our drawings online.
We show the world, one drawing at a time

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Artists 'Rent-a-desk' per day

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Part of Assemblage’s mission is to provide support and networking for as many Johannesburg based artists as possible. So, we will now be offering a daily rent-a-desk/easel option at the NewARC.

How it works:
For individual artists: The NewARC has a large workshop area which can accommodate up to 5 individual artists at a time. Artists who are looking for a space on a temporary or part-time basis to make work can book a spot for a day. The artist will find themselves in a vibrant and proactive community at the NewARC and will benefit by engaging with other artists and by receiving input on their work. Rates: R70 per artist per day

For groups: This space can also be booked by groups to facilitate workshops including for training or life drawing etc. For workshops, the space can be booked for one day or longer. Rates: On request, dependent on time period

What you get:
Desks, Chairs, Easel (if required), Internet access
Access to the NewARC library and kitchen facilities
Access to and engagement with the NewARC community

Click here to make a booking.

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