Polokwane Art Museum

At the Polokwane art museum  our last workshop in the series, the Creative process from Idea to screen, which was formulated and written by the projects photographer and filmmaker, Abdulcadir Ahmed Said was completed.   At the same time the exhibition: Widening the Circle, in the Spirit of Mancoba was hung in the Museum. This allowed all the participants to attend the exhibition opening as had happened in Emthonjeni, Kimberley and Durban.  Workshop participants included young artists and experienced artists such as James  Mphalele and Avashoni Mainganye , who had travelled some distance to be there.

Workshop comments

Yes, I have learned that film-making, photography is also part of visual arts. Malachia Mahono

That all Art fields are inter linked and that the approached to all the art discipline is the same. Amos

That we may have different approaches or art materials to express & tell the same story. Avhashoni N Mainganye

I learn a very important thing that first you must know your culture first before other cultures, and you must know where you come and where your going in culture. Phaladi S Mmotong

Art correlate with other subjects and working with other people I gained and share ideas. James S Mphahlele

Art categories are more related than I thought. Lerole Dikgale

Its impracticable without other people, I learned that I also learned that art isn’t merely for one, its for general in terms of sociology, physiology etc.  Gidion Mokwena

I have learnt that in most cases we have a lot in common. Gilbert Malotane

I have realised that as much as I am a Fine Artist, other disciplines can merge with my creations because the foundation of coming up with a project from all aspects of art is the same. Khutso Mmethi

I learnt that the languages of arts are the same in all art forms i.e. music, dance, drama, compassion, visual. M.S. Moshapo

It all makes sense.  Working together brings so much fulfillment and a sense of belonging to a group (artists world).  A moment where all different people become one, sharing on vision.  Humbulani Isaac Singo

Durban Art Gallery


The  4 day workshop we ran in Durban in November 2014 was  a continuation of the series of training workshops entitled The creative process from idea to screen.  Participants in Durban included visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers, educators, photographers, actors.


These kinds of workshops empower people’s minds creatively, administratively. They make people aware of what they might or are dealing with each day and how they can be successful. Share the knowledge I got in these Workshops with fellow creative artistic people. Gather brothers, sisters in my community speak to them share what I have learnt, in terms of putting together exhibition, raising funds for organizations.  Nduduzo Xulu

I learned that as a writer if you cannot see it you cannot write it, …..  I learned that you look into three things when you are looking into a character, i.e. Psychology, sociology, and physical aspects. Also I learned a bit of administration.  As an artist, whether you are a dancer or a photographer. We all speak the unspeakable. We learn from each other and also gain motivation to move forward. As an artist, “you cannot be afraid of the sound of the dry stick you step on”  The workshop has inspired me more to pursuit my career. Thandi Mbhele

It was useful, and the workshops give an expert guidance with information that is not shared by industry creative.  Apply it to my projects as practice and to enhance my skill beyond the book.  How to engage and understand how other disciplines add up, understanding the film language. I got more creative ideas how to approach projects to come. Hugh Mdlalose

Self awareness as an achievement, because if you know where you come from, you will know where you are going to of which means if you know yourself, your stories will be stronger. I learned the importance of environment.  I loved the workshop, it open the mental to where I want to take my plot. In my comic books and creating video games storyline, plot environment. Snegugu Mngadi

Workshop is pool where you get information that differs from what is usually taught. On this workshop I was hoping the get a knowledge that will differ or oppose what I usually hear. Mbukene Dlamini

Before we start working with my crew, I will always use the teeniest I learned from this workshop, so we can share what I call ie “the best of artist in the making”  I wish these workshops could be done 3 or 6 time a year, so artist can grow and work harder via the knowledge they gain in collaborations because they are useful indeed. Mduduzi Mchunu

I can be a walking X-ray what ever I read or watch I want to see the different layers and imagine the process of producing it. So my performance can be at its peak. Conceptualising taking a feeling or idea and seeing it in my head and plotting it. Now I know the required ingredients to cook then I can execute my concept into whatever from paint, design or music.  What was surprising was Abdul’s character very down to earth made me feel relaxed, chilled atmosphere, very cool. Sihle Siswana


The second workshop in Durban was our first script/training workshop as part of the production process of the short films. For this we involved key artists from around the country to inform our approach to the visual arts films and Mancoba’s legacy.

It was a dynamic workshop, which forcefully brought these experienced artists insights and knowledge to the centre of Arts & Ubuntu’s work.

Participating artists included: Lionel Davis, Amos Letsoalo, Ezekiel Budeli, Charles Nkosi, Thami Jali, Musa Mncwabe, Zamani Makhaye, Dr Nombeko Mpako, Pro Sobopha, Grace Tshikuvhe, Ayanda Mncwabe, Avashoni Mainganye, Motseokae Klas Thibeletsa, Richard Boller, Thabo Mogotloane, Athi Mongezeleli Joja, Sbonelo Tau Luthuli

This one day script planning and consultation workshop with artists from around the country was completed in Durban on the 12th November the day after the opening of an exhibition from a previous NLDTF project, the EMEPP (project 29938) exhibition Widening the circle in the Spirit of Mancoba.



Mayibuye Centre Galeshewe Kimberley

At the Mayibuye Centre Galeshewe Kimberley, a beautiful arts facility, we relied on local participants and their numbers of participants shifted over the course of the weekend due to it being a very busy pre-election weekend and poets were needed to perform at rallies and so on. Some younger people left after the first day but others joined on the second and third day as they had heard via word of mouth what an excellent course it was. Most rewarding however was that we had a core group of older participants, all of whom play a significant role in their community arts, from playwrights and directors to poets and writers as well as artists and community art centre coordinators all of whom imbibed the course passionately and will share it more widely.

This is a very skilled and enthusiastic community arts forum and it will be very worthwhile to work with them again in the future. We will try to make this centre one of our stops when we are showing the final films at the end of the project. They have the capacity to build their own filmmaking project and we would like to find ways to support them to do that.


Pics of participants at Galeshewe workshop:


Let this course visit other districts within Northern Cape so as to reach all artists Keoarata Lovers Gaokgwathe playwright and storyteller

 The course to me was like a life study session. The teacher managed to compact the module and illustrate it practically and made it very easy to understand making it relevant with examples that are very close to the heart. Jane Mokwena- Shangwina visual arts co-ordinator Mayibuye centre

 I got an insight from my own creative process and I got to understand other people’s creative fields. Vuyiswa Ngxitpo Reporter, writer and actress

Having had shared with people from different backgrounds has broadened my way of thinking and created a platform for cultural and artistic exchange. Mosemane Gape Gaberone Theatre Scriptwrite,r Filmmaker

This workshop specifically was very useful. Most of the people attending were raving about how insightful this workshop is and how others are missing out. Katty Mabusa actress

Very useful and important as it not only focuses on capacity building but on social cohesion. Mosemane Gape Gaberone Theatre Scriptwriter Filmmaker

They (workshops like this) are imperative in the sense that they unlock the creative passage and make us to realise our potential as creative workers. Also they contribute towards the development of the arts fraternity. Keaorata Gaokgwathe

 I will use it by applying it to teach others who did not get the chance to attend this. Bokhutlo Makhale Visual and performing Artist

Firstly I am going to enlighten other people by sharing the information I got from this workshop. It has motivated me to keep writing. And of course I am going to write a poem about my experience at this workshop. Kebetasamang Molehane poet

Being an official in the Department I will use the resources that are at my disposal to reach my goal. I need to organise exhibitions at my premises, work on small projects that will be for my community in my community. Jane Mokwena Shangwina

I already work with artists. I will empower artists again. I will ask others who took part in the workshop to have meeting sessions in order to take the task forward. Ike Tau Theatre Director

We currently work with development projects in the province. This kind of knowledge and partnership will come in handy in theatre/arts development workshop we usually have. Mosemane Gape Gaberone Theatre Scriptwriter

I learned a total new approach on writing and documenting. With skills gained I’m in a better position to produce better productions. Mosemane Gape Gaberone Theatre Scriptwriter

 I must admit that my talent and skills are god given. This workshops helped me to have options in my field……..I would like to see us as artists in the province having our own sharing sessions to start our own project and take to Arts and Ubuntu trust for comments and advice and I would like us to establish our own film company that will relate our own stories Ike Tau drama director and writer

I hope you come back to Kimberley because this needs a follow up.You gave us a deep foundation so what we need is a tall strong building. Keaorata Gaokgwathe

Emthonjeni Arts Centre

At Emthonjeni arts centre at Hamburg in the Eastern Cape we brought in participants from University of Fort Hare Fine art department and Nelson Mandela Metropole University creative project as well as more mature artists: Five local Keiskamma project artists as well as one professional artist from Butterworth and one actor/playwright from Ginsberg.



Being a residential workshop attendance was 100% but also participation was very enthusiastic as the responses below attest. This was encouraging for us as it was the first time we ran this workshop:

The session content was perfect; very inspirational…….. It has honestly inspired me to take action with respect to my writing and acting. Ryan Pillay team leader from NMMU

Having been part of this exceptional project was a great experience. It was good for me to interact with other artists who are different to you in terms of their directions in the field of arts Loyiso Victor Mabe

 My expectations were met. I was hoping to learn more about how films and documentaries are produced “ from idea to screen” and I learned exactly that and more. Sisanda Hanabe

 I wish for more workshops especially for the youth, because I’m old but happy and interested to learn. At our time there was no art to learn from school……. Whether you are in another venue as long as you are in Eastern Cape we will attend Mrs Nozeti Makhbalo

 I enjoyed every moment of the workshop. Thank you for the experience Sinovuyo Makhubulo

 This will enable me to advance my artistic creativity both theatrically and by means of film-making. I’ve expected to learn more about acting but this should do. Khanya Kalasne

 I’m inspired , motivated, sharpened and most of all pumped up to go back home and apply what I have learned here in my working area and in my work. Ashwin Christians