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.