Participants in the Thupelo Assembly of International Triangle Network partners will be spending six days in conversation in Cape Town. Delegates from approximately 16 countries plus 5 skype participants will contribute to this assembly. Local delegates will attend bringing the number to 28.
Thupelo is in its 30th year; there is a need to reflect on the next generation, the environment of global
opportunity regarding workshop and residency programs and converse with network partners in order to grow and strengthen relationships.
Through interaction and exchange, conversation and project presentation information will be documented in order to get to know what’s happening in other parts of the network. This contact fires up and encourages participants to keep working with and for artists. There is always the mountain to climb, particularly the struggle to fundraise, struggle to make things happen, to find space; but when this is done with the knowledge of how very significant workshops and residencies are, as convened by Triangle affiliates, the climb becomes relevant and sustainable.
There is a role that making art plays in political, economic and social structures. The Triangle Network through residency and workshop programmes on the African continent and globally has accumulated skills and knowledge in this area that few other networks have maintained. The network projects are recognized for the support and benefit to personal practice, career opportunities and community interaction, including education, health and social development. The exchange of tips and clues through conversation between participants from diverse backgrounds will create a momentum and confidence that will address the needs of communities for future projects.
This assembly will discuss ideas and practice concerning management and implementation, selection processes, workshop duration and structuring. We will listen to stories of examples of what works and what is to be avoided. (Thupelo is a Sotho word meaning to learn/teach by example). Skills development and transfer of knowledge through conversation with people who have years of practical experience will help to move the network forward and push for innovation and excellence.
This Assembly will discuss these and many other issues and possibilities.
We extend our sincere thanks to our partners and friends of Thupelo.
Bertha Foundation, Pro Helvetia and Boschendal Wine Farm.
Date of issue: Saturday 09 April 2016.
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