Applications are open for the Zeitz MOCAA & University of the Western Cape (UWC) Museum Fellowship Programme 2022.
About Zeitz MOCAA
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) are pleased to announce a year-long Museum Fellowship Programme developed to educate a new generation of art and museum professionals in Africa.
Starting in 2022, the Zeitz MOCAA & University of Western Cape (UWC) Museum Fellowship Programme aims to contribute towards a redefinition of curatorial practice as well as art history scholarship on contemporary art discourse from the continent.
This Pan-African programme endeavours to foster knowledge production around curatorial practice, arts administration, and heritage management. It offers fellows exposure to museum practice facilitated by Zeitz MOCAA senior staff and is underpinned by academic rigour in contemporary art scholarship facilitated by University of Western Cape’s outstanding faculty in the field of humanities.
Zeitz MOCAA continues to position itself as a civic space – as an active agent that caters to and nurtures society.
As a site for public dialogue, exhibitions, research and collection, the institution promotes narratives that are essential to the construction of our societies. The museum is a site for the conversations, debates, and storytelling that contemporary art enables.
The University of Western Cape (UWC) is an internationally acclaimed higher education institution rooted in local political liberation histories and has established itself as a premier institution for quality education as well as a site that nurtures the growth of a future generation of thinkers.
It is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research, and to responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society in constant flux.
The Fellowship Programme
The Fellowship Programme aims to foster the growth of curatorial practice as well as advance scholarship on contemporary art discourse from the continent.
2023 will mark the second year of this pan-African programme, which endeavours to increase knowledge production around curatorial practice, arts administration and heritage management.
It offers fellows exposure to museum practice facilitated by Zeitz MOCAA senior staff and is underpinned by academic rigour in contemporary art scholarship at the University of the Western Cape’s (UWC) outstanding faculty of humanities.
During the 12-month museum fellowship programme, fellows will engage in discourse around contemporary art, curatorial practice, art education, conservation, heritage and museology from Africa and the African diaspora.
They will study and work with both institutions towards an accredited BA Honours qualification.
This includes enrolling in courses on historiography, curatorship, museums, heritage and public history at UWC’s History Department and Centre of Humanities Research (CHR) as well as obtaining work experience at Zeitz MOCAA in the Curatorial, Collection Management, Art Education and Institutional Advancement departments.
Successful fellows will actively contribute to the research, planning, execution and management of Zeitz MOCAA projects, ranging from exhibitions, publishing and public programming to art education and fundraising.
What costs are covered
The programme covers tuition, accommodation, basic health insurance and a monthly stipend.
Travel to South Africa and visa costs are not included.
- Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in an art, heritage or museum studies or other relevant humanities field, with a demonstrated capacity to work at a postgraduate level.
- In exceptional cases, it is possible for deserving applicants to be admitted to postgraduate study after they have demonstrated an equivalent level of learning through work experience.
- Knowledge of contemporary art and heritage from Africa and the African Diaspora.
- Excellent writing skills.
- Interest and/experience in an art-related career.
- 2-3 years of relevant work experience.
- Citizenship of an African country.
- Proficiency in English.
Successful applicants will be expected to participate in the full 12-month programme on a full-time basis from January 2023 to December 2023.
You will need to upload the following:
- A cover/motivationl letter.
- A full CV.
- A short biography of 250 words.
- Three writing samples which include: An art event or exhibition review, no less than 500 words.
- A curatorial concept, no more than 250 words.
- A short essay, no less than 1000 words.
- A letter of recommendation.
- A high resolution portrait picture of yourself.
- Copies of academic certificates.
Deadline: July 15, 2022.
For more information, visit Museum Fellowship.