Calling all creatives and artists!

Artists are invited to submit creative work ahead of the inaugural Global Artivism Conference, which will be held in Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa on 5-8 September 2024.

With the theme ‘Artivism: Embracing Cultural Activism for a Safe and Just World’, the event will explore the intersection of the arts and activism, and the role of creative expression in advocating for societal and environmental issues, through a program of panel discussions, performances, interactive workshops and art exhibitions.

In the vibrant tapestry of Africa’s cultural landscape where diversity and creativity intersect, Artivism is a powerful force for societal transformation. The conference will invite exploration of Artivism through a diverse program, including sessions on intersectional issues and the history of Artivism.

Collaborative ideas

Hosted in partnership with the Global Commons Alliance, the Faculty of Arts and Design at Tshwane University of Technology, the Riky Rick Foundation for the Promotion of Artivism, and Community Arts Network, the event brings together two essential aspects: an academic conference and a platform for networking, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas among artists, scholars, activists and students from around the globe.

Ahead of the Conference, we’re seeking creative submissions that explore social and environmental issues in engaging ways, including:

  • Performance Art: dance, spoken word, music, theater, or multimedia performances.
  • Visual Arts: paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, film, or digital art.
  • Community-Engaged Projects: collaborative artistic initiatives that involve and empower communities.
  • Interdisciplinary Creative Presentations: creative projects that integrate multiple arts disciplines and approaches.

Your work will be showcased in a dedicated exhibition space and potentially integrated into the conference program, as well as contribute to a dynamic dialogue about social justice and environmental responsibility.

Submission Guidelines

Deadline: Submissions are due on 28 June, 2024.
Selection Criteria: We’re looking for work that is intersectional, community-engaged, and speaks powerfully to the themes of Artivism.
Submission Format: Please provide a brief description of your work (200 words max), along with any relevant audio/visual materials (links to online portfolios, videos, etc.).
Please send submissions to: Zuziwe Mpanza, Tshwane University of Technology /

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