Arts and Crafts in South Africa

Local communities in South Africa are developing a dynamic network of African artists and craftswomen creating arts and crafts on sale to tourists visiting South Africa. The Artists are exhibiting their arts and crafts work mainly though community support projects. There is no doubt that through these community upliftment programs local people are benefiting and becoming part of our new South Africa.  

Arts and Crafts Associations and Organisations in South Africa

National Arts Council
The website of the National Arts Council of South Africa. Their mission is to develop and promote excellence in the arts.

National Craft Council of South Africa - NCSSA
Tel/fax: (011) 646 4169
craftcsa@iafrica.com

Arts and Culture Trust - ACT
The primary aim of the Trust is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture through means such as

and to distribute these funds in support of innovative, sustainable projects which contribute to South African arts and culture.

Arts and Crafts events and expos in South Africa

FleaMarket Guide
A guide to the Craft Markets and Flea Markets of South Africa with a comprehensive description of each participating market and, if provided, a list of the traders and their products or services. "Flea Market" in our context is a generic expression used to collectively include craft markets, art markets and flea markets that are generally informal and have an established public appeal. If appropriate some supporting service industries, such as the hospitality industry, will be included in this guide.

General Arts and Crafts sites in South Africa

ArtsLink
South African ISP specializing in connecting artists and audiences, providing information through ACEmail (Arts, Culture and Entertainment e-mail) news service.

Crafts fact sheet - Wesgro
Crafts sector in the Western Cape. This information is in pdf format for downloading (50kb)

Business and Arts South Africa
BASA was launched in February 1997 as a joint initiative between government and the business sector, to stimulate the development of the arts industry in our country. BASA aims to promote and encourage sustainable and strategic partnerships between the private sector and the arts, to their mutual benefit and to that of the community at large.

Drakensberg Tourism
Another place in South Africa where arts and crafts is making a difference to local communities

Journals and publications for the Arts and Crafts industry

Craftwise
Published bi-monthly in South Africa to promote Arts and Crafts.

Craft South Africa - Information Directory
Published by the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, in collaboration with the National Craft Council of South Africa, this information directory has been written for craftspeople and others wishing to access information on the craft sector. The information is divided into provinces and listed alphabetically according to town/city within the different sectors. Content includes: craft outlets; materials suppliers; craft teaching centres; places of interest; and craft information. Available from: Dept Arts, Culture, Science and Technology
Tel: (011) 314 6911.

Craft South Africa - Information Handbook
Published by the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, in collaboration with the National Craft Council of South Africa, this information directory has been written for craftspeople and others wishing to start their own business. The topics covered are: products; business; funding and loans; promotion; marketing; and selling. Available from: Dept Arts, Culture, Science and Technology
Tel: (011) 314 6911.

Marketing and selling Arts and Crafts products

The African Trading Post
There is a wealth of creative talent in Africa. In a very culturally diverse nation the skills of art and craft are abundant. THE AFRICAN TRADING POST would like to expose all these creative people to you and in doing so give their enormous talent the accolades it deserves. Each page features art and craft suitable for collections, home decor and personal use. The common link is that all the work is ethnic to Africa as well as being of superior quality.

Check out the international links section for more avenues for marketing and selling of arts and crafts products.

Arts & Crafts - AfriTradeNet
More than 160 exhibitors participate in this well-known and unique craft market.

Support for the Arts and Crafts industry

National Product Development Centre
This site provides information on the full new product development cycle as well as direct access to expertise and resources supporting competitive product development.

Training for the Arts and Crafts industry

CreateSA
The Creative Industries Skills Development Programme - CREATE SA is a partnership between the MAPPP-SETA and the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology [DACST] funded through the Department of Labour's National Skills Fund [NSF]. This multi-sector project is designed to oversee the development and implementation of quality, demand-driven, work-based and work-relevant learnerships and skills programmes aimed at developing the productivity and competitiveness of new entrants and existing workers across the Creative Industries. The sub-sectors within the Creative Industries that have been prioritised for development are Craft and Design, Music, the Performing Arts, Film and Video Production, Technical Production Services for events, and Multimedia.

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