The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) is proud to announce the launch of the Public Programme of the Institute’s Online Fellowship. In this moment when the arts have been placed in a particularly vulnerable position in the time of COVID-19, the ICA’s primary interest in launching the Fellowship Programme online was to contribute tangibly to artists and arts researchers' career trajectories. It was also to foreground the critical role that the creative and performing arts have to play in a time of great change and uncertainty in which our society is hard pressed to reformulate itself.
In the open call, artists and researchers were asked to re-imagine an existing live performance or creative art project as an interactive, online experience. We received 218 applications and based on the high calibre of submissions, we extended the number of Fellows from 20 (the number initially advertised) to 34. The Fellows are not exclusive to the country, the ICA also selected some Fellows from across the continent and the diaspora.
After collaborating with the curatorial and project team at the ICA, members of staff across Faculties at the University of Cape Town, and a digital interaction designer to develop a plan and a rendering for the online projects, the Fellows are now ready to showcase the results of their work to the public.
The roll out of each project will happen every week, accompanied by a webinar the week after each cohort roll out, hosted by academics and cultural practitioners. The rollout and webinars will take place weekly from 24 October to 18 December 2020.
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