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Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS)

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Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS) is a multi-disciplinary roving project space that follows on GoetheOnMain, which was based at Arts On Main in Johannesburg from May 2009 to November 2016. The new programme will support work realised all over South Africa ranging from workshops to exhibitions, events and performances; including visual art, literature, film, music, dance and theatre projects.

Selected GPS Projects for 2017:

The Goethe-Institut would like to announce six projects to be realised in 2017 within the new initiative Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS). GPS carries forward GoetheOnMain’s idea of a multi-disciplinary space for artistic experimentation, while widening the scope on work realised all over South Africa. An independent jury of arts professionals, made up of Doung Anwar Jahangeer, Yvette Hardie, Molemo Moiloa and Sello Pesa, selected the following GPS projects for 2017 out of 110 submissions:

Nothing makes sense by Thulani Chauke, in partnership with Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative and the Ebhudlweni Arts Centre. eNtokozweni, Mpumalanga
Coast: Scenes of the Trail of Dr Wouter Basson by Maggie Davey, with Constitution Hill. Johannesburg, Gauteng
Arts Ability Residency by Themba Mbuli and the Unmute Dance Company, with the Steve Biko Foundation. King Williams Town, Eastern Cape
Zulu Identity as Represented' by South African Film by The Newcastle Creative Network, presented by Nkule Mabaso, with Newcastle Township Arts Festival and supported by the Newcastle Municipality. Newcastle, KZN
Night Light by Danyiella Rodin, with the Theatre Arts Admin Collective. Cape Town, Western Cape
The 'Big Hole' Counter Narrative’ by Carina Truyts, with the Sol Plaatje University School of Humanities. Kimberley, North West

The Goethe-Institut would like to congratulate the selected projects and looks forward to working with each of them to see their works realised as part of the GPS programme in 2017. The next open call for proposals will launch on 15 June 2017, with deadline set for 5 September 2017. To stay updated, please subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook.

More about GPS:

GPS is envisioned as a non-commercial, artist-centered free platform, designed to support not only the artists and their projects, but also the many structures, platforms and festivals that currently exist and need partnerships of this nature in order to continue their work. GPS enables actors, artists, performers, curators, choreographers, writers, dancers, composers, directors, and musicians to select the space and infrastructure they wish to work with. If awarded, a GPS grant would support both the hosting space and the project itself.
The new project signals a move to decentralise, supporting smaller spaces and also ones situated outside of the large metropoles. Practitioners will be able to produce their work locally with a partner of their choice and a GPS grant. Similarly to the GoetheOnMain project that preceded it, a public call for proposals is presided over by an independent jury of arts professionals, who make the selection.
GPS aims to support non-commercial work and will privilege experimental content, with the focus above all else falling on artistic quality. This, whilst maintaining a sensitivity for the chosen context and local relevance of the themes and conversations that the work engages in. Partnership is at the core of the GPS project. Proposals will be looked at not only in terms of the work itself, but also the space for which it is intended: considering the appropriateness and track record of the proposed partner.
GPS forms part of the Goethe-Institut’s programme that promotes intercultural engagement through fostering dialogue and exchange in the arts. The Goethe-Institut looks forward to seeing installations, workshops, events and performances; including visual art, literature, film, music, public art, dance and theatre work; realised throughout South Africa through GPS grants.