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CURRENT

Tapfuma Gutsa

 

(b.1956, Murehwa) is a Zimbabwean contemporary sculptor and artist based in Murehwa, Zimbabwe. Following the completion of his studies in Britain during the 1980s, Tapfuma has gone on to build an extensive and diverse portfolio that spans from the African continent, Venice, Cuba and to the United States.

His residency will continue until mid-September, culminating into an exhibition at ‘The Covered Space’.

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ONGOING

Nicholas Hester

 

(b.1975, South Africa) LIVE BEES! is an interface of art, research and advocacy for the environment, drawn from Nicholas Hester’s ongoing fascination with bees. Nicholas is an artist and beekeeper. A drive to look below the surface, using technology in service of research and craft, is the thread of connectedness between this exhibition and earlier work. The project began at the 'Association for Visual Arts' during its first manifestation and continues at NIROX and project58 in the Cradle of Humankind. The residency will include the installation of an apiary of Eco Hives designed by the artist. The work at the residency will emanate from continued research work with the bees and will be exhibited at Nirox at the end of October.

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PAST

Wessel Van Huyssteen

 

Wessel Van Huyssteen is a full-time artist, educator, lecturer, curator and film-maker based in the Free State. He is particularly interested in the landscape and the concept of non-place and how to engage these phenomena in the age of the Anthropocene. 

His current work is a response to the civil unrest which took place in South Africa during July 2021. By merging banners  with a small wetland and its surrounds, he plans to create a habitat covered in frost cloth that will read as a negative space that announces both its absence and presence.

 

In response to the civil unrest, he remarked: 

 

"I also wondered why people are so quick to protest against this kind of looting, but the looting of natural resources, a far more serious threat to the lives of humans, are globally treated with far less urgency." 

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PAST

St John Fuller

 

(b.1974, South Africa) is an artist and professional photographer who explores a variety of mediums that either provide commentary on political ideologies or seek to transform an individual’s perception of an object and ultimately initiate a process of self-reflection. His current work, the panoptica dome, is a 3,5m geodesic dome comprising 32 panels filled with multiple camera obscuras that envelope the viewer in a disorientating ‘other’ world of light and colour, inducing contemplation and renewal. The artist intends for the dome to invite the user to step out of time and embrace a sense of not knowing. All we need to do is to embrace this initial sense of unease, sit down quietly and contemplate.

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PAST

Tawanda Takura

 

(b.1989, Zimbabwe) is an emerging artist and sculptor known for his poetic use of discarded materials as a means to express the intricate nature of contemporary life. His current work, the first of its kind intended for outdoor display, makes use of a combination of found objects and shoes that collectively suggest the complexity of nature.

 
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PAST

Chris Soal

 

(b.1994, South Africa) is an award-winning, emerging artist living and practicing in Johannesburg. Using unconventional found objects, such as toothpicks and bottle caps, in conjunction with concrete and other industrial materials, Soal negotiates structural impacts on urban living and reflects on ecological concerns

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PAST

Athol Willams, 

THE BOOK OF EDEN

presents a spiritual philosophical revelation that  addresses political, economic, environmental and daily living topics of great relevance in our modern world. The book offers spiritual understanding as well as personal and societal guidance for a hopeful future. 

READ MORE

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PAST

Zurich based artist, Claudia Kübler, will be on a residency from 10 April to 5 June 2021 at the Nirox Foundation, located in the Cradle of Humankind  to the west of Johannesburg, researching and developing work around the topic of deep time

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PAST 

Yolanda Mazwana (b. 1996 – Eastern Cape, SA) is a self-taught visual artist based in Johannesburg, currently specializing in painting. Her work is centred around mental illness, popular culture, phobias, relationships and storytelling and her style being described as an amalgamation of abstract expressionism, neo-expressionism and symbolism. She currently lives and works in Johannesburg.

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FUTURE

Sadie Clayton graduated from Kingston University in 2013 with a BA Honors Fashion Design, where the body was her canvas.  She was always fascinated by the versatility of copper as a metal and as a ‘fabric’, so she integrated copper sculptures into her collections, moulding to the female form.  However, Sadie’s curiosity in technology and passion for innovation lead her to work outside of the boundaries of the body, with holograms at the Royal Academy of the Arts in collaboration with MHD holograms, augmented reality at M&C Saatchi, and artificial intelligence with Sophia the first ever social, humanoid robot, programmed through AI, created by Hanson Robotics at the Shanghai Fashion Weekend 2018.

RESIDENCY SPACES AND SERVICES

COOLROOM

UPSTAIRS STUDIO

STUDIO

WORKSHOP

LOUNGE/DINING

COTTAGE

LOUNGE

MUSIC ROOM / STUDIO

Accommodation consists of a two bedroom double-story house facing north overlooking the Sculpture Park, with a large double-volume studio, mezzanine work space, lounge, dining and entertainment facility. Adjoining the house is an open-fronted sculpture workshop and a second studio.


A separate self-contained 2-bedroom cottage facing west overlooks the water, sheltered from the afternoon sun by aged Bushwillows.

Residencies are fully serviced with meals prepared by Maria and her team in the house kitchen, good 'rural' wifi, and assistance with sourcing materials, building and making to good standards by our management, ground staff and resident carpenter.

A short walk across the lawns of the Park is the Coolroom Complex, a large multi-functional workshop/studio, a Screening Room with cinema seating, a small studio and curator’s office.

The Sculpture Parks’ 30 hectare garden is shared with the public on weekends and with pre-arranged visitors during the week. Residents’ privacy is protected, but it is in the nature of the Foundation’s purpose to encourage engagement.


The restaurant, ‘and then there was FIRE’ is open to the public. Residents are encouraged to enjoy its active program of music, performance, culinary-school, yoga, talks, poetry, fashion and related activities; to be part of Bernardo and Manu’s passion for food and the exulted life we hope to bring to South Africans and visitors from afar.

 
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Residents have access to the adjoining 1000 hectare Khatlhaphi Private Nature Reserve, a wilderness of hills and valleys populated with a diversity of local game and birdlife.
RESIDENTS' WORK AND ACTIVITY
There is no fixed work imperitive. Residents are encouraged to interact with each
other, local arts and other communities; to collaborate and create compelling
experiences.
In particular we press residents to experience and contribute to the extraordinary work of the Columba Leadership Academy whose residency is hosted in the park, instilling values, hope and inspiration to leading youths from the most underserved communities of South Africa. NIROX’ reach into local life provides opportunity for engagement with museums, institutions, galleries, academia, artists and other communities. 
Residents are required to leave an artwork or other suitable record for the
NIROX Foundation Archives.
APPLICATIONS FOR RESIDENCY
There is no call for applicants nor fixed application process. If you are interested please contact us here and we will begin a conversation. It will help us if you include your own preferred version of a CV, artist's statement, portfolio of work, biography, or the likes along with a short text on why you are interested, and have questions you would like us to answer.

Thanks for submitting!

Since its inception, NIROX has hosted more than 300 artist’s in residence.