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Fine Arts

The Department of Fine Arts is vibrantly interdisciplinary, combining technical training in artistic production with high levels of conceptual and creative thinking.

The Fine Arts department, located in the heart of Braamfontein in Johannesburg is part of a dynamic cultural and artistic centre within the WITS School of Arts. We combine a rigorous studio-based programme with the pursuit of academic excellence, giving students a range of options to explore and critically play with.

As we believe that Fine Arts education extends beyond the academy, we encourage our students to participate in this wider art arena. This coupled with the combination of conceptually and technically challenging studio practice and rigorous academic curricula, equips our graduates with the skills to excel in many different fields.

Wits Fine Arts NEWWORK23 Class Prize winner Ntsako Nkuna on left and merit awards to Noa Hall in middle and Rethabile Padi

Graduate exhibition showcases fine artists

NEWWORK23 is an exhibition of work by young artists in fulfilment of a Wits BA Fine Arts degree.

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Wits Art Museum: Sentimental Agents (PhD exhibition), Bettina Malcomess, Opening

Sentimental Agents is a series by Bettina Malcomess of moving image works embodying the entanglements of cinema within the nervous system of empire, an immersive information field of signals, light, sound and transmission.

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Prof Sharlene Khan Penn State Writing Fellowship Prof Sharlene Khan will be on a writing fellowship at Penn State University's Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and African Studies Department from 1 August - 20 December 2023. Prof Khan will be working on two book projects. Khan will be writing up an Art on our Mind book, that chronicles the interviews, alongside her critical essays on these artists' works.
What are we doing in Fine Arts? The Fine Arts department is committed to shaping an open, collectively productive environment for artistic research, study and work, which recognises that developing a creative voice and language is a process- a constant search requiring learning and unlearning, testing, failing and succeeding.
Rumbo Mercy

Wits Young Artist Award Winner

Rumbo Mercy took first place with her multimedia installation.

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2023 Wits Young Artist Award (WYAA) Winners

The Wits Young Artist Award (WYAA) is supported by The Point of Order and the Wits School of Arts as a platform for both acknowledging and giving exposure to new (earliest 2022) and critical work by senior students of the Wits Fine Art Department. The 2023 WYAA chief selector was Dr Same Mdluli, the director of the Standard Bank Art Gallery.

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