I hope TO NURTURE a new au­di­ence OF ART LOVERS AND grow the lo­cal art col­lec­tor BASE.

House and Leisure (South Africa) - - View Heads Up - KHOLISA THOMAS THE ART AD­VI­SOR

‘Art in South Africa is grow­ing, es­pe­cially among com­mu­ni­ties and in­di­vid­u­als who are con­ven­tion­ally as­sumed to have no his­tor­i­cal as­so­ci­a­tion with it,’ says Kholisa Thomas, a mar­ket­ing man­ager-turned-art ad­vi­sor who is pas­sion­ate about bridg­ing the gap be­tween artists and art lovers. ‘The art es­tab­lish­ment can be a strange and in­tim­i­dat­ing place, so I started The Art Talks to con­nect peo­ple with art in an ac­ces­si­ble, fun and ed­u­ca­tional way.’

Her bud­ding plat­form brings to­gether au­di­ences, artists and their work once a month in in­ti­mate spa­ces in and around down­town Joburg – from city rooftops to artists’ stu­dios and other cul­tur­ally rel­e­vant places – where sto­ries and con­ver­sa­tions flow be­tween writ­ers, men­tors, cu­ra­tors and fel­low artists.

In be­tween ex­plor­ing Jo­han­nes­burg and at­tend­ing book read­ings, con­certs in the park and art fairs, Kholisa is deeply in­volved in fundrais­ing for Kgololo Academy, a univer­sity prepara­tory school based in Alexan­dra town­ship in Gaut­eng, and the Ubuntu Ed­u­ca­tion Fund, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that gives health and ed­u­ca­tional sup­port to chil­dren in Port El­iz­a­beth. I’d love to work with the Jo­han­nes­burg Art Gallery.

khu­l­u­lafoun­da­tion.org; ubuntu­fund.org Kholisa talks about the lo­cal art scene at house­an­dleisure.co.za.

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