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