Announcement of arts bursaries pushed back

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The National Arts Council (NAC) has announced a delay in the awarding of international arts bursaries. This is a result of the prolonged Covid-19 lockdown that has been instated in the country currently.

The council was due to announce the outcomes of applications for this funding opportunity for overseas study this month. However, the announcement has been unavoidably held back amid the Covid-19 outbreak which has placed certain administrative functions on hold.

The NAC funds various arts-based community upliftment projects throughout the country, including the Mangaung area. Local non-profit organisation, Born to Prosper (B2P), is one of 237 groups which benefited from funding last year. As a beneficiary, B2P is able to not only inspire local artists but also to help them put food on the table through their craft.

The purpose of the bursaries is to award exceptional young South Africans with international bursaries in order to address some of the rare and essential skills required by the South African arts sector. While members of the NAC’s bursaries panel have reviewed the applications received and have made recommendations, the NAC has been unable to convene to sign them off because of the lockdown.

For updates and the announcement of the successful candidates, visit www.nac.org.za.

National Arts Council applications are still open to individuals and registered arts organisations in need of project funding until 31 May 2020. Register and complete the online application form using the following link: www.nac.praxisgms.co.za. There is also a video on the NAC’s YouTube channel to assist with online applications.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele

nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za