Spier Arts Academy - Open studio

Spier Arts Academy - Open studio

The Spier Arts Academy, which offers a three-year employment-based training in professional mosaic and ceramics, has announced an Open Studio on 18 September for Creative Week Cape Town. Started in 2008, South Africa’s only professional mosaic and ceramic skills training programme and apprenticeship, is geared towards equipping apprentices with the necessary skills, work experiences and industry connections to run their own creative enterprises after graduation. With local and international industry experts heading the training, the mosaic studio is headed up by Irene Rizzin, a former Masters graduate from the renowned Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in Italy; while the ceramic studio is run by Karen Kotze, a ceramic artist whose work is included in collections is included in collections across South Africa. Additionally, both courses include tuition in drawing, art history, applied theory and business skills. “Our inclusion as a project of World Design Capital Cape Town recognizes our aim to aim to evolve the creative community by imparting skills transfer, entrepreneurial tools and economic growth,” says Monique Davids. Apprentices are also exposed to the local art and culture scene, via excursions to art studios, galleries, museums and the art library. The ultimate excursion takes the form of a cultural tour of Europe - awarded to third year apprentices who perform consistently well. Under the direction of Yellowwoods Art, the Academy has produced architectural-scale mosaic artworks to critical acclaim; to date winning two BASA Awards and the BAMM Award in the UK. The Spier Arts Academy is also an official project of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.


Union House, 25 Commercial Street, Cape Town, 8001






10:00 - 02:00