Nelson Makamo takes his art to rural communities

Artist Nelson Makamo’s subjects have all come from impoverished communities but they have never seen his works. Now, Makamo is looking to take his...

Infographic: Know your copyrights on World Book and Copyright Day

To celebrate Unesco’s International World Book and Copyright Day on 23 April, an annual event that promotes reading and highlights the importance of creative ownership, we bring you an infographic on the basic concepts of copyright.

Public art builds civic pride

skubalisto---thumbThrough his inspiring public art, painter Skubalisto is creating community pride in the Cape townships of Langa and Gugulethu.

Recycling is at the heart of Soulart

soulart-2---thumbThe 10 young designers at Soulart recycle waste, turning it into artful, sought-after items. They work under the genial eye of founder Brian Sibusiso Mokhachane, who says his initiative is helping to create jobs and tackle drug abuse and littering.

The Met in New York showcases 100 years of West African photography

West Africa's rich photographic tradition is getting worldwide attention at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition showcases nearly 80 portraits from countries such as Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone dating back to the 1870s.

African history gets animation treatment

The founding of Botswana by King Khama III; the bravery of Bilal Ibn Rabah; the quest of Adama in a foreign, war-torn land – Africa's stories are being retold in a modern format, from an African perspective, to an audience who may not know them.

The artist at work: Mbongeni Buthelezi makes beauty out of waste

South African artist Mbongeni Buthelezi recycles plastic litter, adds some heat and melts it all on to his canvas to create some of the most audacious pieces of art. A regular exhibitor on the local and international art scenes for almost 20 years, he has been hailed as one of the country's most innovative artists.

The artist who paints with lipstick

Sarah Britten has created a niche for herself in the art world by using a unique medium – lipstick – to create her pictures. It has increased the number of tubes she buys compared to the average woman, but it's worthwhile because she thinks the colours are extraordinary.

South African artists draw international interest

South African artists present a unique South African identity to the world, and the high prices many local artists fetch internationally are testament to the growing interest in the calibre of local artists – as well as in that identity.

Art and science unite at SKA

The art, culture and beliefs of two ancient tribes on two sides of Earth are united in an exhibition ringing the links between art, science and religion, hosted by the Square Kilometre Array. Most science is beautiful, and so is most art, says the head of the South African mission of the joint South Africa-Australia initiative.