Art Means Business

AFRICA BUSINESS RADIO  |  Podcast , ±48 min episodes every 3 weeks, 4 days  |  Broadcast schedule  | 
This show introduces the topic of ‘creative economy’ in Africa’s economic and development agenda. It explores the potential of the creative industry to provide new opportunities for developing countries, in particular African countries, to leapfrog into emerging high-growth areas of the world economy. The creative economy is a vital and growing engine of growth and employment in many countries of the world. According to UNESCO, the creative economy is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy - a highly transformative one in terms of income generation, job creation and export earnings.
The creative economy spans a variety of sectors such as advertising,
broadcasting, architecture, arts, crafts, design, fashion, gastronomy, music, publishing, theatre and technology.

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21
MAR

Music Festivals

"This show will focus on the business of music festivals. Our guest is Mr Willie Reetsang, a professional musician, art and culture activist, and performing arts educator. He is the organizer of the Kgalagadi Jazz Festival, holding on 22nd March 2019 in Kuruman, Northern Cape. We will explore what it takes to organize big music festivals; the business and economics of music festivals; and the socio-political impact of such festivals. Willie holds a Master of Management degree from Wits and a number of qualifications in art and culture. He has organized a number of music festivals.
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14
MAR

Architecture & Interior Design_Potlako Gasenelwe Seg 2

Welcome to Art Means Business. This week our conversation is about the built environment, its role in Africa and how it is related to architecture and interior design. Furthermore, we explore how the built environment defines our identities in terms of who we are and how it affects our well-being, in other words our mental health, physical health and spirituality, while we also explore the business opportunities within this environment. Finally, we look at the trends within this environment and how governments are responding in terms of policy towards it. To help us discuss this is our guest Potlako Gesenelwe, who’s an expert in this field.
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14
MAR

Architecture & Interior Design_Potlako Gasenelwe Seg 3

Welcome to Art Means Business. This week our conversation is about the built environment, its role in Africa and how it is related to architecture and interior design. Furthermore, we explore how the built environment defines our identities in terms of who we are and how it affects our well-being, in other words our mental health, physical health and spirituality, while we also explore the business opportunities within this environment. Finally, we look at the trends within this environment and how governments are responding in terms of policy towards it. To help us discuss this is our guest Potlako Gesenelwe, who’s an expert in this field.
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28
FEB

Absa Gallery Tête-à-Tête Exhibition Seg 1

Welcome to Art means business, the show that talks about everything creative, everything African and everything art.
This week we are at the tête-à-tête exhibition at the Absa Gallery downtown Johannesburg. Joining us to talk about this exhibition is Thabo Sishoka, Who is the Absa art assistant curator and Candice Allison who is the director of Bag Factory artist studio in Johannesburg.
We explore what it’s all about, How Absa and the Bag factory came into partnership, what it has amounted to and what they are currently working on.
We also explore the concept of Art in the African context, as well as understanding the impact government would play if they would fund art more, as well as understanding how education from a young age would change the narrative of art in Africa and understanding all the dynamics of business/entrepreneurship in art.
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28
FEB

Absa Gallery Tête-à-Tête Exhibition Seg 2

Welcome to Art means business, the show that talks about everything creative, everything African and everything art.
This week we are at the tête-à-tête exhibition at the Absa Gallery downtown Johannesburg. Joining us to talk about this exhibition is Thabo Sishoka, Who is the Absa art assistant curator and Candice Allison who is the director of Bag Factory artist studio in Johannesburg.
We explore what it’s all about, How Absa and the Bag factory came into partnership, what it has amounted to and what they are currently working on.
We also explore the concept of Art in the African context, as well as understanding the impact government would play if they would fund art more, as well as understanding how education from a young age would change the narrative of art in Africa and understanding all the dynamics of business/entrepreneurship in art.
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28
FEB

Absa Gallery Tête-à-Tête Exhibition Seg 3

Welcome to Art means business, the show that talks about everything creative, everything African and everything art.
This week we are at the tête-à-tête exhibition at the Absa Gallery downtown Johannesburg. Joining us to talk about this exhibition is Thabo Sishoka, Who is the Absa art assistant curator and Candice Allison who is the director of Bag Factory artist studio in Johannesburg.
We explore what it’s all about, How Absa and the Bag factory came into partnership, what it has amounted to and what they are currently working on.
We also explore the concept of Art in the African context, as well as understanding the impact government would play if they would fund art more, as well as understanding how education from a young age would change the narrative of art in Africa and understanding all the dynamics of business/entrepreneurship in art.
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15
NOV
2018

The Role of the Built Environment in Africa

Today we are looking at The Role of the Built Environment in Africa, its role in shaping our identity, frame of reference (i.e. how we look at the world) and well-being, and we also explore business opportunities within the sector (across the value chain).

As usual we have an able professional in the field to unpack this with us. Her name is Potlako Gasennelwe.
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09
NOV
2018

Are creative industries creating pathways for job creation?

Today we explore the question “How can we use creative industries for the economic regeneration of urban regions on our continent. We will tackle the question in 3 ways. Firstly, by examining the international debates about the effectiveness of the creative projects as tools for development. We also deliberate on why authorities should put more importance on policies guiding creative industries and conclude by looking at a South African case study – in which reflect on the evolution of creative industries in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
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02
NOV
2018

The Role of Culture in developing sustainable cities.

Today we discuss the role of culture in developing sustainable cities. We look at the link between culture and creativity and how the two can shape cities into sustainable spaces that are sensitive to the diverse identities of the cities' residents. To help us unpack this we have Zayd Minty, a cultural management professional and researcher, who has worked extensively in this area, including penning the only African policy on culture and sustainable cities. He is currently reading towards a PhD
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19
OCT
2018

Dos/Don'ts of Art Buying And Investment

Today on Art Means Business we explore the world of buying art for investment. Though relatively new on our continent, the business of buying/investing in the art (particularly black artists) is growing fast. As Art Historian Theminkosi Goniwe points out in his Mail & Guardian article of the 7th of September 2018, there has been a steady increase in exhibitions and art awards by black artists in recent years. These exhibitions are showcase splendid works and the presentation of these works to professional – international standards. “The prices and sales of artworks by select black artists have also swollen. And art audiences are feasting on these artworks, with some dealers and collectors competing overselling and possessing them,” [Theminkosi Goniwe]. Not only is there an increase in the number of works by black artists but there is also a rising black middle and upper class that is showing interest in the visuals arts. From appreciators to collectors, patrons and enthusiasts who are setting up art consultancies, working with (or establishing) art galleries.

Our conversation today unpacks the world investment art in the context of growing interest by the people of the African continent. We ask questions such as, how does the industry operate? What are the dos and don’ts when seeking to enter the world of investment art? What are the trends? And many more. To help us discuss this subject we have in our studio Thabo Seshoka. Thabo Seshoka is the Absa Assistant Art Curator. Thabo Seshoka is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Absa Gallery, while concurrently curating one of the largest Corporate Art Collections globally. Prior to joining the Absa Gallery, Thabo was the Acting Chief Curator and the Head of an Interdisciplinary Museum and it’s curator of Cultural History. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) degree from Rhodes University (South Africa), a Masters of Arts degree from the Nelson Mandela University (South Africa) and is current
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08
OCT
2018

Unpacking Nigerian Creative Industry, Reflecting on The 58th Years of Independence

Nonhlanhla rides solo on this episode of Art Means Business, she hosted the delegates of The Female Artists Association of Nigeria (FEEAN). The executives of the association visiting South Africa in celebration of the 58th-year independence of the federal republic of Nigeria. We are reflecting 58 years of independence and chatting about business relations between the Republic of South Africa and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
FEEAN was born out of the dire need of the female artists who in the past find it difficult to come out during exhibitions with their male counterparts. Most of them after marriage or graduation abandon the profession for other things. Some female professional artists came together to channel their different challenges in society through art exhibitions, seminars, workshops and training for the younger ones, and also to advocate against inequality, rape, genital mutilation, violence, child abuse, sex slaves at conflict areas, adoption and so on.
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20
SEP
2018

Making Art Work in Cote d’Ivoire – A Conversation with Cultural Attache

Today Africa, we draw your attention to the beautiful country of Cote d’Ivoire and what is happening in that countries art scene.
But first a bit of context.
For those of you who don’t know - Cote d’Ivoire attained independence from the French on the 7th of August 1960. Her first president was Felix Houphouet-Boigny, who ruled the country until 1993. After Felix Houphouet-Boigny ended, Cote d’Ivoire has experienced a coup d’etat, in 1999, and two religious - grounded civil wars. The first two took place between 2002 and 2007 and the second during 2010 – 2011.
Cote d’Ivoire has an income per capita (US$1014.4). She has the largest economy on the West African Economic and Monetary Union constituting 40% of the monetary union’s total GDP. She is the largest exporter of cocoa beans averaging US$2, 53 billion in earnings per year. Cote d’Ivoire also has 100,000 rubber farmers who earned an average of US$105 million per year. The country’s economy is largely market-based and still relies heavily on agriculture, with smallholder cash crop production being dominant.
This dependence on agriculture has encouraged Cote d’Ivoire to look at diversifying the economy. One of the ways in which the country is doing this is by developing creative industries.
To help us unpack this topic I have in the studio Mr. Behila Angama, the Cultural Attache of the Embassy of Cote d’Ivoire in South Africa
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