Zeitz MOCAA is awarding a scholarship into their Curatorial Training Programme

The Costume Institute at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) announces an award to support a Curatorial Assistant in the Curatorial Training Programme focusing on costume

The selected participant will gain valuable experience and skills by participating in all components of the running of the Costume Institute. By learning practical skills, this programme will prepare a practicing professional or a recent graduate for a career working as a curator or archivist of costume in a museum, art gallery, publication, or commercial brand.

The Costume Institute at Zeitz MOCAA is dedicated to the collecting, preserving, researching, and exhibiting of contemporary costume, fashion, and body embellishment by designers from Africa, its Diaspora and beyond. Through a varied programme of exhibitions, events, educational activities, and happenings, the institution will engage a diversity of audiences with all facets of contemporary costume and will be a catalyst for critical engagement with the discipline.

Are you the person the Costume Institute is looking for?

The selected participant will have a passion for innovative contemporary costume practices and discourses; knowledge of major practices defining the discipline locally and globally; an interest in costume’s history, interpretation, construction, and care; a desire to critically engage with the discipline; and knowledge of major developments in the fashion industry, including garment production and technology.

The judges

Applicants will be selected by a panel of leaders in fashion, including Jenny Andrews, Contributing Fashion Editor, Wanted; Emilie Gambade, Editor, ELLE South Africa.

Yolisa Koza, Marketing Head, Standard Bank Wealth and Investment; Lukhanyo Mdingi, Designer; Vika Shipalana, Channel Director: Prestige, Pernod Ricard; Thula Sindi, Designer; and Malibongwe Tyilo, Co-Editor, Thatskattie.com.

How to apply

As a cutting edge equal opportunity institution, Zeitz MOCAA celebrates diversity in all its forms including gender, race, creed, and orientation. The selected participant will be awarded with a one year scholarship that covers all course fees and living expenses. To apply, please email a letter of motivation, CV, three writing examples, and scan of ID to ctp@zeitzmocaa.museum by 30 September 2016.

Meet Gcotyelwa Mashiqa, currently a Curatorial Assistant in the Curatorial Training Programme at Zeitz MOCAA

Gcotyelwa Mashiqa was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2015, she completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Curatorship, Centre for Curating the Archive at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Gcotyelwa also holds a Bachelor of Technology in Fine Art, Central University of Technology, Free State, which she obtained in 2011. From 2004 to 2005, she was a student at the Arts and Media Access Centre (AMAC) in Cape Town, South Africa. While a student at AMAC, Gcotyelwa’s photographic series “Through the Looking Hole” was included in a group exhibition curated by Gabi Ngcobo entitled “Women Spaces/Kvinniliga Rum/Imiba Yethu”. This exhibition included work by students at AMAC and Wik Folk High School in Uppsala, Sweden and was showcased at AMAC and the Multicultural Centre of Botkyrka in Stockholm, Sweden. From 2013 to 2014, she completed an internship at the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa in the Cultural Development unit. Currently Mashiqa is a Curatorial Assistant in the Curatorial Training Programme at Zeitz MOCAA. In July 2016, she co-curated “Escape by Night”, a new media programme of contemporary video art by artists from Africa and its Diaspora.