Community Arts Legacy Archive

cala splash

A digital archive documenting community arts organisations from the anti-apartheid era along with individual artists associated with that movement.

This initiative combines two existing heritage projects (ENHANCING VISIBILITY and PEOPLES CULTURE).
Community Arts Legacy Archive also includes the production of Awakenings: The Art of Lionel Davis, a book on Lionel Davis.


Informal roundtable discussions were convened in three provinces for purposes of generating content on community organisations in those provinces.

Natal Visual Arts Organisation (NAVAO)
– A roundtable discussion took place in Durban on 25 March 2017, attended by Paul Sibisi, Thami Jali, Sfiso Ka-Mkame and Zamani Makhanya.
Short video interviews with Thami Jali, Zamani Makhanya and Paul Sibisi are available (click hereFor an individual interview with Nise Malange, Director of BAT Centre (click here)
Audio files and transcripts to be uploaded shortly. 

Eastern Cape
Imvaba Arts Association – A roundtable discussion took place in Durban on 20 May 2017, attended by Michael Barry, Noami Mackay, Liso Pemba and Mxolisi Douglas Sapeta aka “Dolla”. Short video interviews with the attendees are available (click hereFor an individual interview with Annette Du Plessis (click here)
Audio files and transcripts to be uploaded shortly.

– a roundtable discussion was held in August 2017. Visit our wesbsite and watch our Newsletter for updates.


Culture & Working Life Project
Natal Culture Congress
VhaVhenda Art Foundation


Paul Sibisi
Sfiso ka Mkame
Thami Jali
Zamani Makhanya

Eastern Cape
Michael Barry
Mxolisi “Dolla” Sapeta

Avashoni Mainganye

The NLC relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act guides the way in which NLC funding may be allocated. The intention of NLC funding is to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations. Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLC contributes to South Africa’s development.