Vakalisa Arts Association (1982- c. 1992) was a network of black cultural workers that was active in the Western Cape. Vakalisa held several exhibitions and cultural events in community spaces, and published five calendars and two volumes of poetry.

Vakalisa Calender – 1984

Vakalisa Calender – 1985

Vakalisa Calender – 1986

Vakalisa Calender – 1989

Vakalisa Calender – 1992



Adams, Keith - Then: writer. Now: adult educator at St Joseph’s Adult Education Programme, Rondebosch, Cape Town

Adams, Willie

Andrews, Kate - Then: poet

Appolis, Tyrone – Then: visual artist, musician. Now: artist

Baker, Joan – Then: writer. Now: deceased

Baker, Kenny Then: visual artist. Now: deceased

Barry, Michael Then: visual artist and teacher.  Now: artist, and Head of Department of Arts and Culture, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Benjamin, Jean Then: writer. Now: Deputy Minister of Social Development, South Africa

Berry, Peter

Budaza, Hamilton – Then: visual artist and teacher at CAP.  Now: curator, University of The Western Cape

Clarke, Peter - Then & now: visual artist and poet.

Combrinck, Lisa Then: writer. Now: spokesperson, Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa

Davids, Johann – Then: visual artist

Davids, Mervyn – Then:  visual artist and teacher.  Now: teacher

Davis, Lionel - Then: visual artist and teacher at CAP. Now: artist

Dennis, Carl

Dikeni, Sandile Then & now: poet

Durrock, Patrick

Erasmus, Garth – Then: visual artist and teacher.  Now: artist and musician

Espin, Mark – Then: writer. Now: project coordinator, Centre For The Book, Cape Town

Essop, Sydda

Gabriels, Theo

George, Charlton – Then: actor and member of Action Workshop.  Now: actor

Hlongwane, David – Then: CAP student.  Now: curator, University of The Western Cape

Hollman, Rudien – Then: poet and writer

Holo, Patrick – Then: visual artist and teacher at the Nyanga Art Centre. Now: artist

Jansen, Beverly

Johnstone, Abduraghiem – Then: poet

Lombard, Rashid – Then: photographer. Now: CEO, ESP Afrika (Cape Town Jazz festival) Interview

Lupuwana, Luthando – Then & now: visual artist

Matthews, James – Then: poet and publisher.  Now: poet

Matthews, Jimi - Then: photojournalist.  Now: head of news, SABC

Meintjies , Frank Then: writer and cultural activist. Now: political analyst and social change practitioner

Mthethwa, Zwelethu Then & now: visual artist

Mthini, Mawande Then: CAP student.  Now: artist

Parenzee, Donald Then: poet and architect.  Now: poet, and member of ASAI

Prodehl, Arthur Then: visual artist

Sauls, Lloyd Then: photographer

Sickle, Mario – Then: visual artist and teacher at CAP

Siers, Rushdy – Then & now: writer

Smallberg, Mavis – Then & now: poet

Solomons, Vanessa – Then: UCT fine arts student and CAP teacher. Now: artist, New York

Swart, Dehran Then: photographer.  Now: senior project manager, Paraffin Safety Association of South Africa

Thomas, Gladys Then: writer

Thomas, Stanley – Then: graphic designer

Weeder, Michael

Willemse, Hein – Then: literary academic.  Now: professor, University of Pretoria

Vallie, Zubeida - Then: photographer