KLA ART Labs Starter Kit

The KLA ART Labs Starter Kit is a writing toolkit workshop developed as part of the larger Art, Writing, Work project in collaboration with Newcastle University, Art Monthly, Nairobi Contemporary and British Institute in Eastern Africa. Interested parties are invited to join the Lab Starter Kits in April to be introduced to the KLA ART Labs program and develop a writing toolkit to serve as a resource for the duration of the Labs and beyond.

The KLA ART Labs program is an immersive experiential curriculum designed to provide creative professionals with the tools and opportunities for in-depth research and critical thinking through public practice. The program is an initiative of 32° East, with support from the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, Newcastle University and Arts Collaboratory.

Starter Kit Programme

Art Writers Week

(April 29th – 3rd May)

During this week the program will be focused on the craft of writing about the arts and developing content, argument, and a compelling voice in art writing.

The workshop will use participants writing samples as a jump-off point for in-depth analysis of their voice, style, criticism and structure.

Artists Week

(6th – 10th May)

In this week the program will be focused on the ways artists can effectively write about what they do and why they do it.

Participants will learn the key elements to writing powerful artist statements, CV’s, project proposals, grant applications and manifestos.



Joan Legalamitlwa

Joan is a Mahikeng based visual arts and film curator who is a UCT BA graduate and former director of the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. She is the founding director of Legalamitlwa Arts and is currently working towards building an artist residency in Mahikeng.


Fiona Anderson

Fiona is an art historian and lecturer in Art History in the Fine Art department at Newcastle University. Her research explores queer social and sexual cultures and art from the 1970s to the present with a particular focus on cruising cultures, the HIV/AIDS crisis, world-making practices, and the politics of urban space.


Fouad Asfour

Fouad is a writer, editor and publisher, organising independent spaces for discourse and artistic collaboration. As a member of the Johannesburg-based artists’ collective Dead Revolutionaries Club, he co-curated exhibitions, an online webzine and conversation evenings.

Registration for the KLA ART Labs Starter Kit is closed.

The Writing toolkit from the workshops will be available online shortly after the labs.

Highlights from KLA ART Labs 2017