Open Call for Submissions | The Orms Circle Mentorship Programme Empowers Upcoming Womxn Artists

For the second year running, Orms Circle invites womxn artists to apply for an eight-week mentorship programme, of which the selected winner will receive access to a platform to showcase a solo body of work in collaboration with photographic industry leader, Orms.

Now more than ever, woman artists need to be honoured with stronger visibility in creative spaces. With a purposeful focus on driving representation and making space for up-and-coming creatives, Orms launched the Orms Circle Mentorship Programme in 2019 as a means to provide womxn artists with the resources and support they need to enter into the industry.

During the intensive 8-week programme, the artist will enjoy the freedom to create, receive invaluable feedback, and grow in a way that facilitates a sustainable professional practice. They will also learn essential technical skills to assist in the creation of their final body of work, and will enjoy marketing exposure as the solo exhibition date draws closer.

The mentorship circle includes the likes of Lekgetho Makola, Head of Market Photo Workshop, Orms Cape Town School of Photography Lecturer and Curator, Lauren Theunissen, and Orms Circle Mentorship Programme artist 2019, Yonela Makhoba.

Orms and Orms Cape Town School of Photography are proud to join forces with Market Photo Workshop in a combined effort to support, nurture and grow a network of professional creatives in South Africa. This will allow the Orms Circle Mentorship Programme artist to participate in the Market Photo Workshop’s Photographic Incubator programme, where they will continue with their pursuit of a sustainable professional artistic practice in 2021.

The selected artists will also have access to a personalised consultation with comminucations expert, MD and Founder of Conversation Capital, Tziona Kerton, and Art Law expert, Toby Orford.

Submissions are open from 7 August 2020 – 30 September 2020. For more information on Orms Circle and to apply online,

Among other qualifying criteria, entrants, who are re are required to have prior industry experience, are asked to submit a photographic portfolio, motivation for this call, their resume and contactable references in order for their application to be considered. 

The selected artist’s solo exhibition will take place at FORM, Orms’ dedicated exhibition space in Cape Town, on 3 December 2020, with the opportunity for the exhibition to travel to Johannesburg in 2021.

Featured Image: Yonela Makhoba : Title Ndingcwele mna, 2019

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