Building Blocks

The ACT Building Blocks Programme aims to build the capacity of South African artists and arts, culture and heritage organisations. The programme aims to strengthen the infrastructure that supports the sector. The ACT Building Blocks Programme achieves its aims by transferring skills in leadership, marketing, governance and monitoring & evaluation.

Artists and arts, culture and heritage organisations are invited to apply for one of 10 spots in the ACT Building Blocks Programme. The invitation to apply is extended to interested parties in all nine provinces, but preference will be given to those not based in the Western Cape, KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng.

Building Blocks is a programme designed by ACT and funded by the National Arts Council. The programme is tailored for mid-level organisations and emerging artists. The transfer of skills takes two forms- masterclasses and sustained mentorship.

The 2019 ACT Building Blocks Programme will accept 10 eligible artists and/or arts, culture and heritage organisations. To be eligible, artists and arts organisations must be operational when applying, must have been in operation for no less than one year but no more than five years. Individual artists must prove that they have ongoing projects or programmes that can be used as case studies throughout the programme.

Successful arts, culture and heritage organisations and small and medium creative enterprises will be required to send one representative to attend each of the master classes. This can be one individual who will attend all four classes, or four different individuals who will attend the master class most suited to their role within the organisation.

Masterclasses dates*(venues to be announced):

  • 8 & 9 March 2019 (Leadership in the Arts)
  • 15 & 16 March 2019 (Governance in the Arts)
  • 22 & 23 March 2019 (Marketing in the Arts)
  • 29 & 30 March 2019 (Monitoring & Evaluation in the Arts)

*Please note that dates are subject to change, based on availability of facilitators

Participants will be assisted with transport and accommodation for all masterclasses held in Johannesburg.

Applications open: Friday, 25 January 2019

Deadline: Friday, 08 February 2019

Online application form

Only applications completed through the online application platform will be considered.

Former participants in the ACT Building Blocks Programme had this to say about it:

“The points that were covered were relevant to my work and situations, problems or solutions I had encountered. There was a nice flow between given information and discussions.”

Nompumezo Gubevo from ArtEC Communitey Art Centre

“I am excited by the information I received and am excited to implement it. The training not only informed me, but managed to inspire me to explore the unknown.”

Xolisa Ngubelanga from Jo Kinda

“Overall there was a clear connection between the theory and practical implementation. The assignments provided a good benchmark for participants during the mentoring sessions.”

Ricardo Wyngaard

For more information, contact Setumo-Thebe Mohlomi on 010 023 0899 or send an email to


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