Only 3 weeks remain to apply for the Ubuciko Professional Development Programme for visual artists.

Pareto Limited is thrilled to be pioneering new pathways for visual artists working in Gauteng through Ubuciko, a uniquely curated Professional Development Programme. Ubuciko recognises creativity and ability in the visual arts sector by placing impetus on professional growth and development for emerging artists. Pareto Limited is the path-maker, carving overtures within the retail industry framework for visual artists by way of facilitating workshops on professional and best practice guidelines and training through Ubuciko.

Pareto Limited prides itself in growing places and creating opportunity for sustainable business development in South Africa through their investment in commercial and retail properties. Pareto Limited is trailblazing new paths for emerging professionals in the visual arts sector to upgrade their business knowledge and capacity for growth.

Pareto Limited comprehends the enormous social value the arts bring to our nation and has observed how the current economic climate in tandem with the present reality of a pandemic has hamstrung the arts and culture sector locally. As a company that invests in ‘growing places’ we see equal value in path-making to arrive at the places of growth we invest in. Our fundamental responsibility, as a company, is to assist in improving the quality of lives of individuals and communities in South Africa in areas in which our shopping centres are located.

Every crisis presents a unique opportunity to be harnessed by those affected. Visual artists are the ultimate path-finders, creating new forms and expressions in their artwork whilst having to become innovative and agile in their business practice. Ubuciko addresses both the artistry and the business through this workshop offering moving forward towards sustainable arts and business development.

Ubuciko is looking to upskill emerging South African visual artists, based in Gauteng in key areas of professional practice career sustainability during and after Covid19.
Shortlisted candidates will participate in a guided curriculum addressing artistic career development training and sustainability covering topics such as (but not limited to);

  • Funding for Art Development Projects of an interdisciplinary and collaborative nature

–    Marketing
–    Project Management
–    Pricing Art
–    Art Law


  • Applicant must be between the ages of 20 and 35 years old.
  • Submission of an up-to-date digital portfolio.
  • Must have exhibited in at least two group exhibitions over the last 2 years.
  • Submission of a Bio/CV and at least two bodies of work via the online application process.

*Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Applications close Friday, 18 September 2020.

Announcement of successful applicants will be made on the 30th of September 2020.

Workshop Dates:
Menlyn Park Shopping Centre (PTA): 19-23 October 2020
Southgate Mall (JHB): 19-23 October 2020

Workshops will take place at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre and Southgate Mall respectively, if Government Covid19 regulations allow. Alternatively, a digital platform will be created for the workshop facilitation and participation.

How to apply:
Applicants will need to complete the online application form at the following link:
Click here to apply
Whatsapp Ubuciko2020 to +27665564351

For more information on the application criteria and for the online application please visit:
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Ubuciko is administered by The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), Rolihlahla Mhlanga and Kgalee Contemporary.


Notes to editors

About Pareto
Pareto is one of South Africa’s leading retail investment funds with an iconic portfolio of regional and super-regional shopping centres across the country, as well as mixed-use developments. Pareto invests in prime iconic retail properties, including assets that are wholly-owned or co-owned alongside like-minded investors within major metropolitan areas. Some of Pareto’s properties include Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Sandton City, Cresta Shopping Centre, Pavilion Shopping Centre and Tyger Valley Shopping Centre, Mimosa, Southgate and Westgate Shopping Centre.

About Southgate Mall
With a Gross lettable area of just under 70 000m2, Southgate Mall is a two-level centre boasting over 160 tenants and an annual foot count of 10 million.
Positioned as the gateway to Soweto and located near many tourist attractions such as the FNB stadium, Southgate Mall is easily accessible to its catchment areas and is strategically positioned opposite its convenience centre- Southgate Value Market. Southgate Mall offers a diverse tenant mix, including a choice of great eateries, fashion outlets, department stores and designed exhibition facilities occasionally utilities by various brands and promotions.

Southgate Mall, there’s more for you!

About Menlyn Park Shopping Centre
Menlyn Park Shopping Centre is an award-winning super-regional shopping centre situated in the fast-developing Menlyn node in the capital city of Tshwane, South Africa. This multi-level centre boasts a large base of international brands and flagship anchor stores. Menlyn Park has set a new standard of becoming one of the largest centres in Africa after undergoing a redevelopment of R 2.5 Billion. With its recent expansion and refurbishment, Menlyn has a GLA of over 177 000m2. Menlyn Park continues to strive to bring you more of the best shopping, dining, entertainment and leisure experiences in a world-class mall that expresses a unique modern design and uses innovative green building to enable excellent, efficient operations.

About The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT)
Over 25 years of arts funding
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes ACT provides support to all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration. For more information please visit the Trust’s website. Follow ACT on Twitter or like the ACT’s Facebook page.

About Kgalee Contemporary
Kgalee Contemporary is a Black-owned art gallery project founded by artist and gallerist, Kgalalelo Gaitate of which art curator, Rolihlahla Mhlanga, heads the curatorial division. We are committed to creating a formidable base that enshrines cross-cultural values for practitioners locally and internationally. Dedicated to the upliftment and development of artists on a holistic level, Kgalee Contemporary creates both conventional and unconventional platforms for creative professionals to showcase their work and make their art practice viable businesses. We equip our artists with pro-networking skills, guide them through mentorship programmes and encourage portfolio expansion. Our key focus areas are Career Development and Art Ecosystem Tribe Building.