All artists in South Africa work under extremely challenging circumstances but some have even more limited access to resources and information. Spier Contemporary devised a variety of development initiatives to broaden the base of skills and resources for the art economy of South Africa. The initiatives have been designed to roll out over 2009 and 2010, and include:
- Fees and Awards – the total artists fees and awards for the project total R1,200,000 and will be used for the professional development and career advancement of all Exhibition artists;
- Curatorial Training – four young curators are participating in a ten-month programme that includes both theory of and practical training in curatorial practice;
- Artist in Residency – during September and October 2009, in collaboration with Fort Hare University, Spier Contemporary hosted a month-long intensive residency for seven visual artists at Alice in the Eastern Cape;
- Visual Art Workshops – a series of four workshops, have been developed for visual arts sector. These workshops are held in smaller cities and rural areas, catering specifically to the individual needs of the artists in the chosen areas. In 2009, two Visual Arts Workshops were been completed with two more planned for 2010; and
- Performance Art Workshops – a series of workshops for performance artists were conducted in Johannesburg and Cape Town.