Funded by the Mellon Foundation, the Arts Research Africa project in the Wits School of Arts consists of a range of activities designed to spark dialogue, stimulate practice, enable research and inspire collective engagement around the question of artistic research in Africa. Launched in 2017, the project enables artists' residencies; postdoctoral fellowships; symposia and colloquia; staff and postgraduate research grants; publications; and a podcast series.

ARA Principle Investigator: Brett Pyper

ARA Director: Christo Doherty

ARA Research Co-ordinator: Zanele Madiba

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  • Director: Christo Doherty

  • Organising Committee: Christo Doherty, Brett Pyper, Manola Gayatri Kumarswamy, Zanele Madiba, Mareli Stolp, Tegan Bristow

  • Conference Manager: Zanele Madiba


We wish to thank: 

  • The Mellon Foundation
  • Dr Robin Drennan and the Wits Research Office
  • Melissa Moodley from Wits Enterprise
  • René Green and the staff of the Wits Sports Conference Centre
  • Vincent Truter, Creative Director, Orlando Design
  • Emma Ketzie, Financial Admin