It is not unusual to find artworks by William Kentridge, Penny Siopis, Athi-Patra Ruga and Jane Alexander leading an auction sale. These contemporary art stars with impressive international profiles generate attention. However, the appearance of significant works produced and donated by these leading figures at the Siyakhula Michaelis Auction on 17 October at the art school, will be a landmark occasion.

Funds raised by the auction will be used towards comprehensive scholarships to promising students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, ensuring greater diversity at the university. In this way established artists will pave the way for the next generation, living up to the title Siyakhula, which in isiXhosa means ‘together we grow’.

When you consider some of Michaelis’s leading graduates -  Nandipha Mntambo, Mikhael Subotzky and Marlene Dumas – it becomes clear how life-changing this scholarship could be for a young artist.

Artists with proven records at auctions – Sue Williamson, Deborah Bell and Georgina Gratrix – will feature in the Siyakhula Michaelis Auction alongside those who have never tested this territory such as new comers Rory Emmett, Bronwyn Katz and Siwa Mgoboza. 

Aspire Art Auctions will be conducting a live auction in the Hiddingh Hall at the Michaelis School of Fine Art on the 17th October 2018. An online auction will take place on the their website prior to that date. Bidder registration will open on 1 October, and at the same time a digital catalogue will be released on:

The auction is supported by various pro-bono contributions. Those who believe in supporting emerging artists, diversity at tertiary levels and the value of education are encouraged to participate and bid generously.

12 October to 17 October, 10:30 - 16:00
11 October, 18.00 

10 October  - 17 October
17 October, 18.30, Hiddingh Hall and Michaelis Galleries