Robert A. Hamblin’s InterseXion to tour nationally

The complexities of sex work laid bare in InterseXion by Robert A. Hamblin

Whatever views individuals may hold about sex work, whatever the statutes may say about the legality of sex work, we cannot deny the humanity and inalienable rights of people who engage in sex work.”  Cyril Ramaphosa, 2016

Robert A. Hamblin presents InterseXion, a solo touring exhibition. This body of work is scheduled to tour nationally during 2017 and 2018.

InterseXion is centred within Hamblin’s photographic images, voice and video installations pertaining to sex work in South Africa, in particular, work with transgender women (male to female) who sell sex. Through this thought-provoking exhibition, Hamblin joins an active and ongoing debate around the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa and the social-political issues surrounding individuals in the industry, wherein transgender women are described as the most vulnerable populations.

To survive living on the streets of Cape Town you just need to give them that theatre moment…. It’s about the look. It’s all within the look. A transwoman who looks like me, with drowsy eyes, like any other beautiful woman…. it becomes financially viable.” – Leigh Davids (Sex Worker and Activist),2017

Academics, feminists, activists and politicians alike are involved in a struggle to decriminalise sex work in South Africa. According to the sex work movement in South Africa, the criminalisation of sex work means that as many as 182,000 people who make a living selling sexual services remain vulnerable to abuse and have no recourse if they experience violence.

InterseXion seeks to encourage viewers to engage with the complexities of transgender sex work, poverty and social injustices. Hamblin engages with this complex subject from multiple perspectives by working with transgender women in urban and rural areas. Simultaneously, he pertinently juxtaposes himself, a privileged male trans person (female to male), to his subjects, conceptually and physically. Through this, the artworks act as a lens to engage with issues of both poverty and sex work in society and the classes who view this issue from afar.

InterseXion will debut at Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg in June 2017 and travel to the Freestate and Cape provinces from there (venues and dates to be confirmed).


22 & 23 April 2017

Lizamore & Associates gallery - 155 Jan Smuts Avenue

Titled “Show me the Money”, this seminar focusses on critical financial aspects of the Visual Art Sector. 

Art Source South Africa and Lizamore & Associates are hosting a seminar on Professional Practice and the Business of Arts, for artists looking to effectively navigate their professional careers. Those who have attended past seminars will benefit from this new content, as well as those artists who are looking to understand how the financial side of a professional art career works. 

While talent, dedication, technical expertise and hard work are necessary to create an artwork; information, a clear plan and an understanding of the business of art develops a career! This is what this seminar programme offers. Building on eight years of presenting to artists, gallerists, lecturers and other visual arts professionals, the seminar series has been a popular event on the arts calendar and was nominated for a 2014 Business and Arts Awards.  These seminars are focused on key aspects of financial sustainability, career development, business strategy and industry knowledge that are necessary to navigate through the art world with success. 

Says a past delegate:  “Wow - was left so inspired by your seminar! I have so much to work for and look forward to. You all shared so much passion for the art world that I really do want to be part of it on a much bigger scale and you made me feel that it really is possible”. 

FEES: R 1300-00|  Includes: Two day seminar, full course pack, refreshments.

For bookings contact: Les Cohn - 082 395 7417 |


25: An Auction of Contemporary Art by Bag Factory


The Bag Factory in partnership the ABSA Gallery and Strauss & Co will be hosting “25 - An Auction of Contemporary Art” on Thursday 17 November at the ABSA Gallery from 6:30pm. Work by Benon Lutaaya, Louis Olivier, Peter Mammes, Justin Dingwall and Zolile Phetshane and many more will on auction.

The work will be available to preview at the Gallery from Thursday 10 November. The auction contains contemporary work that has either never been seen or created especially for this auction by some of SA’s most well known artists including Benon Lutaaya, Deborah Bell, Sam Nhlengethwa ,Nelson Makamo and many others. Estimates range from R3000 to R200000 so there is something for everyone!  We would like to invite you and your partner to join us for this exciting Auction.  

Date: Thursday, 17 November 2016

Time: 18:00 for 19:00 - 21:30

Venue: Absa Gallery, Absa Towers North, 161 Main Street, Johannesburg

Dress code: Business attire

RSVP to Ntokozo Mhlongo at 

or 082 894 2198 by Monday, 14 November 2016. 

You can review the catalogue of works available on auction here.

**Please note that the estimate on LOT 9 is incorrect and should read R10 000 - R7 000)

Teresa Lizamore curates the Valley Flair Art Auction by MAD Leadership Foundation


We are honoured to be partnering with Make A Difference Leadership Foundation for the Valley Flair Art Auction in November. Our very own Teresa Lizamore will be curating this charity auction. All proceeds go to charity.

Amongst the many wonderful artists, works by Hannelie CoetzeeBev Butkow and Zolile Phetshane will be on auction.

Make A Difference Leadership Foundation (MAD Leadership Foundation) was formed in 2003 by Francois Pienaar. With a focus on leadership development through education, their approach is to identify academically talented scholars with leadership potential, who do not have the necessary financial resources, and offer them support in the areas of education, leadership, wellness and life-skills development. MAD Leadership Foundation holistically invests in their scholars’ academic, wellness, life-skills, mentorship and leadership journeys, ensuring that through the 9+ years on the programme they are given every opportunity to reach their full potential as South Africa’s future leaders.

MAD Leadership Foundation presents the inaugural Valley Flair Art Auction, in partnership with Val de Vie Estate and Lizamore & Associates Gallery. This is a must-attend event for art enthusiasts, with a drive to Make A Difference. Valley Flair brings you access to the creative heart of South African artistry presenting artists such as: Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe, Shany van den Berg, Mbongeni Buthelezi & many other well-known South African artists whilst enjoying what Val de Vie does best - polo, cuisine & style. With gin and jazz setting the ambience of the event to the exquisite backdrop of Val de Vie’s estate – what better way to spend an evening. Book now for Valley Flair to raise funds and awareness for the future leaders of South Africa.

Date: 11th November 2016
Venue: Val de Vie Estate
Time: 16:30 for 17:00 (the live auction commences at 18:50 & the silent auction will be accessible via an electronic bidding system).
Cost: R550
Dress Code: Cocktail attire


Tickets: Available via Quicket -

Out and about with Hannelie Coetzee

Over the last couple of months, Hannelie Coetzee has been recognised for her achievements and contributions towards interlinking her fine art with other industries.

In September, Coetzee and Kirchhoff Professional Surveyors was awarded the Small Business Award at the annual Business and Art Awards for the Eland and Benko (#firegrazer) project. Read more here.

Eland and Benko (#firegrazer). 2015Photocredit: Terracam

Coetzee was also a finalist for this years PPC Imaginarium Awards in the Industrial design category for her Wildwall tile. Read more here. She has recently received an additional PPC prototype development grant for this design. Interested parties can contact Coetzee to discuss potential site specific installation.

For the the launch for the new The Test Kitchen, at the Biscuit Mill Cape Town Coetzee was commissioned to create a work in this exclusive restaurant. For this, Coetzee created Sibling Portrait by engraving figures into burnt wood.

Sibling Portrait. 2016. Gravure in burnt wood, 400 x 6000 cm

Sibling Portrait. 2016. Gravure in burnt wood, 400 x 6000 cm