This programme is designed to allow artists who are ready to enter the market at a professional level, the opportunity to have their first solo contemporary commercial gallery exhibition, and gain the insights of professional mentors who have forged long career paths themselves. The mentorship of the mentee takes place over a period of 12 – 15 months and ends in a solo exhibition at Lizamore & Associates Gallery in Parkwood in March each year.

Current mentee: BANELE KHOZA

Banele Khoza creates ghostly works in watercolour and sharper, yet still surreal, digital illustrations.  Though his images contain elements of escapism and fantasy, they speak to his own experiences – primarily in relation to identity issues and the way gender is presented and performed. Khoza is currently being mentored by acclaimed artist Colbert Mashile, who is mentoring him for is solo exhibition in March 2017.

Born in 1994, Khoza holds a BTech in Fine Arts (2015). He has participated in various group exhibitions and has been a finalist in various art competitions such as the Sasol New Signatures (2014), Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Award (2014), South Africa Taxi Foundation Award (2015) and the Barclays L'Atelier (2015).

He has also completed various commissions and projects, including an artwork for the Tshwane BRT A Re Yeng bus station (2015), a USA ambassadors residential mural drawing (2014) and an illustrated book cover for Edward Nkosi's The Bearer(2014).



Louis Olivier - mentored by Wilma Cruiz

Dirk Bahmann - mentored by Stephanus Rademeyer

Heidi Fourie - mentored by Frikkie Eksteen

Peter Mammes - mentored by Diane Victor