Build your art future

2015-10-06 06:00

The Spier Arts Academy, which offers employment-based training in professional mosaic and ceramics, is recruiting apprentices for next year.

This one-of-a-kind programme is geared towards equipping apprentices with the necessary skills, work experience and industry connections to run their own creative businesses after graduation.

Based in Cape Town, the three-year, full-time apprenticeship will be fully funded for successful applicants.

The mosaic studio is headed up by Irene Rizzin, a former Masters graduate of the renowned Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in Italy, while the ceramic studio is run by Karen Kotze, a ceramic artist whose work is included in collections across South Africa. Additionally, both courses include tuition in drawing, art history, applied theory and business skills.

Because training is employment-based, apprentices gain industry experience by working on real-world projects, which includes working against production deadlines, collaborating with high-calibre artists and learning professional art practices from them.

Apprentices are also exposed to the local art and culture scene through excursions to art studios, galleries, museums and the art library. The ultimate excursion takes the form of a cultural tour of Europe – awarded to third-year apprentices who perform consistently well.V

Applications close on Friday 30 October. Visit for application forms and more information.

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