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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Apprenticeship opportunities at the Spier Arts Academy

The Spier Arts Academy, which offers employment-based training in professional mosaic and ceramics, is recruiting apprentices for its 2016 intake. This one-of-a-kind programme is geared towards equipping apprentices with the necessary skills, work experiences and industry connections to run their own creative enterprises after graduation.

Specialist training by expert tutors

Based in Cape Town’s creative hub, the two - three year, full-time apprenticeship offers two areas of specialisation; namely mosaic art and ceramic art. These specialist art forms are taught by experts in the field: The mosaic studio is headed up by Irene Rizzin, a former Masters graduate from 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.
BAMM in the studio - Spier Arts Academy

Invaluable experience

Because training is employment-based, apprentices gain invaluable industry experience working on real-world projects - working against production deadlines, collaborating with high calibre artists and learning professional art practices by association. Apprentices are also exposed to the local art and culture scene, via 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.

Application forms are available on our website ( and can be returned by email, fax, post or hand delivered.

The application deadline is 1st September 2015.

About Spier Arts Academy

Located in Cape Town's Innovation District, the Spier Arts Academy offers employment-based training in professional mosaic and ceramics, providing teaching by the best local and international experts. The three year, full-time apprenticeships specialise in either Mosaic Art or Ceramic Art, but also include tuition in Drawing, Art History and Business Skills.

Under the direction of Yellowwoods Art, the Academy has produced architectural-scale mosaic artworks to critical acclaim; to date winning two BASA Awards and the BAMM Award in the UK. The Spier Arts Academy is also an official project of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.

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