Julia Rosa Clark is the coordinator and curriculum developer of the Contemporary Art Degree programme at Creative Academy. She has practiced and exhibited as an artist, designer and curator. Her personal artistic practice critiques contemporary cultural consumption, value and the fallout of late capitalism via explorations of found objects, collage, sculpture and installation. She has worked for many years as a teacher and lecturer in various disciplines, including Painting, Art History & Discourse, Printmaking, Curatorial Practice, Graphic Design, Drawing and general practice on multiple educational levels from primary to masters, and at a number of institutions.
Clayton is the Programme Coordinator of BA Communication Design and Senior Lecturer in Communication Design at the Creative Academy. He is serving on the Academic Committee, contributing to Curricula Design and the marketing and recruitment of the Academy.
Rowan Smith is a practicing artist and educator. His work takes the form of a multidisciplinary semiotic investigation into the ways in which cultural signs and signifiers can be read as artefacts. He examines how the meaning embedded in these artefacts fluctuates (and frequently deteriorates) in relation to ever-shifting sociopolitical contexts, often assuming a self-critical position which responds to his locality. Most recently, Smith has focussed this lens on the complexities and contradictions of post-apartheid South Africa in terms of class, capitalist economy, nationalism, globalisation and the relationship between the pervasive legacy of the past and the undefined present. He examines these concepts through acts of appropriation, defacement, destruction and reparation. By visualising the destruction of a society in this way, he intends to highlight the flaws embedded in its underlying structures that they may be acknowledged and confronted. Crucially, the physical materiality of the works is as important to his investigation as the concepts informing them; the two work in tandem in order to extrapolate the themes inherent to the artwork.
Wiehan is a Senior Lecturer in Communication Design and Illustration at the Creative Academy.
• SABS Design Achievers Awards finalists 2009, 2008, 2007
• DMA Assegai Awards winners 2009, 2008
• MCC Packaging Competition 3 finalists 2019,
5 finalists and 1 Bronze 2018
• Loerie Awards 6 finalists 2020, 2 finalists and
1 Bronze 2009
• Pendoring Awards 2 finalists and 1 Bronze 2020
Mitchell Gilbert Messina is a practising artist who makes videos, and talks about making paintings. His work looks at how we read images, make meaning, tell jokes and think through thoughts. As an educator in the Contemporary Art Degree programme at Creative Academy he teaches several courses that attempt to approach the art object and its production from a variety of angles - through creative and ekphrastic writing, through mimicking the visual languages of documentation, through moving image and sculpting with time, through mocking up and breaking down, and through exhaustively brainstorming the uses of objects until they break through their own utility and become art objects. He is known to talk.
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