Wikipedia Workshops

Art on our Mind will continue running Wikipedia workshops this year. We aim to broaden the number of Wikipedia entries presenting women-of-colour artists from different elds of creative and cultural production.

The workshops will train skills for beginners, so everyone is welcome. Each workshop will be facilitated by experienced Wikipedia editors or representatives of Wikimedia South Africa. For those who are interested and can’t join the meetings, or are inter- ested to participate online, online tutorials will be made available.

The workshops aim to enable participants to upload new articles or to expand on existing entries. Please bring your laptop and identify an artist or group whose entry you want to create or expand (individually or in group work). We will work online, editing and creating entries in your sandbox. 

The workshops will draw from research generated by the Art on our Mind research project (see: So far, we have identified a number of artists/creatives for our group to create entries on Wikipedia, the (preliminary) list includes:

  • Helen Sebidi – online at:
  • Senzeni Marasela
  • Shelley Barry
  • Lebohang Kganye
  • Zama Dunywa
  • Pumla Dineo Gqola
  • Daniella Zama Dunywa
  • Gabi Ngcobo
  • Gabisile Nkosi
  • Lallitha Jawahirilal
  • Sophie Peters
  • Donna Kukama
  • Buhlebezwe Siwani
  • Thenjiwe-Niki Nkosi
  • Bongiwe Dhlomo-Mautloa

More information about the workshops here: AOOM Wikipedia Workshops

The workshops will pause for the winter vacation at universities and will resume in July, upcoming dates are:

Tuesday, 6 August, 15-17h at Wits Writing Centre seminar room.

Tuesday, 16 July, 15-17h at Wits Writing Centre seminar room.

A list with past dates and what was covered will appear here:

Tuesday, 21 May, 15-17h at Wits Writing Centre seminar room.

Tuesday, 30 April, 15-17h at Wits Writing Centre seminar room.

Tuesday, 9 April, 15-17h at Wits Writing Centre seminar room. Facilitator: Bobby Shabangu.

Tuesday, 5 March, 14-17h at Wits Writing Centre seminar room. Facilitator: Dumisani Ndubane.

Please email Fouad Asfour for more information.

Decolonial AestheSis Creative Lab

The Art on our Mind experimental lab was facilitated by Prof Bhekizizwe Peterson (South African literature scholar and screen writer); Jon Alpert (American journalist and documentary filmmaker); Laura Andel (Argentine composer ); Vibha Galhotra (Indian visual artist); Sharlene Khan (visual artist) and Fouad Asfour (art writer and editor).
8-14 July  2018
School of Fine Arts  |   Somerset Street
Grahamstown, South Africa

More information below and on the DACL blog.

Continue reading “Decolonial AestheSis Creative Lab”

Black Feminist Killjoy Reading Group

The Black Feminist Killjoy Reading Group is run by Dr Sharlene Khan and the Art on our Mind research group. If you are interested in exploring fictional and non-fictional cultural practices of women killjoys of colour from around the globe – in order to think through our own lives – this reading group is for you.

Friends from outside of the department and field are most welcome.

Art on our Mind was located at Rhodes University from 2016-18, and moved to the Wits School of Art in 2019. The Reading Group will continue in both venues, please contact Prof Sharlene Khan for Joburg Reading Group meetings, or Zodwa Tutani, Viwe Madinda or Jodie Pather for meetings in Makhanda.


Afems 2018

From 27-29 September 2018, Art on our Mind hosted the African Feminisms Conference (Afems), which featureed a retrospective of South African documentary filmmaker Shelley Barry, and the South African cuators’ conversation Curating as World-Making.

African Feminisms (Afems) Conference 2018

‘The Mute Always Speak’: (Re) imagining and re-imaging feminist futures

Hosted by Rhodes University Department of Literary Studies in English and Department of Fine Arts

Keynote Speakers: Dr Nthabiseng Motsemme, Dr Siphokazi Magadla, Prof Gabeba Baderoon, Ms Shelley Barry

Find more information here:

Started in 2017, the African Feminisms Conference (Afems) is an annual African feminist-centred dialogue and creative expression space, encouraging intellectual engagement and social networking. Afems provides a collaborative research platform for students and established scholars in Fine Arts and Literary Studies in English through the lens of African feminism.

Follow on and twitter @afems18