Joburg Photo Umbrella
Open Call for Proposals 2014
Deadline:  Monday, 11 August 2014

The Joburg Photo Umbrella seeks photo-based project proposals for exhibitions and interventions that will present the work of photographers and artists who work with lens-based media. Proposed outcomes may take various forms, from pop-up exhibitions, participatory projects, talks, workshops, open studios, photo walks, publications, screenings and online projects.

Selected projects will form part of the Joburg Photo Umbrella programme and will be promoted on multiple platforms – included on a website, in a printed publication – and to the press and public.


  • 10 projects will be selected through an open call and targeted solicitation process.
  • Representatives from Market Photo Workshop, Photoworks and the British Council will make selections and will be advised by an external selection panel.

What we provide

  • R15 000 – R20 000 per call for the production or manifestation of a photographic project.
  • Marketing and promotion of project on several platforms

Proposal Requirements

  1. Details of organisation or individuals applying
  2. Project description including objectives (max 500 words)
  3. Proposed project space/venue – safety and accessibility to visitors
  4. Project schedule with milestones and implementation
  5. Project budget and quotations where applicable
  6. Declaration of additional funding and sources
  7. Curriculum Vitae of coordinator
  8. Two reference letters from an arts organization or community leader, with contact details.
  9. Examples of previous works (optional)

Submission Deadline
Monday, 11 August 2014.

We experience high traffic and occasional technical difficulties immediately before the deadline. To avoid this, please submit your application early.

Contact information
For queries or more information, contact Tiffany Mentoor
Include the subject line: “Joburg Photo Umbrella Open Call” 
(011) 834 1444

About the Joburg Photo Umbrella

The Joburg Photo Umbrella is an initiative of the Market Photo Workshop, the British Council (Connect ZA) and the Brighton Photo Biennial. Within this collaboration, a major photography commission has be issued between a South African and a British Photographer; bodies of work produced out of this commission would then be installed and displayed at the Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, for public access. The opening of this exhibition is scheduled for 8/9 November.

The project is part of SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015 which is partnership between the Department of Arts & Culture, South Africa and the British Council