(Including the Centre for Curating the Archive, CCA)
Director and Head of School: Associate Professor Stephen Inggs
The Michaelis School of Fine Art is primarily involved in research in the field of fine art and the discourses of art. The School has a strong research and exhibition profile with all staff participating in both local and foreign exhibitions. These include exhibitions curated along various themes, major international biennales, as well as individual one-person shows. There is an emphasis on the scholarly and creative interpretation and intellectualisation of artwork. This is reflected in catalogue publications, artists' books and journal articles including Artworks in Progress, a journal published by the School. Staff are regularly invited to comment on issues relating to fine arts practice and write review essays in exhibition catalogues.
The School houses the Centre for Curating the Archive, a multidisciplinary research centre focussed on digital archives their exhibition and publication, directed by Pippa Skotnes. The CCA incorporates LLAREC (Lucy Lloyd Archive, Resource and Exhibition Centre) and the Katrine Harries Print Cabinet which publishes artists books and curates the Universitys print collection. LLAREC also initiated an inter-departmental social responsibility project which runs from the UCT field station in Clanwilliam each year.
The major postgraduate degrees offered at the School include the PhD, Master of Fine Art and Master of Arts in Fine Art, where students work in both new and traditional fine art disciplines.