In 2012 the National Arts Council awarded me a grant to help me complete my Art History Master’s degree at Hunter College in New York. Up to that point I had been unable to juggle working with the possibility of study and could not have afforded to even consider the workload of this degree without financial support. Thanks to the NAC grant I was able to complete my Masters in 3 years while working part time.
The grant gave me the space and time I needed to get the most out of the CUNY program. The opportunity to study in New York City proved invaluable to my practice as a curator and I continue to show South African artists, among others, internationally—however now with more knowledge of art history and a better understanding of the context in which we find ourselves today. I am forever grateful to the NAC for their confidence and support, and hope to pay it forward by showing artists from South Africa confidently and conscientiously.