TLC - APS Bursary Fund Launches in Youth Month

“Understanding the world of scarcity that we are in”.

                                                                                              - William Kentridge


As we enter the harsh winter season which is also Youth Month, William Kentridge has once again gifted the TLC-APS Vulnerable Artists Campaign two remarkable prints that speak to the moment.


When asked what these works mean to him, he said, “It’s about an act of kindness, and our humanity - understanding the world of scarcity that we are in”.


The works by Kentridge are limited edition of signed digital prints derived from an original text from the Blue Rubrics series, painted on journal paper using pure lapis lazuli pigment.

The limited edition of 40 signed digital prints in each edition will each provide R15 000 bursaries to art students demonstrating financial need.

The works will be hand-signed by the artist and available for pre-order and purchase via Artist Proof Studio

The Vulnerable Artist Fund (VAF) aims to announce 60 bursary awards on June 30th.

Special prizes will also be issued for juried -selected -best applications (statements and artworks in response to the campaign)


APPLICATIONS are open until June 24th (Youth Month) the month of solidarity and commitment to the sacrifices of the youth towards a democratic future.

Artists can envision hope and aspiration for the world, but also require “a soft shoulder”.

The arts provide possibilities for a renewed and sustainable future and need support.

Many students suffer extreme despair and anxiety, some having lost family members or their anchors to stability and security.

Yet, South African youth are resilient and studying art allows them the agency visualise a different reality as a tool to shape hope for the future.

Many need a “soft shoulder” to help then through.

This campaign provides yet another example of how art creates agency - when an artwork, through an act of generosity and kindness, creates hope and opportunities for aspiring artists.

For Applications Requirements and to Apply please Click Here


  • The closing date for applications is the 24 June 2022.
  • Submissions will be assessed by a panel of objective adjudicators and all applicants will be notified of the outcomes by Thursday the 30th of June 2022.

More about the Vulnerable Artist Fund Bursaries contact:

June 03, 2022


Applications for the Printmaking Education Programme are now OPEN!

Learn printmaking from the printmaking experts and master printers at Artist Proof Studio. Our printmaking programmes are aimed at harnessing your creativity, challenging your potential and creative thinking through printmaking. You will learn how to effectively communicate your ideas and sharpen your creative thinking through the various printmaking techniques, drawing and conceptual studies.  

Artist Proof Studio has been subsidising young artists from different communities for over 30 years. Through fundraising and partnerships we have built over the years, we make it possible for our students to realise and pursue their dream of becoming professional artists.   

Learn more about our Printmaking Education Programme HERE

We encourage all prospective students to apply online before the closing date 21 October 2022

We've made our applications easy and accessible! 

You can now apply online from your phone or computer.

Apply at APS
𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝
➡ 3 Year Full-time Programme (3 days a week)
➡ 1 year Part-time Programme (Saturdays) 

𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐲?
✔ Anyone between the ages of 18 and 30.
✔ Anyone with Grade 10/11 or a Matric Certificate
✔ Anyone with a higher qualification 

➡ A working email and cell phone number
➡ 6 images of your work (drawings, paintings, sculptures etc)
➡ 1 page motivation letter

Acceptance into the printmaking programme is based primarily on talent and a willingness to learn. 

The fees indicated below account to 50% of the actual annual fees costs for a student to study at APS.  The Education Unit constantly seek scholarship funding through corporate and personal patronage to cover the other 50%. We subsidise all our students with materials and tools for them to produce work in the studio.

APS Education fee structure


Registration fee

R1 500

1st Year Programme

R22 000 p/a

2nd Year Programme

R27 000 p/a

3rd Year Programme

R27 000 p/a

Saturday Programme

R11 000 p/a

*Registration fee is payable for all accepted students before the beginning of the programme. Accepted students will receive a student pack with essential materials and tools upon the submission of the proof of payment. 

APS Sponsorship/Bursary

Please note that this bursary programme is not a given. The fund is awarded to students who show commitment to the programme and are in need of financial help. APS reserves the right to discontinue the bursary awarded to students who do not meet the requirements. Please note that the bursary does not cover accommodation expenses, lunch or stipend, it covers your tuition fees and depending on the funding we receive it may cover your transport fees.  

If you would like to apply for a bursary you will be required to submit the following documents.

  • Signed letter of motivation from student
  • A short biography of the student
  • Latest bank statement (three months) of student, parent/guardian to prove financial needs
  • Certified copy of ID student
  • Contact numbers
  • Proof of residence
June 01, 2022

Youth Power


For 30 years Artist Proof Studio has supported the development of committed, skilled, and professional artists who make meaningful contributions in our society through their art practice and engagement with community-based projects.

This vision is shared by many of our partners like Roast Republic who identify education as the standout social issue that has the ability to change the landscape of a country as well as a generation.

Join us in the month of June we celebrate young artists, we are selling a range of investment prints - some available on special offer every first and last Saturday of the month. Roast Republic on-site with the hot drinks to keep us warm! 

Featured Artists Include:

David Madlabane  |  Mandla Mavengere  |  Khosi Kunene  |  Simphiwe Dlamini  |  Amanda Motsegoa  |  Samantha Maseko  |  Cinthia Binene Sifa


June 01, 2021