About

Vaughn Sadie is an interdisciplinary artist and educator, living and working in Johannesburg. He completed his MFA in 2009 and is currently registered in the PhD Programme at the Urban Futures Centre at the Durban University of Technology. Since 2010, Vaughn has become increasingly interested in the role that artificial light has on our perception and construction of the spaces we occupy. In response he has worked collaboratively with Sello Pesa, Jay Pather and Neil Coppen on various projects, through site-specific work and participatory practice, to develop alternative ways of perceiving and engaging with a city.

Contact me at vaughnsadie@gmail.com

Educational Qualification
Durban Institute of Technology
Doctor of Philosophy: Management Science [Public Management] – Dilemmas and solutions for developing an effective management arrangement for ‘community’ driven public art: An exploration of Cosmo City. Current
Master’s Degree of Technology in Fine Arts – 2009 (Distinction)

Professional Experience
Public Art Programme Manager and Lead Researcher |Revolution Room, VANSA, Cosmo City, Johannesburg | 2013 – 2017
Public Art Project Manager | Two Thousand and Fourteen Ways of Being Here, VANSA, Johannesburg | 2014
Exhibition Designer | VANSA, SAHA, Curate.A.Space, SABC | 2010 – 2017
Project Manager | SAHA EXHIBITION PROGRAMME, SAHA, Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg |2012 – 2017
Project Manager | COP 17, VANSA, Durban | 2011
Senior Lecture | Vega |2006 – 2010
Course coordinator and Lecture | Imagination Lab, Durban |2004 – 2005

Relevant Projects (10 Years)
Revolution Room, VANSA, Cosmo City, Johannesburg | Community-led public art programme | 2013 – 2017 |
APPROACH: Cultural Production in a Social Context, KZNSA, Durban | Exploring creative participatory methodologies in social research | 2016
Remaking Place: Public Art Symposium |Reflections on the practice and discourse of Public art in South Africa| GIPCA, Cape Town, SA | 2013
Dundee : Living within History | Participatory public art project exploring local history | Dundee, KwaZulu Natal | 2011 – 2013

Relevant Public Discourse (10 Years)
(Participation, public art, cultural governance and heritage)
2017 – Participatory Governance in Culture: Exploring Practices, Theories and Policies. DO IT TOGETHER Conference | Rijeka, Croatia | Paper presentation
2017 – The 3RD International Public Art Researchers Network Meeting, Institute for Public Art (IPA), Shanghai, China | Paper presentation
2016 – APPROACH: Cultural Production in a Social Context, KZNSA, Durban | Curator, convener and panel moderator
2016 – Southern African City Studies Conference, Durban | Paper presentation
2016 – The 2ND International Public Art Researchers Network Meeting, Institute for Public Art (IPA), Shanghai, China | Paper presentation
2015 – Remaking Place: Public Art Symposium | GIPCA, Cape Town, SA | Programme convener and panel moderator
2014 – The 1ST International Public Art Researchers Network Meeting, Institute for Public Art (IPA), Shanghai, China | Paper presentation
2013 – Revolution Room Colloquium, Johannesburg | Programme convener and Paper presentation
2013 – Reflecting on Practice, Parking Gallery, Johannesburg | Paper presentation
2011 – Alternative Archiving, South African Museum Association, Eshowe | Paper presentation
2010 – Colour Colloquium, Rhodes University, Grahamstown | Paper presentation

Relevant Publications
Sari Middernacht, Molemo Moiloa, Patrick Mudekereza and Vaughn Sadie. 2017. Revolution Room. VANSA, Johannesburg.
Vaughn Sadie. 2017. ‘Cosmo City Knowledge Project’ in Revolution Room. VANSA, Johannesburg.
Vaughn Sadie. 2010. Arguments for light in Art South Africa. 9.1. Cape Town.
Vaughn Sadie. 2007. Dineo Bopape. Art South Africa. 5.1. Cape Town.

Artist and Curatorial Projects (10 Years)
Selected Curatorial Project
2016 – APPROACH: Cultural Production in a Social Context, KZNSA, Durban
2010 – Performing the streetlamp, The Bag Factory, Johannesburg
2010 – Conflicting Context, The Durban Art Gallery, Durban
2008 – Light Show, co-curated, Bank Gallery

Selected One person shows
2012 – Streetlights, Goethe on Main, Johannesburg
2010 – situation, AVA, Cape Town
2010 – untitled (sleep state), Main Street Life, Johannesburg
2009 – situation, Bank Gallery, Durban
2005 – Spill light, Young Artists Project, KZNSA Gallery, Durban

Selected Collaborations
2014 – Inhabitant with Sello Pesa and Ntsoana Contemporary Dance Theatre, SFMOMA in partnership with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), San Francisco, USA
2013 – Dundee : Living within History with Neil Coppen, Dundee, KwaZulu Natal
2012 – Mabele Mabele Habata with Sello Pesa, Brian Mtembu and Humphrey Maleka, MTN New Contemporaries, Cape Town
2012 – frequency, lumens, place with Dean Henning, Live Art, Cape Town
2012 – between with Sello Pesa, Jeppestown, Drama for life, Johannesburg
2011 – Teka Munyika with Sello Pesa, 1ST Johannesburg Public Art Conference
2011 – Inhabitant with Sello Pesa, iDANS 05, Istanbul
2011 – frequency, lumens, place with Dean Henning, The ABSA KKNK, Oudtshoorn
2011 – Dundee : Living within History with Neil Coppen, Dundee, KwaZulu Natal
2010 – frequency, lumens, place with Dean Henning, The Durban Art Gallery, Durban
2010 – Qaphela Ceaser, with Jay Pather, Cape Town
2010 – Body of Evidence, with Jay Pather, The Haag, Netherlands

Selected Group shows
2016 – Through Positive Eyes, Durban Art Gallery, Durban
2016 – Share/Cheat/Unite, Te Tuhi, Auckland, New Zealand
2014 – After 20 year, 20 Artists, KZNSA Gallery, Durban
2014 – Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, SFMOMA in partnership with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), San Francisco, USA
2012 – MTN New Contemporaries, Cape Town
2012 – Live Art, Cape Town
2012 – Infecting the City, Cape Town
2011 – VANSA Two Thousand and Ten Reasons to live in a Small Town, Goethe on Main, Johannesburg
2011 – Collaborations/Articulations, FADA Gallery, Johannesburg
2009 – Social Pattern, AVA, Cape Town

Awards
2017- Finalist in Africa Architecture Awards (Revolution Room)
2012 – Finalist in MTN New Contemporaries
2012 – Mail and Guardian Top 200 South Africans
2011 – Inhabitant was awarded iDANS Critical Endeavour Award in Istanbul

Public Commissions
2009 – Durban ICC ARENA, Durban

Public Collections
Durban Art Gallery

Facilitated Workshops
2017 – Institute for Creative Arts Light Workshops, Cape Town
2012 – Fair Play, with Hillbrow Theatre Project and Ntsoana Contemporary Dance Theatre, Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg
2012 – between, with Sello Pesa, Jeppestown, Drama for life, Johannesburg
2012 – PERMEABILITY, CIEA, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2012 – Streetlights, with Sello Pesa, Goethe on Main, Johannesburg
2012 – Wits Digital Arts School, Johannesburg
2012 – Inhabitant, with Sello Pesa, POP ART, Johannesburg
2011 – Drama for life, with Sello Pesa, Hillbrow Theatre, Johannesburg
2010 – Performing the streetlamp, The Bag Factory, Johannesburg
2009 – Spier Contemporary Performance Workshops. Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg
2008 – Spier Performing Arts Workshops, Cape Town