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Save SA’s Three Artists’ Residencies at The Cité, Paris

“Even breathing the air in Paris changed my life. It changed the way I think, and it changed my work” – Marina Louw (South African Cité resident).

The South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA) is a non-profit organisation that administers three residency studio spaces at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France, for the benefit of all its members. It has been a much-needed inspiration for South African artists since the 1980s.

These studios need to be renovated for the first time in 40 years, and these renovations should last for the next 40 years.

The upgrades are mandatory, and if renovations are not done, the studios need to permanently be returned to the Cité, and they will be lost to South African artists forever.

A French company must undertake all restoration and renovation to adhere to safety legislation and labour compliance.

SANAVA is obliged to raise a total of R3.6 million by June 2022 for the restoration and renovation of the three studios, of which R1.5 million needs to be raised by the end of 2021 so that renovation can proceed according to the program of the Cité.