IN: Inspiration


We find out what makes the dynamic woman behind the UJ Art Gallery's exhibitions excited about local talent.


Annali Cabano-Dempsey is the curator of the UJ Art Gallery. She holds a Master’s degree from the North West University, lives in Johannesburg, is married and mothers two grown up children and a menagerie of eccentric animals.

Please fill us in a bit on your background?

I am fortunate to have been involved in the creative industries in both a professional and personal capacity for most of my life. It is a rare privilege as a curator to encounter artists/writers/performers sensitive to the challenges of our time and to be surrounded by intellectuals, unconventional individuals and movers and shakers belonging to this unique tribe.


What is the professional achievement that you are most proud of to date?

The satisfaction derived from facilitating artistic endeavors is priceless. Artists thrive within a solid supportive structure where they are provided with an understanding of creative processes, logistics and administrative excellence, allowing them the freedom to meet their muse. I provide a bridge between the creative process and the final rendering of the resulting creation. Being exposed to this creative environment also serves as a motivation to develop my own inventive talents.

What excites and inspires you about South African creative talent?

Our artists generate energy (be it negative or positive) and do not show fear to voice their sentiments. They are finely tuned to the relationship between local events and the greater global consciousness.

Any advice for the PPC Imaginarium entrants?

Originality, knowledge of the medium, craftsmanship and pride in the finished product.

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