Greatmore is the first arts and humanities research hub in the city for the University of the Western Cape.

By renovating a former derelict school building, UWC is taking a bold new step into the city, breaking through the spatial and intellectual circumscriptions of apartheid that had largely denied the university access to the city centre. Greatmore will house a Laboratory of Kinetic Objects (LoKO), in partnership with Handspring Puppet Company; a Documentary Film Training Programme, with Emmy Award Winner Francois Verster and Khalid Shamis; a Jazz, Sound, and New Media Programme, with Reza Khota; an International Research Hub to rethink the meaning of post-apartheid freedom; a Public Lecture Programme; and an Exhibition Space and Arts Incubator for its Artists in Residence Programme. Greatmore, supported through the DSI-NRF Flagship and the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), is envisioned as a nexus for youth mobility and an educational space for artists, scholars, and collaborators across urban and rural lines, as well as internationally.

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The CHR fellowship programme will continue in 2021 primarily through online platforms. Regulations permitting, the CHR plans to host limited live events in compliance with current COVID-19 protocols. Please follow our events page for updates about seminars, workshops, and arts events.

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