Social Transformation through Art and Activism in South Africa

Gain insight into social justice issues in South Africa through this virtual programme. Engage with local artists, activists and academics, to explore the capacity for art to respond to and influence change in South Africa.

Programme at a glance

When? 4 days. Tuesday 15th - Friday 18th June 2021 (up to 4 hours per day)
Where? Online. All sessions will be live with speakers and contributors in South Africa. 
Who? Open to all undergraduates in the Faculty of Arts.
How much? FREE. This programme is funded by Santander Bank. 
Application deadline: midnight on Sunday 16th May 2021

Contact us


Tel: +44 (0) 117 39 40205

Office hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Book an online appointment

What you'll be doing

Over 4 days of live sessions, you will explore how South Africa’s cultural diversity and distinctive social and political history has led to the development of a unique brand of artistic responses to the challenges it faces. Through various forms of expression (including music, dance, theater, fine art, and street art) art has been a voice to the voiceless and informed social transformation. During this programme you will gain insight into the historic and ongoing socio-political and cultural change in South Africa and the ways in which the arts respond to – and manifest – these changes. Working closely with local artists, activists, and academics, you will discuss the transformative and connective capacity of the arts and how they shape your own culture and identity. On completion of the programme, you will be awarded with a certificate of attendance that you can add to your CV to showcase your international experience to future employers.

Why choose this programme? 

  • Gain insight into issues of social justice in South Africa. 
  • Explore the role of art in social transformation.
  • Connect with artists, activists and academics in South Africa.
  • Engage in discussions around culture and identity.
  • Develop cross-cultural skills, greatly valued by employers.

Who is this programme for?

There are 50 places on this programme.

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a current undergraduate student studying in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Bristol 

We will select students based on the following priorities:

  • having a balance of students from all Schools within the Faculty of Arts
  • proritising students who meet Widening Participation criteria (outlined below)
  • having a balance of genders
  • prioritising students who are not on a Study Abroad course

Beyond the above priorities, places will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Widening Participation criteria

Home students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • recipient the University of Bristol Bursary, Access to Bristol Bursary or Bristol Scholars Bursary
  • BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) student
  • from an area of low progression to higher education, with a home postcode in quintile '1' or '2' on the POLAR4 checking tool
  • mature student
  • care-leaver or estranged student (you will need to be registered as estranged with Student Finance)
  • student living with a disability (you will need to registered with Disability Services)

An effort will be made to give priority to students meeting more than one of the above criteria.  


Applications are open and you can access the online application form below. The application form is hosted on the Santander Scholarships platform - you will need to register for an account

Application deadline: midnight Sunday 16th May 2021

Apply for the Social Transformation through Art and Activism in South Africa programme 

We will email you with the outcome of your application by Friday 21st May.  

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