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Readers of this column have been introduced to some of the associations, alliances and collectives established over the past year to try to mitigate the ravaging effects of Covid-19 and state ineptitude on the SA arts sector. The crisis has also exposed various existing representative and advocacy bodies for artists as largely ineffectual.

In this context, it is indeed worth celebrating an artist-driven organisation that can boast both success and longevity. Such an entity is the Association for Visual Arts (AVA), which has now occupied its premises on Church Street in Cape Town for five decades.  ..

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