New Director for Arts Education

The Grahamstown Foundation is delighted to introduce Ingrid Wylde as the recently appointed Director of Arts Education, taking over from Neville Engelbrecht who left at the end of October.

Well known as the artistic director of Blue Sky Productions, a writer, director and a finalist of the PANSA/NLDTF  new writing 2013, Ingrid originally emerged as a passionate theatre arts graduate from Birmingham University in the mid 70s. She settled in South Africa with her equally passionate educationalist husband to build a successful career in teaching English and drama, initiating festivals and community arts projects, adjudicating in Eisteddfods and fostering a creative culture of teaching and learning in schools and communities across South Africa. She also furthered her theatre studies at Wits University obtaining a masters degree in 2004.

Ingrid is an accomplished theatre director and project manager. She took up the Arts Education Directorship early in November and is deeply into the planning stages of arts education programmes and activities for 2013 while completing current commitments in Mpumalanga.

The Foundation welcomes her to the role along with the opportunity to work with her in the development of South Africa’s creative industries at the entry level.

Ingrid says, “Developing new creative artists and audiences for South Africa, is something I am passionate about and I am really enjoying getting my teeth into this new job and looking forward to working with a great team”.

Ingrid Wylde can be contacted as follows:

Cell:                082 903 3966


Office:           046 603 1125 / 07

Arts Education enquiries can be directed to:

Neville Engelbrecht can be contacted on his Yahoo address.

About Schools Festival

The Grahamstown Foundation’s Arts Education Department runs several provincial festivals throughout South Africa. Festivals include the Sasol Schools Festival Series (Mpumalanga, Free State/Northern Cape, and Gauteng) for Grade Elevens and the Standard Bank National Schools Festival for Matrics. Our project serves to ignite a passion for South African arts and develop artists and arts consumers with a culture of ‘paying for the arts’. Self-expression and bridge-building between individuals and communities are focal points while platforms for performance encourage audiences to engage with the best South Africa has to offer encouraging emerging artists to discover and develop their own artistic skills. Some 6,000 participants benefit from these programmes nationally over the period of a year. The need is evident from the enormous demand by schools. Participants from across a wide economic divide get to literally ‘rub shoulders’ because the projects attract large numbers of participants from the most rural schools to the most wealthy. Opportunities to engage with diverse arts experiences is rare, as are opportunities for artistic performance and assessment. The festivals expose the youth to professional work and hands-on workshop experiences with artists. They also engage with intellectuals in lectures and demonstrations. Professionals are drawn from national experts committed to establishing a creative nurturing ground and a sustainable arts industry. Our Educational objectives are to supplement the often under-funded and under-resourced arts and culture components of school curricula recognised as essential to holistic education, by submerging learners in an intensive arts experience that is absent in schools. Further objectives are to expose learners to a range of genres, arts opportunities and career options while encouraging them to further explore opportunities in the arts.
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