Nadja Daehnke is and was linked to Michaelis, and UCT, in numerous ways,
having obtained three degrees from this university (BAFA, MFA in Painting and
MAFA in Art History). Until end April 2013 she was also the curator of the Michaelis
Galleries on the Hiddingh Campus. Here she administered, project managed and
curated a number of exhibitions – an average of about 16 per year. Prior to this, she
was the Curator for Contemporary Painting and Sculpture at the Iziko South African
In her earlier career, Daehnke worked as an artist and taught Art History and Painting
on a part-time basis as numerous tertiary educational institutions, including UCT,
University of Stellenbosch and, most significantly at the Cape Town University of
Technology (then Cape Technikon). Here she helped to establish the Access
Bridging Course for the School of Design.
She is currently embarking on a new chapter in her life as an independent curator.
In a workshop on May 6, Daehnke will discuss her approach to curatorial proposals –
both in terms of the writing of, and the reading and evaluation of these.