The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) is an interdisciplinary institute in the University of Cape Town’s Humanities Faculty.

  • GIPCA facilitates new collaborative research projects, particularly in the Creative and Performing Arts.
  • Interdisciplinarity, Live Art and Public Spheres are key themes of the Institute, and projects are imbued with innovation, collaboration and a dialogue with urbanism and community.
  • GIPCA was launched in December 2008 with a grant from the Donald Gordon Foundation, and continues its work as a result of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
  • The Institute was launched as the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) on 5 April 2016.

“The legacy of separation and cultural isolation cannot be under-estimated, nor the pervasive lack of criticality with regards to inherited forms and ideas. The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts provides conceptual and physical space for testing these boundaries and creating possibilities for deconstructing and reforming seminal ideas that underscore creative education and creative practice.”

GIPCA Director: Associate Professor Jay Pather

Chair of the GIPCA Board: Professor Sakhela Buhlungu