The University of Cape Town’s Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) facilitates new collaborative and interdisciplinary creative research projects across Faculty but particularly in the disciplines of Music, Dance, Fine Art, Drama, Creative Writing, Film and Media Studies. Interdisciplinarity is a key theme of the Institute and projects are imbued with innovation, collaboration and dialogue with urbanism and community. Projects bring together diverse entities: the various creative and performing art disciplines at UCT, as well as the University and City, training institutions and the profession. The Institute actively seeks partners both outside of the University and within it, in an effort to enrich the research and development of creative work and to make such work available to all communities.
GIPCA was launched in December 2008 with a substantial grant from Sir Donald Gordon, founder of Liberty Life. An Advisory Board comprising Heads of Departments of all Performing and Creative Arts departments at UCT helps to shape contexts for the instigation and development of projects of students and staff, as well as a wide range of institutions and individuals outside the University.
“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 practice across discipline and faculty.”
Associate Professor Jay Pather: GIPCA Director