Kizo Art Consultants is a Section 21 Non for Profit entity that was established in 2005 to project manage and promote projects and events in the South African, Arts, Culture and Heritage sectors. Kizo was officially launched by the then Minister of Arts, Culture and Tourism Narend Singh and the Mayor of Durban Obed Mlaba.
Since the launch, Kizo has been involved to some extent in a wide range of projects and activities across different genres within these sectors including: the visual arts, art and craft development, school art awareness programs, arts festivals, award ceremonies, theatrical productions, music, charitable projects and even publishing. During a 4 year period Kizo conceptualized and coordinated the highly successful Retail Art Development Program that raised in excess of R4 million in revenue with 100% of revenue and training going directly to hundreds of crafters from KwaZulu Natal.
Kizo has coordinated exhibitions at The United Nations in Geneva, the Philadelphia National Black Arts Festival, New York Art Expo, the United Kingdom, India, Italy and throughout South Africa. Kizo closed the Kizo Art Gallery in The Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga in 2011 in order to focus our attention on our core focus and not on the retailing of art from a gallery environment. This change in focus is already bearing fruit for the industry at large with Kizo’s conceptualization and upcoming launch of several exciting arts, culture and heritage related projects in the 2013/ 2014 period.
Kizo owes its success and our gratitude to the support shown by numerous entities and government departments in order to coordinate these and other projects including: The Department of Arts and Culture, The Department of Economic Development, The Office of the Premier KZN, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, The National Arts Council, Business Arts South Africa, the Business Supports and Market Unit, Tradepoint, The Department of Trade and Industry, The United Nations, The City of Johannesburg, The City of Durban, The City of Cardiff, FIFA, Aston Martin Lagonda (International), Rand Merchant Bank, Telkom, the Independent Newspapers, amongst numerous others.
The Kizo team is headed by managing director Craig Mark. Craig has over 25 years of experience in the South African arts, culture and heritage sectors. He is supported by his wife Barbra Mark who has more than 20 years experience in the South African arts, culture and heritage sectors.