The Arabic Calligraphers South Africa (ACSA) was founded informally in 2018 by a group of calligraphy enthusiasts. Members were originally participants of an 8 part workshop series on Arabic Calligraphy in the Naskh style run by Faheem Rhoda Jackson in Cape Town. A number of dedicated members have followed up the course with the 100-day calligraphy challenge, and through this exercise, a need arose to further develop a more comprehensive program for serious aspiring calligraphers. Since there is no guild for Arabic Calligraphy in South Africa, ACSA was born.
Vision: Revive the ancient art of Arabic calligraphy
Mission: To train up calligraphers to masters level
- Focus on the traditional Arabic Calligraphic scripts
- Practice high ethical standards
- Respect, protect and promote the Islamic calligraphic traditions
- Recruit master calligraphers who specialise in the traditional scripts to mentor members.
- Develop further interest in calligraphy via its supporting book arts i.e ebru, tezhip zakharif (geometric or other design)
- Establish a centre from which we will operate
- Offer Mentorship program for members
- Run Beginner courses, workshops and events to the general public
- Make Arabic calligraphy a viable option accessible to youth which is a calming and spiritually uplifting tool to balance their lives and as a coping mechanism for life’s stresses and strains.
- Establish national and international networks with government or non-governmental organisations or institutions which share similar objectives i.e IRCICA
- Participate in local and international arena (calligraphy exhibitions, competitions)
- Arrange exchange programs and scholarships
- Develop a unique South African script