About ACSA

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

Core Values 

  1. Focus on the traditional Arabic Calligraphic scripts
  2. Practice high ethical standards
  3. Respect, protect and promote the Islamic calligraphic traditions

Strategy

  1. Recruit master calligraphers who specialise in the traditional scripts to mentor members.
  2. Develop further interest in calligraphy via its supporting book arts i.e ebru, tezhip zakharif (geometric or other design)

Our Goals 

  1. Establish a centre from which we will operate
  2. Offer Mentorship program for members
  3. Run Beginner courses, workshops and events to the general  public
  4. 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.
  5. Establish national and international networks with government or non-governmental organisations or institutions which share similar objectives i.e IRCICA
  6. Participate in local and international arena (calligraphy exhibitions, competitions)
  7. Arrange exchange programs and scholarships
  8. Develop a unique South African script