In addition to magazine publishing, DeskLink Media has edited and produced
several books in the arts a Culture environment in South Africa:
Loerie Awards Annuals: three volumes; Association of Marketers.
Creative Craft South Africa and Legends of South African Craft; for Zanele Mbeki.
Reflections: three volumes, Showcase of the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC).
Crafting New Pathways; Minister Dr Pallo Jordan.
Investing in Culture, six volumes; DAC.
Creates: The vibrancy of SA Culture, seven volumes; DAC.
South African Cultural Guide, World Cup Soccer; DAC.
Woman on Purpose, Resilience and Creativity of the Founding Women of Phumani Paper; University of Johannesburg.
Art of Business, The Rand Merchant Bank Corporate Art Collection; RMB.
Art of the War Horse, The Rand Merchant Bank Corporate Partnership; RMB.
25 years of Standard Bank Young Artists; Standard Bank.
30 years of Standard Bank Young Artists; Standard Bank.
Timeless Value, The Story of the South African Mint; SA Mint Company (Pty) Ltd.
The Lighter side of Life on Robben Island; Makana Investments.
Awards received by DeskLink Media:
Magazine Publishing Association South Africa:
MPASA Pica Award, 2001, Magazine Publishing Excellence, Entertainment and Arts.
MPASA Pica Award, 2001, Magazine Publishing Excellence, Best Magazine Entertainment and Arts.
MPASA Pica Award, 2005, Magazine Publishing Excellence, Entertainment and Arts.
MPASA Pica Award, 2009, Magazine Publishing Excellence, (Best cover, Nadine Gordimer)
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Award, 2005.
Celebration of Excellence in South African Arts, Culture and Creativity, Media.
Basa (Business and Arts) Award, 2006,
Celebrating business partnerships with the arts. ‘Young Women Artists Series 2006’.
Basa (Business and Arts) Award, 2011, Media Sponsorship, ‘Dance Umbrella’.
South African Mbokodo Award 2013 (to Lore Watterson),
This award is recognising the impact that the country’s women have had in the area of arts, culture and heritage. ‘Promotion of Arts in the Media’
Under the continued editorship of Lore Watterson, Creative Feel is the foremost publication reporting on the creative industries in South Africa and the world at large, Creative Feel has become a ‘go to source’ of information and inspiration for international cultural institutions and corporates. Due to the respected name in the industry, many artists have used Creative Feel as a springboard to greater things through our connection with corporate funders. Examples include Pretty Yende, Anthea Moys, John Vusi Mfupi, Pumeza and Gregory Maqoma, all of whom have been booked for corporate functions, concerts or received funding following a partnership with Creative Feel. Due to its presence in international embassies, cultural institutions such as the Goethe Institut and Institut Francais, and being in the hands of cultural attaches and consulate generals, Creative Feel has become a reliable way for these institutions to stay up-to-date with the South African arts and culture scene, as well as a means to identify young, upcoming artists.
As media partners to a wide range of high-profile events on the South African arts scene, Creative Feel has built a following among readers with an interest in and support of the creative industries. Due to the nature of these events, these readers include key decision makers in some of the top arts funders in the country. Examples include the Rand Merchant Bank Starlight Classics concerts, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz and Standard Bank Young Artists Awards, Full Moon (Vuyani Dance Company’s 15 year Celebration) and the Turbine Art Fair among others. Creative Feel is a platform for projects to grow legs and secure much-needed local and international exposure. Due to the role in the creative industries and the understanding of these, the focus is on the future of all the projects the team partners with – whether this be ensuring future coverage in the magazine as the project grows or assisting with contacts and funding where possible.