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RAQ Radio
Residency 14 April–30 June 2023
Process photograph from the RAQ Radio residency in A4's second-floor studio. At the front, the black and yellow RAQ Radio logo is pasted onto the transparent sliding doors. At the back is a long wooden table equipped with earphones, microphones, an audio mixer and turntable.
Process: RAQ Radio in residence, April 14, 2023–June 30, 2023. Image courtesy of A4 Arts Foundation.
Title RAQ Radio Dates 14 April–30 June 2023 Location Resident's Studio Tagline RAQ Radio asks Rarely Asked Questions of arts workers and practitioners in the ecology. Credits

Matthew Partridge

Tech, Streaming, and Audio Assistance:
Filipe Acafrao and James Morritt-Smith

Production Assistance:
Lily van Rensburg

Matthew Partridge hosts RAQ Radio – a live, hybrid programme of talk shows, music, performances, and on-the-ground reportage.

The station's acronym, which stands for Rarely Asked Questions, suggests an alternative enquiry into the local arts ecology and its processes. At the time of writing, the many invited practitioners to the show – who bring along a playlist of favourite tunes to share – have included Sean O'Toole, Sinazo Chiya, Penny Siopis, Derek Gripper, Kamil Hassim, Igshaan Adams, Erik Dippenaar, Hanna Noor Mahomed, Dada Khanyisa, Unathi Mkonto, Keely Shinners with Ben Albertyn, Carol Khaas, and Iñaki Bonillas, among others. A special artbook segment titled ‘Photobook Book Club’ with Daniel Malan has engaged book-makers, independent publishers, and artists such as Rory Bester, CJ Chandler, and Juan Orrantia.

RAQ launched during the time of Cape Town Art Fair, 2023, in A4’s studio, as a daily independent programming initiative engaging the community of arts workers that congregate in the city at the time of Fair. RAQ then joined A4 as a resident, streaming live on Fridays, 3–6pm. Since then, RAQ streams live from A4’s Gallery during exhibitions, or from the Library on special Saturday occasions, towards an ongoing and perhaps more permanent (but still flexible) arts radio programme.