The Visual Art Symposium is a platform by the BlackMark: Collective Critical Thought, a group based in South Africa. The Symposium is envisaged to be a biannual gathering of artists, art historians, art writers and other creative practitioners. It is intended to provide a platform for conversations, feedback, support, peer-reviewing and constructive criticism on the writings of its participants, with an aim to ultimately publish material coming out of these gatherings. The idea of a symposium was in response to what Black Mark: Collective Critical Thought (BMCCT) recognised as a glaring lack of publishing by Black South African scholars, writers and practitioners in visual arts.
The Visual Art Symposium Emonti 2015 was the first iteration of the biannual gathering.