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The finalists of the MTN New Contemporaries Award 2012 were announced today, 07 November 2012. The Award is a biennial competition managed by the MTN SA Foundation designed to identify and promote young artists who have not yet received critical acclaim, but who are positioned to be the next leaders in the contemporary art sector.
The Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art 2012 has been awarded to Mikhael Subotzky. Entitled Retinal Shift, the exhibition will centre on a four-channel film installation which has been produced specifically for the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. Further photographic, video and installation works will complete the exhibition. The exhibition presenting an entirely new body of work will open at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 29 November 2012.
The Permanent Collection of the Iziko South African National Gallery has grown in size and stature over a period of more than 140 years. The collection provides insight into the diversity of visual production from historical European to traditional and contemporary African and South African art, revealing shifts in emphasis over time.
Two years ago, the South African Post Office released a series of stamps featuring artworks executed in traditional African beadwork. The original beadwork pieces selected and the newly issued stamps can be seen in the exhibition entitled The 8th Definitive Series of Stamps: The luminous beauty of South African beadwork on Stamps at the Iziko South African National Gallery until 11 November 2012
The Annex Residency Programme, a new initiative working in partnership with Iziko Museums of South Africa’s Education & Public Programmes and Art Collections departments, as well as the Goethe Institut, South Africa, is pleased to welcome artists in residence Bettina Wind and Alexandra Ferreira. The artist duo who go by the name of windferreira, will conduct an artistic research project which starts with some historical South African film work and photography. During the month of October 2012, windferreira will develop their project, exchanging with researchers and practitioners based in Cape Town. A final presentation of their work will be made in early November 2012.
‘See things differently’, gain fresh perspectives and celebrate our diverse cultural heritage. Iziko Museums has partnered with the City of Cape Town, Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA); St George’s Cathedral’s Crypt Memory and Witness Centre; Creative Cape Town and the Company’s Garden to host the in_herit Festival. An exciting and entertaining heritage week programme, of art, food, and fun – a platform to celebrate, question, think and create.
The Iziko Art Collections Department holds in trust a collection of historical, modern and contemporary works of art that is both South African and international in origin. This diverse collection consists of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, conceptual art, new-media works and the material culture of Southern Africa.
The Annex Residency Programme, a new initiative working in partnership with Iziko Museums’ Education & Public Programmes and Art Collections departments, as well as international funding bodies, is pleased to invite you to a public presentation by artist in residence, Emilio Moreno (Spain, 1980). On Saturday, 1 September, 2012 at 14.00 at the South African National Gallery, Emilio Moreno will present elements of his artistic practice and the research produced during his stay in South Africa (from July-August, 2012).
Ernest Mancoba, painter and sculptor, was born in South Africa in 1904 and died in Paris in 2002. He left for Paris in 1938 and returned for the first time 56 years later in 1994. Although he spent 64 years living outside of South Africa, he drew deeply on South African visual arts and heritage as references in his work.
Art doesn’t happened in isolation. It seems obvious but it bears repeating. The Annex Residency Programme is therefore focused on forming unlikely connections between places, people and approaches through artistic practice. Working closely with Iziko Museum Education & Public Programming and Art Collections, as well as international funding bodies, the Annex Residency Programme invites young artists from both international and South African locales to Cape Town for a period of six weeks. During this time, resident guests may conduct a creative research with the programme’s curator, Clare Butcher, and a growing community of collaborators.
‘Uncontained: opening the Community Arts Project archive’ runs at the Iziko South African National Gallery from 16 August – 30 September 2012. The exhibition is curated by the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) at UWC, a major research platform dedicated to the reconstitution of the study of the humanities in Africa.
Iziko Museums has a jam-packed programme for national Women’s Day and promises visitors a contemplative and reflective experience. The day long programme includes the screening of documentaries celebrating the achievements of women and also highlighting some of their struggles and challenges.