Iziko Summer School 2012: Thoughtful Reflections on our Art, History and Heritage.

  • Posted: Jan 23, 2012

Iziko Museums hosts its annual Summer School from 4-25 February 2012. Museums play an important role in collecting, conserving and connecting people to our cultural heritage. The Iziko Summer School creates a public platform for sharing perspectives, discussion and igniting the connections between our past, present and future. The theme: ‘Thoughtful reflections on our Art, History and Heritage’ was inspired by the ANC’s Centenary Celebrations, and provides an ideal opportunity to consider the role of heritage, history and art.

“The programme looks back on our struggles and achievements in the socio-political, historical, cultural, heritage, science and art fields. However, it also looks at current challenges facing us”, says Dr Wayne Alexander, Director of Education and Public Programmes at Iziko. The Iziko Summer School is open to all, and provides a space for reflection, engagement and life-long learning. The multifaceted programme caters for diverse interest groups and comprises of a series of workshops, events and activities.

Iziko Summer School 2012 kicks off with a Youth Climate Change Indaba on 4 February at 10:30 at the Iziko South African Museum. Young climate change champions will discuss and showcase solutions to climate problems facing our youth in South Africa. This initiative is led by the British Council Youth Empowerment project in partnership with the Khayelitsha Museum.

The 2011 World Press Photo Exhibition showcased at the Castle of Good Hope, from 26 January until 17 February 2012, is the springboard informing a series of Masterclasses, talks, walkabouts and discussions. Participants can look forward to thinking and talking about creating images with established photographers as part of Negotiating Reality: The photographic image in a virtual, conceptual and actual environment.

Explore the Wonderful World of Wasps with Dr Simon van Noort at the Iziko South African Museum on 8 February at 18:00. The talk showcases the fascinating biological interactions, fieldwork and research undertaken to discover and document the microscopic lives of this diverse group of insects.

Participants are spoilt for choice on 11 February. From 11:00, a free film festival at the Iziko South African Museum celebrates liberation stalwarts with the screening of the films Mandela: Free at Last, Walter Sisulu: Father of the Nation and Comrade Goldberg. 

Alternatively, delegates can put on their walking shoes and depart from the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum at 11:00 to discover the delights and delicacies of the culturally diverse Bo-Kaap community. (Fee: R50. Booking essential)

Wits palaeoanthropologist, Prof. Lee Berger launches the opening of the exhibition Australopithecus Sediba, with a public lecture at the Iziko South African Museum on 18 February at 11:00.  This new species of great ape (family Hominidae) described from fossils discovered by Berger and his son Matthew will be on exhibition at ISAM. The fossils were located in nearly 2-million-year-old deposits in the “Cradle of Humankind” World Heritage Site in Gauteng. In his lecture, Berger will introduce these ancient hominids, thought to be a link between australopithecine fossils like “Mrs Ples”, and the most ancient representatives of the genus Homo to which we Homo sapiens now belong.

Join Prof. Brian Warner for a self-drive weekend excursion to Sutherland from 25-26 February. Participants meet in the car park at Matjiesfontein, outside the coffee shop at noon and leave for Sutherland in convoy at 12:15. En route the group will stop for a short talk on the geology of the Karoo and a pit stop at the Sutherland Hotel before departing on a tour of the observatory. (Participants fee of R950. Booking essential)

Space on the walkabout and excursion is limited, and booking is essential. For more information, fee enquiries and bookings contact Sthembele Harmans on 021 481 3813/12 or email publicprogs@iziko.org.za 

Detailed programme information and registration forms are available on the Iziko website.  Log onto www.iziko.org.za
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EDITOR’S NOTES

Iziko Museums (Iziko) operates 12 national museums in Cape Town.  The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections which reflect our diverse African heritage.  Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation which brings together these twelve national museums under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, as well as unlimited free access to individuals aged 18 and under (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium).

COMMEMORATIVE DAYS – FREE ENTRANCE (excluding Iziko Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope)

  • Human Rights Day: 21 March
  • Freedom Day: 27 April
  • International Museum Day: 25 May
  • Africa Day: 25 May
  • Youth Day: 16 June
  • National Women’s Day: 9 August
  • Heritage Week: 22 – 28 September
  • National Aids Awareness Day: 1 December
  • Emancipation Day: 1 December
  • Day of Reconciliation: 16 December

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