Susan Glanville-Zini

Susan Glanville

Susan Glanville-Zini joined Iziko Museums of South Africa in late 2007, as head of Institutional Advancement.

An interest in innovative strategies for audience development, increased access, income generation and fundraising are central both to Susan’s work at Iziko and throughout her career prior to this. 

She holds a B.A. FA (Hons) from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (1987), a Diploma in Arts Marketing from IMM Graduate School of Marketing, Johannesburg (2000) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Advancement from Rhodes Business School, Cape Town (2013).

In her capacity as head of Institutional Advancement she is tasked to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organisation through fundraising and resource mobilisation, integrated marketing, communication and public relations, and strategizing on all matters relating to institutional development within the museum.

During  her  tenure she has contributed to:

  • repositioning the Iziko brand;
  • delivery of an innovative marketing and communication strategy;
  • the upgrade of the Iziko website;
  • activation of e-communication and social media;
  • improved revenue generation, donor income and relationship management;
  • and managed the  upgrade of foyers and signage at key Iziko museums.

Most recently, she has driven a major capital fundraising campaign to secure the substantial funding required to implement a digital upgrade of Iziko’s Planetarium as fulldome multipurpose facility.

Before entering the Heritage Sector and joining Iziko, Susan utilised her arts background and combination of creative, entrepreneurial and project management skills, in a number of successful endeavours. 

Notable achievements include founding ‘the project room’ in 1996, a consultancy geared to promote contemporary African art and culture. Although primarily focused on visual art, much of the work conducted under the Project Room banner was multi-disciplinary - with  projects as diverse as: Centre a one night event in the Carlton parking lot attracting over 1000 visitors and profiled on CNN;  the documentary series >seeing ourselves< broadcasted on local and international television channels; and a three-week programme of performances and events for national government  presenting over 90 performers from Africa.

Susan also worked in a senior capacity on both the 1995 and 1997 Johannesburg Biennales - an event that even decades later, is considered to be seminal to the development and recognition of African contemporary art practice.  

In 2003, she founded the Section 21 Company, the Cape Africa Platform (CAPE) and took on the ambitious task as CEO of this organization of building an African Biennale in Cape Town. Sponsored by the National Department of Art and Culture and other partners - CAPE's key project was to challenge biennale models and establish dialogue on the continent- as manifested in the Sessions E’kapa conference of 2005. CAPE was an important cultural catalyst and it is unfortunate the project foundered in 2008/9, after her resignation in late 2006.

Currently her primary professional focus is on adapting the Advancement Model to the needs of the South African heritage sector. Susan is uniquely qualified to pioneer advancement practice and models for sustainable public museums and other strategies that are catalysts for transformation and development of our museums. 


Director Research and Exhibitions


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