The Basotho people were always known for their innovative and creative range of indigenous crafts. Traditionally the women produced various forms of clay pottery, while the men cleverly plaited grass baskets and hats. These objects were marketed to foreign visitors in Maseru and elsewhere across the border in South Africa.
WINNER Category A: Culna 77 – Nasional Museum, Bloemfontein
Congratulations to the CULNA Magazine editorial team for receiving the 2023 award for best design for a publication. The artwork for Volume 77 was done by Carien van Eck who is the Museum’s graphic designer. The Museum has an in-house award-winning Design Department.
What was everyday life like for Bloemfontein’s black people under apartheid? For young people, especially those born after 1994, it will be hard to imagine life under apartheid laws and regulations. Many elderly black residents of Bloemfontein’s old townships, especially Batho and Bochabela, still have vivid but unpleasant and often traumatic memories of a time in their lives when they were subjected to apartheid discrimination.
The National Museum is celebrating Youth Month 2023 with an array of activities. The Museum’s launched its annual Free State Young Artists Competition. Temporary exhibitions were on display at both National Museum and Oliewenhuis Art Museum.
The National Museum participated in the Youth Career Expo in Creative Industries which was held at PACOFS on 15 June 2023. Learners from schools in Mangaung and out of school youth participated in the career day. They had the opportunity to learn about different career opportunities within creative industries.