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In the ArtbankSA Collection there are several acquisitions in the three principal painting media of oil paint, water colour and acrylic paint.In The rebirth of painting in the late twentieth century (2000, Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press), the American art critic, poet and Professor,Donald B. Kuspit, argues that painting remains the foremost medium of the visual arts, in terms of its potential for innovation and influence on other modes of art making, but also in terms of its sensual potential to effectively carry and express human condition and emotion.

In celebration of Women’s Day, the Art Bank of South Africa curated and presented We’ve been here, an exhibition of selected artworks by contemporary female artists from 1 to 31 August 2019. Women’s Day marks the anniversary of the Women’s March of 1956 when about 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the carrying of pass books.

The Steering Committee for the 2020 national conference of the SA Society for Cultural History (SASCH) that will be co-hosted by the National Museum, recently visited Clarens on a fact finding mission to inspect possible venues for the conference and meet with local organizers and community members in Clarens. The Basotho Cultural Village was also visited.

Prophetess Anna Mantsopa Makhetha was born in 1795 at a place called Likotsi or Ramakhetheng near present day Maseru. She is the daughter of Nkopane, elder brother of Makhetha, and Sesilane. The name she was given at birth is Koena-li-fule, which means “the crocodiles are feeding/ crocodile feed”.  When she was young she witnessed the horrors of famine caused by the Difaqane, which forced many people to turn to cannibalism and sadly this is how she lost her father.