New Breed Art Competition
On the 21st of September, the first judging session to determine the finalists and exhibiting artists of the New Breed Art Competition 2021, was held at Oliewenhuis Art Museum. It was a tough task to whittle down the nearly 200 entries, but the judges did a supreme job in putting together a brilliant exhibition. The big reveal of who are all in line to win this year’s prizes will be made shortly. The exhibition opening takes place on Tuesday 5 October.
Oliewenhuis Art Museum and the National Museum, Bloemfontein organised and hosted a living heritage event titled “The Art of Storytelling” in celebration of Heritage Day.The event focused on the use of art as a tool for storytelling. Visual art and storytelling are important aspects of South Africa’s living heritage. 35 learners from the Tswellang Special Needs School in Bochabela participated in the event. The group of Grade 7, 8 and 9 school learners were taught how to use art and creative expression as tools to construct a unique story.
Image: Ndebele artist, Ester Mahlangu, at her solo exhibition ‘Timeless’ at Oliewenhuis Art Museum.
This Heritage Month the National Museum showcased on our virtual platforms some of the traditional clothing worn by South Africans in order to celebrate our cultural diversity
Oliewenhuis Art Museum and Art Bank of South Africa (ArtBankSA) celebrating the success of their Presidential Employment Stimulus Programmes (PESP) with an exhibition showcasing a selection of artworks from the ArtBankSA Banking with Art – Connecting Lives Art Bank Commissioning Programme and images of murals created for the Public Arts Programme – Towards a People’s Culture.
Dr Michael Bates continues to serve as a member of the Skink Specialist Group, part of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Commission. Michael was a co-author of the group’s first publication, led by Prof. David Chapple, titled ‘Conservation status of the world’s skinks (Scincidae): Taxonomic and geographic patterns in extinction risk’.