Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria to reopen on Heritage Day

This story is sponsored

The Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP) reopens on Heritage Day, Thursday  September 24 at 10am with a new, drive-through exhibition of South African sculpture.

The drive-through sculpture exhibition includes numerous beautiful and thought-provoking pieces by South African artists, including (but not limited to) works by Owen Ndou, Aziwimpheleli Magoro, Lucky Makamu and Azwifarwi Ragimana.

Javett-UP has collected 18 iconic sculpture pieces and has turned its basement parking area into a temporary gallery to exhibit them. This is a South African first and, says interim chief executive officer Dr Samuel Isaacs, Javett-UP looks forward to how people will respond to this innovation and to the sculpture pieces themselves.

Beautiful and thought-provoking

Shaping the Grain is curated by Gerard de Kamper, chief curator, ceramics and collections management at the University of Pretoria. It features numerous beautiful and thought-provoking pieces by South African artists, including (but not limited to) work by Owen Ndou, Aziwimpheleli Magoro, Lucky Makamu and Azwifarwi Ragimana. The pieces join those on exhibition in the art centre’s galleries, where the 101 Collecting Conversations: Signature Works of a Century; the Gold of Africa; and the All in a Day’s Eye exhibitions of modern South African art reopen after nearly six months of lockdown.

Membership packages

The art centre is also celebrating its reopening with the debut of three membership options that offer three different ways of joining the Javett-UP family. The membership packages — Purple Jacaranda, Silver Bridge and Gold of Africa — come with various benefits. Each grants members special access to Javett-UP; exclusive invitations to member-only events; member-only rates for hiring any of the Javett-UP’s wonderful venues; and guaranteed access to openings and workshops.

“Javett-UP is uniquely a home for the art of Africa: a place where people come to engage with, study and view the work of the artists of this continent. We not only acknowledge and celebrate African artists at Javett-UP, we also give their work a space where the narrative of this continent may unfold with integrity and authenticity,” says Isaacs.

Covid-19 protocols

Covid-19 protocols and protection measures are firmly in place for the Heritage Day reopening and will remain in place for as long as necessary. “Nothing matters more to us than the safety of visitors and staff, so every measure is being applied to keeping everybody in the art centre safe from the coronavirus,” assures Isaacs.

“We are in the business at Javett-UP of taking care of precious, beautiful things. We have brought exactly the same diligence to safeguarding the health of all in the art centre.”

To ensure social distancing, the number of people who will be permitted into the art centre is limited to 150 at a time. Entry is free on Heritage Day, so demand for spaces is bound to be high. Please refer to the Javett-UP website for more information on how social distancing will be implemented at the art centre and how to assure that you are permitted entry on Heritage Day: www.javettup.art.

“We are excited to be opening again,” Isaacs says. “We had our grand opening last year on Heritage Day, so it’s fitting that the art centre reopens after the Covid-19 lockdown on the same day this year.”

Javett-UP is at 23 Lynnwood Road, Pretoria. For more details, write to [email protected]

About Mail & Guardian Sponsored Stories

The Mail & Guardian’s sponsored stories are produced in association with paying partners. If you would like to speak to our team about producing and publishing high quality content on our site, please contact us at this email address.

Related stories

Your M&G

Hi , To manage your account please click here.

You can access your digital copy of this week’s paper here.

Advertising

Today's top stories

US fashion contaminates Africa’s water

Untreated effluent from textile factories in in Lesotho, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius and Madagascar pours into rivers, contaminating the water

Deep seabed mining a threat to Africa’s coral reefs

The deep oceans are a fragile final frontier, largely unknown and untouched but mining companies and governments — other than those in Africa — are eying its mineral riches

Komodo dragon faces extinction

The world’s largest monitor lizard has moved up the red list for threatened species, with fewer than 4 000 of the species left

DA says ANC’s implosion has thrown local government elections wide...

The DA launched its 37-page manifesto on a virtual platform under the banner “The DA gets things done”.
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

×