Tswela Pele: New Acquisitions of the Art Bank of South Africa

Exhibition:Tswela Pele: New Acquisitions of the Art Bank of South Africa
Venue:Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein
Opening: 19:00 on Thursday, 7 February 2019
Opening speaker: Nonto Sheryl Msomi, Project Manager of the Art Bank of South Africa
Informal Walkabout: 10:00 on Friday, 8 February 2019
Exhibition Duration:7 February – 10 March 2019

Oliewenhuis Art Museum is excited to host the annual Free State exhibition of the Art Bank of South Africa that showcases the best of South African contemporary art by emerging artists. Tswela Pele:  New Acquisitions of the Art Bank of South Africa features artworks selected and purchased from the over 200 submissions received for consideration in October 2018 by the Art Bank. The exhibition will be on show from 7 February 2019 until 10 March 2019 and will be opened by Nonto Sheryl Msomi, Project Manager of the Art Bank of South Africa at 19:00 on Thursday, 7 February 2019. A walkabout of the exhibition will take place at 10:00 on Friday, 8 February 2019. Attendance of the opening and walkabout is free of charge, no booking is required and all are welcome to join.

The Art Bank of South Africa is a national programme of the Department of Arts and Culture as part of the Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) strategy implementation and is hosted by the National Museum Bloemfontein, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture. The vision of the Art Bank is to promote, foster and stimulate a vibrant market for the collection of South African contemporary visual art.

The Art Bank of South Africa is tasked with purchasing artworks from South African artists, particularly that of emerging artists in order to lease and sell the artworks to South African government departments, private companies and private individuals.

The featured artists are Khulekani Cele, Alka Dass, Sibusiso Duma, Gary Frier, Victor Geduldt, Nicola Holgate, Laylaa Jacobs, Thalente, Takalani Ligege, Poloko Madikong, Morgan Mahape, Qhama Maswana, Lungisa Matbatuba, Nkosingiphile Mazibuko, Wonder Buhle Mbambo, Mondli Mbhele, Mothobi Mefane, Thato Motana, Thabo Motseki, Major Ndlovu, Minenkulu Ngoyi, Karla Nixon, Derrick Nxumalo, Taiwo Ohu, Zolile Phetshane, Sandile Radebe, Zwelinjani Radebe, Daniel Ramontseng, Lazarus Ramontseng, Kenneth Shandu, Vanessa Tembane, Lebo Thoka, Daniel Tladi and Luyanda Zindela

Art Bank of South Africa Mission:

  • Curating a definitive collection of contemporary South African visual art.
  • Promoting financial sustainability for the artists and Art Bank of South Africa through the leasing of art.
  • Nurturing emerging South African artists by expanding the market for their work and providing skills development opportunities.
  • Fostering an appreciation for contemporary art by making art accessible to the broader public in their workplaces and shared spaces.

Attendance of the opening and walkabout events are free of charge. Oliewenhuis Art Museum is located at 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein and is open to the public from Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 17:00, and on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays between 09:00 and 16:00.

For more information please contact Oliewenhuis Art Museum on 051 011 0525 (ext 200) or oliewen@nasmus.co.za. For more information on the Art Bank of South Africa, please contact Nathi Gumede on 051 447 9609 (ext 121) or artbank2@nasmus.co.za

Oliewenhuis Art Museum is excited to host the annual Free State exhibition of the Art Bank of South Africa that showcases the best of South African contemporary art by emerging artists. Tswela Pele:  New Acquisitions of the Art Bank of South Africa features artworks selected and purchased from the over 200 submissions received for consideration in October 2018 by the Art Bank.

Some images from the opening: