Heritage week Collegian Talk

14 Sep 2019 - 16:00

For heritage week the CCA and Iziko National Gallery are hosting a debate that will consider some of the ethical concerns around collecting for public institutions.

Venue: Iziko South African National Gallery

Date: Friday 27 September 2019

Time: 13:00 


Globally, museums and other public cultural institutions such as universities are facing growing levels of public scrutiny and criticism about the ways in which they conduct their “business”. Locally we’ve seen colonial statues fall, artworks being burnt and exhibitions being problematized for their curatorial frameworks, lack of diversity and even the inclusion of an artist convicted of murder. Iziko South African National Gallery, in collaboration with the CCA’s  Collegian Talk series, wishes to reflect on whether artworks are separate from the artists, the ethical dilemmas with acquiring artworks for public institutions, and how these reflections can contribute to the strategic objectives of the country’s transformation agendas. More specifically, this public engagement will focus on collecting practices within public institutions, in order to highlight the various relations and power dynamics involved in the lives and movements of objects. A panel of leaders from public institutions will share their experiences and reflect on some of the contemporary debates and ethical dilemmas plaguing public collections. 


Guest speakers:

Nkule Mabaso - Michaelis Galleries Curator and UCT WOAC Member
Stephané Conradie - Stellenbosch Lecturer and Visual Redress Project 
Hayden Proud - Iziko South African National Gallery Curator and Acquisition Committee Member 
Chrischene Julius - District Six Museum Collections Manager
Prof. Ciraj Rassool: Moderator - Director if the African Programme in Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of the Western Cape 


RSVP: Amogelang Maledu, amaledu@iziko.org.za

Enquiries: Andrea Lewis at alewis@iziko.org.za and/or Lyndall Cain at lyndall.cain@uct.ac.za


Photo: Hidden Treasures taken by Nigel Pamplin © Iziko Museums of South Africa.