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As 2014 gets under way, Rooksana Omar, Chief Executive Officer of Iziko Museums of South Africa, looks at the highlights and achievements of year that was. 2013 was a successful and productive year for Iziko, despite the hurdles that face those whose work is the preservation and showcasing of South Africa’s heritage to the public, and the education of our current and future generations. She thanks our partners and sponsors who share in our achievements for their generosity, and looks forward to fostering continued support in the year ahead
The Friends of the South African National Gallery will host a 2-day workshop (with optional 1 day attendance) on the work and influence of SA artist and educator Kevin Atkinson on the 2nd and 9th of February from 10h00 to 13h00.
In honour of the memory and legacy of former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 – 2013)
Iziko Museums of South Africa will close the following museums on Sunday, 15 December 2013:
Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko), in collaboration with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF), will host a Youth Concert to commemorate World AIDS Day. The concert will take place at the Iziko South African Museum (ISAM), 25 Queen Victoria street, Cape Town from 12:00 (noon) on on 30 November 2013.
The Craft of Ubuntuan exhibition of cross-cultural design and craft will be hosted by Iziko Museums of South Africa, at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe, from 3 to 7 December 2013. The exhibition reveals the processes and conversations that have emerged from the work of London-based designer Sarah Rhodes, Cape Town-based Andile Dyalvane from Imiso Ceramics and the women crafters of Kunye as they explore collaboration through making.
Explorers have been collecting specimens and documenting the diversity of life for centuries. These records are distributed across varied and distinct natural history collections worldwide. An estimated three billion or more specimens are held in natural history collections around the world. Museums that house these collections have often been viewed as places filled with dark rows of dust covered taxidermy and weird pickled “things”, haunted by necromaniacs interested only in dead material. A view illustrated by a famous British politician who, upon his visit to a natural history museum in London, once asked “Why do we need all these bloody mice?”.
You’re invited! A day out with your family has never been more affordable. Our family ticket (2 adults + 2 kids) is discounted by *50% during local South African government school holidays. Enquire at reception.
The much-anticipated annual Iziko Summer School runs from1 February to 1 March 2014. Under the theme, ‘Museums & Democracy: Celebrating our 20 years of democracy’ Iziko’s popular programme will include public talks, interactive activities, exhibition walkabouts and film screenings. We look forward to welcoming you to our living classroom!
Upcoming and current exhibitions, planetarium shows, education and public programmes and events, and ‘friends’ activities currently on at Iziko Museums of South Africa.
On Heritage Day, 24 September 2013, Iziko Fossil Preparator, Zaituna Erasmus presented a hands-on workshop to demonstrate the skills involved in fossil preparation to museum visitors. Eager participants were given the opportunity to work on actual 250-million-year-old fossils, as they were carefully guided in uncovering these ancient reptile specimens. One of the visitors who attended the workshop commented on his experience on the day.
As a national flagship, the Iziko museums have a central role to play in making connections between people. Our collections hold heritage assets of the South African nationthat both record our rich history and tell our stories. We aim, through the display of our permanent collection and temporary exhibition programme, to create spaces to reflect, appreciate and learn from the challenges and achievements of the past and from each other. Embracing our interconnectedness through our collections mediates and permeates every aspect of what we do. As such, old and new collections occupy our museums, connecting the past and the present, and giving direction to the future.
Iziko Rust & Vreugd, one of the few surviving 18th century Cape homes, continues to be a popular wedding venue. The ornate colonial architecture, perfectly manicured lawns, beautiful garden and museum with centuries’ old paintings make it a truly unique setting. With ample parking and close proximity to the city centre, a bride has (almost) no excuses for being late on her wedding day. An added advantage is that couples get the majestic Table Mountain as a backdrop on their wedding day.