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Not the Usual Suspects on show

  • Oct 26, 2018

Not the Usual Suspects, a survey of the Market Photo Workshop (MPW), recently opened at the Iziko South African National Gallery, and runs until 21 April 2019. The exhibition, a tribute to the Market Photo Workshop showcases more than 100 artworks by more than thirty artists.  Curated by Iziko Curator and MPW graduate, Ingrid Masondo, this collaborative project brings together the histories and archives of the MPW in dialogue with the private archives and memories of “alumni”.


Under Cover of Darkness: Women in servitude in the Cape colony

  • Sep 21, 2018

‘Under Cover of Darkness’, an exhibition, in partnership with the Centre for Curating the Archive at the University of Cape Town, opened at the Iziko Slave Lodge on 25 September 2018.  Curated by Carine Zaayman and produced by Josie Grindrod,the exhibition brings to light the many untold stories of women forced into slavery and oppressive labour under colonialism.


FESTIVAL of Heritage at Iziko Museums of South Africa

  • Sep 7, 2018

Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko), in partnership with the HCI Foundation will host the annual in_herit FESTIVAL – a dynamic cultural programme, from the 24 until the 30 of September 2018. The week-long celebration will comprise of a series of walkabouts, guided tours, an exhibition opening, events, and Museum Night V&A. 


ICA at Iziko Museums of South Africa

  • Sep 3, 2018

Iziko Museums of South Africa will host several ICA Live Art festival 2018 events, on the 6th, 7th and 12th September 2018. The partnership with the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) will create opportunities of exploration to the museums. This interdisciplinary festival is designed to challenge and extend the public’s experience of live art in a non-commercial environment and render the work of visual and performing artists more accessible.


The People’s Art

  • Aug 13, 2018

Iziko Museums of South Africa in partnership with Orms launched the People’s Project, on Women’s Day, 9 August. The project seeks to promote art by women artists, as well as to make art more accessible to the public, beyond the confines of the Gallery space.  Orms will showcase inspirational South African women artists work from the permanent collections of the Iziko South African National Gallery. 


Bruce Arnott tribute for posting on Iziko facebook page.

  • Jul 24, 2018

Professor Bruce Arnott (born 1938), who has just died in Cape Town, was a key figure in the history of the Iziko South African National Gallery and an influential sculptor who made an impression on generations of students at UCT’s Michaelis School of Fine Art. After obtaining a Fine Art degree there in 1960, he wrote a Masters dissertation on South African sculpture and joined the staff of the Iziko SA National Gallery in 1962, becoming Assistant Director in 1970.


Creating Mandela Centenary Conversations

  • Jul 19, 2018

Iziko Museums of South Africa commemorated International Mandela Day, with the launch of:  “Tata Madiba:  Father of our democracy, Father of our Nation,” at the Iziko South African Museum. The exhibition brings together objects, specimens and artworks to stimulate conversation about Madiba’s life, struggles and legacy.


Print Promises

  • Jun 29, 2018

It is through the lens of the artists’ mastery of printmaking and their strikingly distinctive styles that Iziko Museums of South Africa proudly presents Print Promises at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG).  The exhibition bears witness to the visual richness of printmaking in South Africa and worldwide.  A small and eclectic selection from over 3000 prints in ISANG’s collection is on display, representing all the major printmaking techniques.


Set Sail on Museum Night V&A

  • Jun 20, 2018

The V&A Waterfront precinct will come alive on 28th June 2018 for Museum Night. The popular initiative encompasses a diverse selection of activities, from music, history and art to delicious cuisine.  Set sail to the Iziko Maritime Centre at the Union-Castle House, Dock Road and gain free entry from 5-10pm.


Bust the boredom blues this holiday!

  • Jun 20, 2018

THERE is no space for the boredom blues at Iziko Museums of South Africa. Iziko’s holiday programme is bursting with exciting activities for all ages. The museums provide enthralling experiences for all. 


Youth Day 16th June:  Celebrating courage and humanity

  • Jun 15, 2018

On Saturday 16th June 2018 Iziko Museums of South Africa commemorates Youth Day and offers *FREE entry to selected Iziko museums. The future of South Africa, and the world, depends on the youth of today. Iziko honours and recognises the contributions of young people as catalyst of change, ambassadors for equality and peacemakers.


Museum connections at Iziko on International Museums Day

  • May 15, 2018

Iziko Museums of South Africa will celebrate International Museum Day (IMD) with the rest of the world on 18 May 2018. Iziko’s International Museum Day programme runs from 14-18 May 2018 comprising of a diverse range of educational and interactive activities.