From 11 February until 30 April visitors to the historic town of Stellenbosch will have the rare chance to see some of the best contemporary art from across the African continent absolutely free of charge.
The Stellenbosch Triennale is an exciting event, unlike anything seen before in the Western Cape, that features over 50 carefully selected top African artists coming together to showcase their work in a variety of exhibitions which are housed in venues throughout the town. Access to all of the exhibitions is free – making it accessible to anyone and everyone.
The big names come together
The twenty major Contemporary African Artists who will exhibit as part of The Curators Exhibition, to be housed in The Woodmill and surrounding precinct, include:
Bronwyn Katz, (South Africa), Donna Kukama, (South Africa), Euridice Kala aka Zaituna Kala, (Mozambique), Hellen Nabukenya, Kampala (Uganda), Ibrahim Mahama, (Ghana), Igshaan Adams, (South Africa), Kaloki Nyamai, (Kenya), Kelvin Haizel, (Ghana), Kivu Ruhorahoza (Rwanda), Mongezi Ncaphayi, (South Africa), Nástio Mosquito (Angola), Patrick Bongoy, (DR Congo), Reshma Chhiba, (South Africa), Ronald Muchatuta (Zimbabwe), Sethembile Msezane, (South Africa), Stacey Gillian Abe, Kampala (Uganda), Tracey Naa Koshie Thompson (Ghana), Victor Ehikhamenor, (Nigeria), Wura-Natasha Ogunji, (Nigeria), and Zyma Amien, (South Africa).
All of these artists are internationally renown, with their work being housed in museums, curated into biennials, and found in important private collections around the world.
Emerging artists showcased
In addition to The Curators Exhibition, ten to-be-watched emerging artists and art collectives have been selected to take part in an exciting exhibition entitled “On The Cusp”, which is a core part of the Triennale and will be housed at Distell’s Libertas Parva (Little Libertas), in Dorp Street in Stellenbosch.
These artists include Aaron Samuel Mulenga (Zambia), Agnes Waruguru (Kenya), Asafo Black Artist Collective (Ghana), Canon Rumanzi (Uganda), Indira Mateta (Angola), Lazaro Samuel (Tanzania), Malebona Maphutse (South Africa), Simnikiwe Buhlungu (South Africa), and Valerie Fab-Uche (Nigeria).
Performance arts on offer to visitors
Added to the visual art on offer, visitors to the Stellenbosch Triennale 2020 can also look forward to a performance programme – “Embodied” – that includes music, film and theatre, as well as talks and presentations.
The remarkable collection of artistic talents featured at the Stellenbosch Triennale 2020 will bring together a range of artistic mediums and genres in an event designed to create, play, imagine, heal and inspire. Curated by Khanyisile Mbongwa (The Curators’ Exhibition) with co-curator Bernard Akoi-Jackson (On The Cusp), the Stellenbosch Triennale 2020 is the brainchild of the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust, a privately funded NPO established in 2012 with the mission to bring contemporary art and art experiences to a broad audience through free public exhibitions. The theme for the Stellenbosch Triennale 2020 is “Tomorrow there will be more of us”.
Stellenbosch is internationally renowned for its natural beauty, history, culture, wine and educational institutions which have made it one of South Africa’s premier destinations. Now this historic town will be re-born as a creative city.
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