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View Master beadwork exhibition Master beadwork exhibition
24 June 2023 TO 31 January 2024

The Red Location Art Gallery and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum invited professional experienced Beaders living in the Nelson Mandela Bay area to be part of a great initiative that focused on traditional Eastern Cape beads. 

Selection took place on the 4 May 2023 and the crafters were judged on the following criteria; the quality of workmanship, craft celebrating our heritage and culture, experience and innovation. 

A Master beading workshop was presented and the sessions included peer to peer learning, sharing of skills and knowledge, theoretical knowledge, demonstrations, talks by invited guests. 

Guest presenters included Nonongwe Celela, Amanda Qeqe presented on the contemporary in traditional beading, Steven Long’s presentation was on beading techniques and Inkozo yaKwaNtu presented on beading and cultural practice.

An overall programme facilitator, Phumla Matele, guided the sessions. All resources and materials were provided.

Participants produced  minimum of 2 beadwork pieces for an exhibition. Their first beadwork piece is a replicate of the City’s historical beadwork collection and the second piece is a contemporary piece that incorporated their own interpretation.

The 20 Participants were: Thandile Woji, Thotyiswa Mbatsha, Lungiswa Gqoba, Ncebakazi Xhuma, Nosipho Siko, Kholiswa Ziqula, Nonkumbuzo Jako, Namhla Macfarlane, Nomathemba Petshwa, Nokwayintombi (Nozuko) Willem, Nosimiselo Mbata, Priscilla Nomalizo Nopote, Nomasamariya (Samie) Mkotshana, Anita Lupuwana, Nwabisa Mnqumevu, Phumelela Citwa, Vuyo Mpondo-Hani, Sekiwe Calata, Nonkululeko Ngcivana and Zingisa Mhlekwa.

An exhibition opening for the master beadwork exhibition was held on the 24 June 2023. The Opening Speaker was Ndileka Qangule. Certificates were presented to the 20 participants.

View In the eye of the beholder In the eye of the beholder
07 October 2023 TO 31 January 2024

Public collections are important reflections of society and provide an opportunity for each generation to add their unique voices and viewpoints to an ongoing appreciation of art. 

The art collection of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality tells the story of art in the Eastern Cape and South Africa more broadly.  

The exhibition displays a selection of highlights of the South African and Eastern Cape art from the City's collection. 

View FRIENDS Highlights FRIENDS Highlights
26 October 2023 TO 24 January 2024

The Friends of the Art Museum is a Public Benefit organisation that has supported the Art Museum for over 50 years. One of the many ways that the Friends organisation supports the Art Museum is by raising funding for the purchases of new artworks for the collection. Highlights from Friends of the Art Museum donations will be selected for show.

The FRIENDS of the Art Museum take pride in Nelson Mandela Bay’s Visual Art Collection and are investing in its development, preservation and celebration. We welcome FRIENDS to join us in creating a vibrant arts, culture and heritage community in Nelson Mandela Bay.

The Friends purpose is to support the art museum and to purchase artworks for the collection. Your donation or annual subscription fee contributes to making the Friends a more resilient organisation. 

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