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Current Exhibitions

View In the eye of the beholder In the eye of the beholder
07 October 2023 TO 15 June 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 Ubumbano Unite exhibition Ubumbano Unite exhibition
16 March 2024 TO 25 May 2024
Ubumbano/Unite Exhibition 

Artcollab studio and Keiskamma Art Project collaboration

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum is hosting a collaborative project and exhibition by the Keiskamma Art Project and Artcollab Studio.  The project brings attention through the voices of artists to the impact of Gender Based Violence in our society. 

In February 2021, the Artcollab studio partnered with the Keiskamma Art Project to produce a new body of work. This project brought five resident artists - Anelisa Nyongo, Nombulelo Paliso, Sanela Maxengana, Siya Maswana and Veronica Betani - from the Keiskamma Artists’ Collective, together with four visiting artists - Deborah Weber, Elgin Rust, Jolene Cartmill, and Luntu Vumazonke - from Artcollab studio on a week-long residency in Hamburg in the Eastern Cape. The artists identified Gender Based Violence (GBV) as a largely hidden and unaddressed social issue pertinent at the local village level, and deeply rooted within South African social life. The collaboration is based on first-person lived experiences and represents localised, rural experiences of GBV.

On 13th and 14th of March 2024, the Artcollab and Keiskamma Art Project facilitators ran a second workshop in Nelson Mandela Bay. Crafters were invited to make new works to add their voices to the exhibition.
Art pieces have been carefully selected from the permanent collection of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum to compliment the theme. The Keiskamma Rose Alter Piece will be on display alongside contemporary works by Nandipha Mntambo, Kimathi Mafafo, Ethna Frankenfeld and Chirstine Dixie that together speaks to the theme of a creative voice within the context of gender-based violence.

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