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Virtual exhibition program

01 July 2020 - 31 December 2021
Virtual exhibition program

During the lockdown, we produced a series of virtual exhibitions to showcase our lockdown exhibitions. 


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Selected works from the Art Museum's permanent collection, take the viewer on unique journeys through the past and present, both real and imaginary. 

Keith Dietrich retraces colonial and precolonial trade routes through the giant watercolor paintings while Andrietta Wentzel’s twelve sculptural totems invite us all to take the journey of the hero. 

Natasha Bezuidenhout’s large-scale ceramic installation is a memory of a life-changing journey made during her childhood while Berni Searle’s video brings attention to the plight of African refugees who risked their lives to get to the Canary Islands in the hope of a better life in Europe.


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This top Eastern Cape craft exhibition and competition, supports the development of top export quality craft from a diverse range of disciplines. This competition and exhibition is designed to promote excellence in our local craft market.

This year 98 crafters and 349 items were selected from around the Eastern Cape to be included on the exhibition.

The four top winners for the 2020 Lithuba Lakho craft competition in the categories: Homeware, Contemporary Accessories, Apparel and Traditional Accessories are Ludwe Mgolombane (Bumba Art) for his for his ceramic bust titled, WakwaNtu; Peliswa Matinjwa for a set of micro crochet shoes titled, Purple Fusion; Lulama Makha (GREENVILLE TRADING 155 trading as LM THE JUNIOR) ) for his formal Jacket and pants and Nwabisa Mnqumevu for her Black And White Beaded Necklace And Earrings

Special mentions were given to Lisa Walker for her ceramic work titled Protea Jar, Nolindo Siyo for a traditional beaded vest, Judy Savage for her crochet blanket, Adria van Rooyen from Seventy-four for a leather bag, Zamithemba Jolinkomo for a traditional headband and from Blaque Butterfly Holdings for the SA Flag dress.

This project is sponsored by the Eastern Cape Development Agency, Department Small Business Development and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.



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Celebrating 25 years : Journey to South Africa / Journey to America

Through Our Eyes is an annual exhibition coordinated by the RITZ THEATRE AND MUSEUM in Jacksonville, Florida.   

Through Our Eyes: Journey to South Africa –   In 2018, this annual exhibition turned 25 and local Jacksonville artists were invited to make works in response to the theme "Journey to South Africa: Struggle & Resistance” as part of the International Partnership between the cities of Nelson Mandela Bay and Jacksonville. 


Through Our Eyes: Journey to America - Local Eastern Cape Artists were invited to participate. Both exhibitions were exhibited separately last year at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. Due to delays caused by the COVID pandemic, the American exhibition did not return and the South African exhibition was unable to travel to Jacksonville. We have exhibited the separate shows as one exhibition this year. The rehanging has allowed for dialogue between the two groups of works and have created a dynamic exhibition. We look forward to these works making their way to the USA this year.  


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The exhibition was made up of three components:


The project was funded through the Nelson Mandela Bay Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture small grant programme and combines poetry and photography. Poet, mentor and project leader, Brian Walter, assisted the group by collating over 100 poems and images into a poetry book and visual exhibition. The poems reflect the experiences of 19 young people living in Helenvale. The poems described the impact of the COVID pandemic, reflected on life in the Helenvale community and celebrated the beauty we can still find around us. Contributors, Leonie Williams, Shenesia Booysen and Charné Williams were team leaders and assisted the younger members of the group to make the project possible. 


The Friends of the Art Museum in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum sponsored art journals to art groups across Nelson Mandela Bay. Learners in these groups have used their journals to draw and reflect on life during the COVID pandemic. The groups have visited the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum to produce large scale sketches.

The four participating groups were: Hand in Hand Studio; Artworks for Youth; Iz’koli Art;  Raw Native Kreatives.

WISHING TREE: An interactive exhibit where we ask the public to participate. Visitors to the exhibition will be invited to write on a pieces of paper and add messages of hope to our wishing tree.

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