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’ Crossings’ exhibition launch – Nelson Mandela Museum, Qunu

December 07, 2011

The Nelson Mandela Museum is proud to showcase a group exhibition by FIVE artists who participated in the 2011 Nelson Mandela Museum Arts Incubator Program. The exhibition will be held at the Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre, Qunu and the opening will be on the 08th of December 2011.

The Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre, now the new home of all the exhibitions of Dr. Nelson Mandela, including those that were housed at the Bhunga building in Mthatha, has been a home to the five Arts Incubator Program participants for the last eight weeks. The program aims to afford artists the opportunity to access knowledge by providing workshops and seminars by professionals coming from both the art and business sectors through an eight week program held at the museum in Qunu. The Nelson Mandela Arts Incubator Program is fully funded by the museum.

Artists are drawn from different areas of the Eastern Cape Province and are mentored into gaining an understanding between the arts and business practices in order to manage and grow their careers and businesses.

When the program was launched in 2010, we never expect to be rewarded within the short period of time. One of our program participants Sikhumbuzo Makhandula’s works was selected for the 2011 prestigious Sasol New Signatures competition. In the final selection of the competition, his work won the 2nd place and was chosen among a group of artworks which were selected all over South Africa.

 “Their experiences during the incubation process will surely now and in the future inform; how they look, think, act, produce and even talk about the art in general. The title, ‘Crossings,’ is thus an outcome of a short but intense time and process of their ‘transformation’. Churchill Madikida.

Through various partnerships, the Arts Incubator Program will strive to provide program participants with various opportunities and networks that will ensure sustainable careers within the arts industries.

“The Arts Incubator program has and it will always play an important role in the development of art. We are proud about the achievements of the program and we also seen previous participants showcasing their art work at the 2011Sasol New Signatures competition. It is through achievements of this nature that we pledge to the private sector to come on board and assist the Nelson Mandela Museum in the sustainability of its programs.

“Our mentor Dr. Nelson Mandela Once said:”Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. “As an institution we pledge to fulfil the educational values preached by Dr. Nelson Mandela”, said Nelson Mandela Museum C.E.O. Khwezi Mpumlwana.

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