From the beginning of July, the Unisa Art Gallery presents an exhibition in celebration of 10 years of democracy in South Africa, entitled Unisa Reflects on its Collection of Resistance Art. It features a remarkable collection of politically engaged art acquired by the gallery from its inception in 1960. Arguably this exhibition reflects positively on Unisa's collection policy, as Unisa acquired a strong body of resistance art from the turbulent 60's until the dawn of democracy.
Works on display include Julian Motau's torturous portraits, Leonard Matsoso's tribute to Kipie Moketsie and the super realist portraits of Keith Dietrich, Mmopeng, Mmamule and Mmathabeng.
The curators are Meredith Randall and Jacob Lebeko.
The exhibition forms part of a gala event that includes a music concert and a conference.
Since The Gallery's inception in 1986, with its first full time Curator, Unisa Art Gallery has grown to be one of the most significant exhibition spaces in South Africa and is privilege to be in possession of a most relevant collection of largely contemporary South African art.
The Unisa Art Gallery as a valuable cultural asset, aims at national and international relevance by promoting the culturally diverse manifestations of the visual arts. Within the spirit of academic excellence and cultural relevance, the Unisa Art Gallery strives to collect, document and conserve primarily South African art.
It aims to facilitate and encourage continuing research, teaching and promotion of the visual arts within the student environment and society at large.
Formal education, research and community outreach are the main objectives of the University and thus form the basis of our approach and activities. Our annual programme usually includes a variety of exhibitions, slide presentations and walk abouts/guided tours of exhibitions.