After a closure of more than seven months due to the nationwide lockdown, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) will be reopening on Thursday October 22 with details of its first open submission exhibition.
And all Capetonians are invited to contribute to the exhibition, titled Home Is Where The Art Is: Art Is Where The Home Is.
The open call is directed at professional and amateur artists, collectors, and all other individuals who own and have made interesting paintings, drawings, sculptures and other artworks that brought a sense of joy during the months of the global pandemic.
All artwork entries are free and there is no judging panel. Each successful entrant will also receive one admission ticket to the museum valid for multiple use during the three months of the exhibition.
The online entry period runs until Monday October 5, with five categories for submissions.
Parents wanting to show off the talents of their budding Zanele Muholi’s or Picasso’s can enter under “Young Artist in Residence”.
“Homemade Gems” is geared towards hobby artists while full-time, professional artists fall under the “Professional Practise” grouping.
The category “Local Loves” is dedicated to artworks from artists across the continent.
Lastly, those gifted artworks from loved ones can enter under “With Love From Gogo”.
The exhibition also sees Zeitz MOCAA strengthen its partnerships with cultural organisations around the city who have come on board as drop-off points for local residents.
Following the online entry period, works can be dropped off, between Tuesday and Sunday October 6 and 11, at Tygerberg Art Centre in Parow, PJ Olivier Art School in Stellenbosch, Langa’s Soha Gallery, Isivivana Centre in Khayelitsha, Muizenberg’s Casa Labia Cultural Centre, Lalela Project in Hout Bay, and Zeitz MOCAA in the V&A Waterfront. Following the show’s run, artworks can also be collected at these locations.
Explaining the concept of the show, Koyo Kouoh, executive director and chief curator at Zeitz MOCAA, said: “Since our inception, Capetonians have supported our young institution. This exhibition, which is unprecedented for a major museum, is our way of thanking everyone for their support. It is an invitation to be part of the museum’s ongoing success, particularly as we reopen after a challenging period. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the strength, unity and spirit of individuals throughout this difficult time.”
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public programmes and will run until Sunday January 10 next year.
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