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Heritage Month Public Programs & Current Exhibitions at the Javett Art Centre Pretoria: A Cultural Pilgrimage

Audiences are invited to explore and participate at the Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria with FREE entry to the public programmes on Heritage Day 24 September 2021.

Discovering, sharing, embracing and researching the art of Africa lies at the very heart of the work of the Javett-UP with new benchmarks in art curation, conservation and education that creates a space for the public to uncover and engage with the art and cultural heritage of Africa.

Including the September Heritage Month exhibitions, Javett-UP houses amongst others, the Javett Foundation’s collection of 20th-century South African art, which contains a number of significant works: the AngloGold Ashanti Collection and the Mapungubwe Gold, an archaeological collection which is historically and culturally important for South Africa, the southern African region and the world.

The Javett-UP is a collaborative, multidisciplinary space. The centre aims to be an institution that encourages engagement with the ideas, methodologies and concerns of the art of Africa. In this way, the space becomes a platform for education and learning; conversations about creativity and innovation, contributing to the discourse on the art of Africa and reflecting upon historical and political events as interpreted by artists.

The Javett-UP public programme includes a variety of the arts such as dance, music, poetry, fine art, film screenings, dialogues and public participation.



24 September 2021: Curatorial Dialogue with Gabi Ngcobo and Danielle Oosthuizen

“Handle with Care”


The Javett-UP presents a curatorial dialogue with Gabi Ngcobo (Curatorial Director, Javett-UP) and Danielle Oosthuizen (Coordinator: Education and Public Engagement)

Gabi Ngcobo and Danielle Oosthuizen will mediate a participatory curatorial dialogue focusing on the exhibition Handle with Care. The exhibition draws from selected works from the South32 Collection on loan to the Javett-UP for a period of ten years. First assembled in 1994, the collection was the first of its kind to endeavour collecting radically, and from the onset, evenly across South Africa’s racialised demographics and gendered subjects. Through a combination of participatory exercises the dialogue is meant to engage the public on the curatorial process of creating critical connections that may not be immediately obvious in the exhibition and it’s themes. The curatorial dialogue forms part of activities marking the Javett-UP second year since our opening on 24 September 2019.  

24 September 2021: Screening of the film “Afrikaaps” followed by a conversation with award-winning filmmaker Dylan Valley



Afrikaaps (2010) is award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator Dylan Valley’s debut film in which he uses HipHop, humour and personal perspective to explore the often untold Creole history of Afrikaans. Afrikaaps reclaims and liberates Afrikaans from its reputation as the language of the oppressor, taking it back to the people who claim a legitimate ownership to it. The film follows a group of local artists creating the stage production, AFRIKAAPS, as they trace the true roots of Afrikaans to those who were enslaved in the Cape. It features the musical greats, Jitsvinger, Kyle Shepard, Emile (black noise), Moenier Parker, Shane Cooper, Blaq Pearl, the powerhouse b-boy, Bliksemstraal, and the poetic genius of Jethro Louw.

Handle With Care – https://javettup.art/exhibitions/handle-with-care

Which features artistic works from the South32 collection – collected during South Africa’s transition to democracy from 1993 – 2003.

Word Woes – https://javettup.art/exhibitions/willem-boshoff-word-woes

A retrospective of Willem Boschoff’s work, the exhibition explores how meaning shifts through the lens of language, access and culture. It adds a particularly interesting context by exploring the longevity of heritage and how this changes through time.

Interfacing New Heavens – https://javettup.art/exhibitions/interfacing-new-heavens

A transdisciplinary installation experience which launched mid-August, Exploring Indigenous Knowledge Systems through Dr Tebogo George Mahashe’s work.

The AngloGold Ashanti Barbier-Mueller Gold of Africa Collection – https://javettup.art/exhibitions/the-anglogold-ashanti-barbier-mueller-gold-of-africa-collection The gold of Africa collection

National Treasures: The Mapungubwe Gold Collection – https://javettup.art/exhibitions/national-treasures-the-mapungubwe-gold-collection – The prehistoric gold collection unearthed at the Mpungubwe hill featuring the golden rhino.

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