Tour of the SABC Art Collection, A Rich National Public Treasure
Cnr Henley Rd and, Artillery Rd, Auckland Park
9 September 2023
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Art Collection is widely recognised as one of the most significant historical and contemporary public art collections in South Africa. The SABC has been acquiring art works for more than half a century. At first, its approach to collecting was informal. Then, following the restructuring of the SABC after the country’s first free and fair election in 1994, the SABC formalised the Collection under curator Koulla Xinisteris and allocated a budget towards the acquisition of art works on a basis representative of our new democracy. Due to the SABC’s financial constraints, a budget has not been made available for the acquisition of new works in recent years. As a public, parastatal collection, the SABC Art Collection is owned by South African taxpayers. It is a cultural asset and a vital aspect of our heritage that must be sustained, protected, and made widely accessible.
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Collection tour of Anglo American
144 Oxford Rd, Rosebank
8 September 2023
The Anglo American art and object collection is a combination of art collected over several decades through four different companies: Anglo American, de Beers Group, Anglo American Platinum and Kumba Iron Ore.
The collection comprises of 3600 works, with around 1000 pieces in the collection on display at the newly commissioned Rosebank offices. Although vast, the collection experienced an acquisition hiatus from the early 2000s until 2021 creating a significant gap in the collection’s representation of contemporary art. The collection now has a dedicated curator, Megan Scott, tasked with its cataloguing and digitisation, opening an exciting new chapter which will see the gradual procurement of significant works that reflect our contemporary South African and African art world.