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9 to 14 November 2010


The body of work comprising the Cross-pollination exhibition is the result of 15 weeks of practical art-making workshops in which the Education Assistants of the Pretoria Art Museum and adults from Lethabo le Khutso participated.

Lethabo le Khutso is a non-profit organisation committed to providing in the unique needs of adults with autism spectrum disorder, such as accommodation and skills training.

The aim with the workshops was to produce a varied collection of artworks. So the art-making techniques practised at the workshops ranged from drawing to weaving and printmaking, all of which were part of a programme that was conceptualised by the Education Assistants under the auspices of the Creative Industries Consortium. The Lethabo le Khutso artists exceeded expectations with their impressive creativity.

The Pretoria Art Museum provides educational programmes that introduce Tshwane communities to fine art through guided tours of its collections and practical art-making workshops. In this the Education Assistants play a vital role. Some participate in the workshops and others curate the resultant exhibitions.

The Cross-pollination exhibition opens on 9 November at 12:00 and runs until 26 November.


Pierre Crocquet de Rosemond was born in Cape Town in 1971 and grew up in Klerksdorp, a conservative farming and mining town. After school he completed a financial course at the University of Cape Town and then left to live in London. During the five years he spent abroad, he studied photography at the London College of Printing, after which he returned to South Africa.

Pierre Crocquet became known for his photographs. Their unvarnished sense of reality demanded of the viewer to stay in the space where his pictures hang as long as possible, looking at the faces and their surroundings and becoming aware of what made them attractive in the first place.

In Enter Exit Pierre Crocquet has captured the existential realities of a small community on the periphery of sociopolitical developments in South Africa, whose daily lives have not escaped the effects of these developments. South African society has seen dramatic changes, but post-apartheid society is still divided, only primarily along economic lines. Social isolation through poverty has become commonplace. Crocquet forces viewers to hold up a mirror to his photographs and to transport the resultant images to any other postmodern society.

With his camera, Pierre Crocquet observes the sadness and the human beauty of young and old, and creates portraits that capture personality in a convincing way. He empathises with the people he photographs, observes their shortcomings, their hard lives, and their strengths. Never does he compromise their existence. The photos become a tale about life, naturally sharp down to the fold, from which one cannot easily pull away.

There will be two walkabouts with the artist, one on 12 March and another one on 9 April at 10:00. The artist will discuss his portraits in this exhibition, the complexities and his personal journey of photographing in a small community, as well as photography in general. Anyone interested can book with Mmutle Kgokong at the Pretoria Art Museum @ 012 344 1807/8 or A catalogue of his work, published by HatjeCantz Verlag, will also be available at the museum.

Enter Exit is a collaborative effort of the Seippel Gallery and the Pretoria Art Museum.


20 January to 28 February 2010

Sacred Legacy is a unique photographic exhibition created expressly to celebrate the native peoples of the United States and their history and culture. The exhibition illustrates the broad and extraordinary diversity among the North American tribes, and pays homage to the famed photographer and ethnographer, Edward S Curtis.

Curtis was born in 1868 in rural Wisconsin in the North Central United States. He was well versed in the fundamentals of photography and became a serious and dedicated practitioner. In 1892 he acquired shares in a small photography studio in Seattle. He quickly positioned himself as Seattle’s foremost studio photographer, and this success gave him a new-found level of financial freedom that allowed him to spend time away from the studio to pursue his love of the great outdoors. This exploration led him to encounters with small pockets of Native Americans who still maintained some vestiges of their traditional lifestyles.

In 1906 Curtis began an undertaking that would consume him for the next twenty-four years; The North American Indian, a twenty volume, twenty portfolio set of handmade books. Each set contains over 2 200 original photographs plus extensive text covering the western United States and Canada. The Native American subjects themselves are the principle reason Curtis’s work has stood the test of time. Their powerful presence, dignity and emotional depth are all quintessential underpinnings of Curtis’s photographs. That all these qualities come through so profoundly in his most compelling photographs is not only a testament to his technical and artistic mastery, but perhaps even more so a reflection of the subjects themselves.

On exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum is a selection of sixty of Curtis’s most evocative images. Each image has been printed in a size and medium intended to most fully enhance the impact of the subject. The prints are extremely faithful to the look, feel and dimensions of Curtis’s original, vintage prints. The images are representative of the diverse cultural geographic regions in which he photographed and illustrate his artistry in portrait, landscape and still life photography. A wide variety of print media were explored and employed for this exhibition.

Sacred Legacy is a collaborative effort of the Embassy of the United States of America and the Pretoria Art Museum.

Hope for Life

‘My dreams my aspirations’

 hope for life children

HIV/AIDS affects us all. Still today at the closure of the first decade of the twenty first century we still do not have a cure. More and more we are waking up to the realization and the acceptance that prevention is cure. The scourge of this fatal illness has ravaged our parents, brothers and sisters and has left behind affected vulnerable orphans.

This initiative of the Education and Development Programme of the Pretoria Art Museum, the Children Tile Art Project, has been incepted with the aim to involve vulnerable children from our communities in Tshwane, this project that gives them an opportunity to express their challenges, wishes and aspirations through practical art making processes; leading to the production of a body of work which is on exhibition during the month of December to mark the international HIV/AIDS month.

The Pretoria Art Museum is greatly indebted to the Hope For Life Orphanage, which has branches in both Lotus Garden and Jeffsville (Saulsville), for responding positively to the invitation by giving 16 children under the care of the shelter the opportunity to be part of the Children Tile Art Project for the current year.

The NGO Hope For Life provides

1. After care for the children

2. Help the children with school home work

3. HIV/AIDS counseling

The Pretoria Art Museum will also like to thank the team work of Art Beat Foundation and Ithuteng Art Outreach Project, who devices a four day workshop programme spaced over four weeks, of which the facilitators were meeting with the children once every Saturday. The following were the contents covered by the workshops:

• Introductory Guided tour to the Pretoria Art Museum and some art terms

• Drawing Techniques

• Composition and Collage

• Collagraph

The workshop remain true to the dictum

‘Skill transference and non content imposing’

This dictum saw to it that the facilitators only walked with the children shoulder to shoulder in terms of introducing the art making techniques however distancing themselves from determining the nature of the work done by the children once the theme ‘My dreams my aspirations’ was given to the children to work with. The facilitators were available for guidance, to help the children realize the finished pieces and their full potential in terms of their individuality, primarily and ultimately to represent Hope for Life when their work is considered as a collective. The Pretoria Art Museum is forever indebted to the knowledge, skill and dedication of the facilitators.

Lastly on behalf of the City of Tshwane the Pretoria Art Museum would like to extend warm thanks to SANAVA (South African National Association for the Visual Arts) and the trustees of the Charl Van Der Merwe Trust for once more making this Project a reality.

The Hope For Life children will be available for interactions and walkabout of their work on 11 December 10:00 to 12:00. The public is welcome to meet and interact with the children on that day.

for more details:

Contact: Mmutle Arthur Kgokong

Call 012 344 1807/8