Nelson Mandela painting unveiled 16 February 2017



The unveiling of an art piece of our first Democratic President, Nelson Mandela, donated to Artscape by Zam Magazine was officiated by his daughter Her Excellency, Ambassador, Zindziswa "Zindzi" Mandela-Hlongwane, yesterday 16 February 2017. The painting will now be a permanent fixture at the Artscape Theatre Centre as a celebration of the power of arts and culture in building just and equal societies. Art piece by photographer Anton Corbijn and visual artist Berend Strik.

It hails the beginning of an exciting partnership between Artscape Theatre Centre and Zam magazine towards creative excellence. The painting will become one of the theatre’s pivotal and iconic permanent fixtures. It can be viewed in the Marble Foyer extension complementing the impetus that the Arts and Artscape in particular contribute towards nation-building.

Zam magazine seek to support and promote a new generation of African changemakers in investigative journalism, photography, writing, arts and thinking.  It is a non-profit rooted in the Dutch solidarity movements with the struggles against apartheid and colonialism. Today, ZAM maintains a network of creatives, writers, researchers, bloggers and opinion leaders based in over 30 African countries and the diaspora's.

The unveiling was followed by the launch of the Department of Inclusive Arts’ audience development and education programme. The focal point of audience development remains as its focus the enhancement of outreach to audiences who do not easily have access to the Arts.

The launch showcased this year’s children and youth projects to expose learners to curriculum based outcomes in the annual set work productions, High School Drama Festival and Schools Arts Festival. The Theatre Centre doors will remain open to patrons who were denied access in the past. Artscape also recognizes the immense challenges facing the youth of today inclusive of socio-economic issues which through our programmes we can assist in resolving some of these challenges.   

In addition, it showcased several other projects including flagships such as the annual Rural Outreach Project. The project reaches up to 2000 young people annually through its schools programme while it equally affords an opportunity to adults in the rural areas who have never experienced live theatre.  


The 2017 launch, in addition kick-started the official process of hosting the Indigenous Ensemble Special Project based on-site through the work of Dizu Plaatjies.  An artist-in-residency programme Plaatjies, former leader of the group Amapondo, will host a series of workshops culminating in a concert later in the year. A 2-minute trailer of the film Hear My Music which highlights the work of Dizu Plaatjies was shown.  

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