It has been a difficult and an exciting year. Annually we handle projects such as the Museum Visibility Project for International Museum Day, Artflux Exhibition for youth month, The For Sale Project Exhibition (which will now be a bi-annual venture) as well as the Children Tile Art Project. However for me what stands out this year has been our attempt in Tshwane to establish an art residency program. Together with the education assistants of the Pretoria Art Museum we have been able to take several steps into this direction and this resulted in the exhibition of Azael Langa and Mpho Nkadimeng (16 September – 24 October) after the two artists spent six months creating art at Kopanong Art Studio.
We hope that when the residency program fully goes public in 2015 it’s management (Finance, Administration and Documentation) will be flawless, and that this initiative will live up to its simple goal: which is to advance the development of the visual arts in Tshwane. Thought: If, the purpose of Preparatory Programme of the Pretoria Art Museum has been to give hope and structure beyond the formal studies of the art students then the Residency Program will serve as a rigorous environment for the visual artist aspirant to experiment, explore and establish themselves as fine artists.
I will like to thank Rudzani Mabugana, Vincent Mfowethu, Lebogang Jaccinta Mosothoane and Lesego Violia Mthombeni for continuous keeping our guided tours administration records intact and up to date. I wish to also extend a thank you to both Thabang Monoa and Simon Radebe for their undying efforts in helping to establish the Kopanong Art Residency Program together with the artists – Azael Lang and Mpho Nkadimeng.
I will also like to congratulate: Thato Seboko, Mary-Jane Letsoalo, Noko Mello, Nalize Venter, Siphesihle Nonkanyiso Biyela, Seemole Eve Bodirwa and Refilwe Phetla for partaking in this year’s For Sale Project Exhibition in winter as well as for facilitating art making workshops in spring for the Children Tile Art Project. Mention must be made that while the Artflux Exhibition was curated by Thabang Monoa and Simon Radebe while the Children Tile Art Project was curated by Thato Seboko and Letlhogonolo Mogale. The accomplishments we saw with the residency program were in some vital part attributed to the involvement of quite a number of people whom failure to mention will be tantamount to a mountainous err: Many thanks to Motlalepule Constance Leteane of ConnieArt. Hoek Swaratlhe, Sindy Mbanjwa and Vusi Moses Ntombela of BASEMENT ART for enhancing our residency program with character.
So what will 2014 be about? We can first start by refining the goals we have reached this year so that if we begin to see a hint of something new starting to take shape in the horizon our experience can serve us as a guiding compass to attain the next step.