The curatorial team spent some time with beadwork restorer Hlengiwe Dube and her assistant Phumelele Dludla today, towards restoration treatment of our beadwork collection. Dube was one of the beaders of the African Art Centre in Durban who spent months on the beading of the South African flag as it hangs today in the courtroom of the Constitutional Court. The flag is so large it had to be completed in segments, which were later joined on a backing. After this intensive labour, the flag – bearing the names of all the crafters who worked on the segments – was finally installed in its place in 2006.
We still have some spots left for our monthly Art & Justice tour this Saturday from 09:30 to 11:00. Book by sending an email to
More information under “Tours” on our website ccac.org.za. Artwork: Mbaki, ‘Harvesting Bananas’, 1998, acrylic and sand on canvas, 505 x 810mm. Donated to the CCAC by Justice Albie Sachs, who purchased the work at the roadside in Luanda, Angola.
The Constitutional Court Trust (CCT) is looking for recent South African graduates with a keen interest in visual art and justice in South Africa to apply for a full-time internship opportunity working on the Constitutional Court Art Collection (CCAC) at the CCT. Deadline: 7th June 2019 Duration: 6 months on a full time basis (July – December 2019) Location: The Constitutional Court, Johannesburg More information on ccac.org.za.
#artandjustice tour this morning
We are pleased to announce that our monthly Art & Justice tours have resumed. Artworks on show in the public gallery are explored, whilst tour goers are also treated with rare access to some private areas and gardens of the Court – showcasing more of the art and perspectives on the renowned art collection and architecture of the Constitutional Court. Bookings are now open for 25 May, 29 June, 27 July, 31 August, 28 September, 26 October and 30 November 2019. A limited amount of 10 places are available for each tour. Bookings are essential. The tours are presented free of charge, although online, anonymous donations to the CCAC endowment fund are encouraged and appreciated. Follow the link in our bio for more information.
Edoardo Villa’s ‘Birds’ in the Judges’ Courtyard.
Conservation work today on, amongst other textile works in the CCAC, Joseph Ndlovu’s ‘Humanity’ (1994) – the very first artwork of the Collection that in essence gave rise to the Collection – and Judith Mason (design) and Marguerite Stephens’ (weaver) ‘Gothic Leopard’ (1985-1986) 1/3.
Very happy with the restoration treatment, mounting and framing by @davidlewisbrowne of Rose Shakinovsky’s ‘Every three minutes’. The work was originally installed directly onto the wall with its perspex cover. The new framing and mounting mimics this original aesthetic, whilst better ensuring the preservation of the artwork. #conservation
Our curatorial staff with Kim Berman and her recently restored and framed ‘Fires of the Truth Commission’.