20 Stellenbosch: Two Decades of South African Sculpture
26 October 2011 – 26 October 2012
Like its forerunner this exhibition will, in part, present a survey of the achievements made by South African artists in three-dimensional work over the last two decades. In addition attention will be paid to artists who are frequently excluded from major Contemporary art group exhibitions but who have made a significant impact in the field; to give due credit to rural artists; to consider performance within a sculptural context; and to challenge assumptions about the scope and depth of local sculpture.
20 Stellenbosch consists of over 30 outdoor sculptures placed at various locations within the historic town of Stellenbosch, which will be on display for a year. In this the project follows on Dylan Lewis’s very successful project where his work was similarly displayed. In addition, certain works will be situated indoors and in site-specific areas outside of the main town centre due to the nature of the work or at the request of the artist concerned.
20 Stellenbosch will aim to do justice to the richness, technical innovation, creativity and challenges seen in local sculpture. Because of the limitation on the number of artists included and the logistical challenges faced this exhibition will not be able to claim comprehensiveness, survey status or full representivity. Nevertheless, 20 Stellenbosch shall endeavour to remind visitors and the local community that South African fine art, and sculpture in particular, can be unexpected, thought provoking, moving and beautiful.
Finally, it is a particular aim of 20 Stellenbosch to demonstrate the power and rewards of having art in one’s surroundings and being engaged with creativity as one goes about one’s daily business.
20 Stellenbosch: Two decades of South African sculpture opens on 26 October 2011. A parade created by artist Joachim Schonfeldt and featuring members of the Groot Drakenstein community will take place in Church Street, Stellenbosch on 26 October 2011. Following the parade, the exhibition will be officially opened by the Deputy Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch, Mr Martin Smuts.
Parade starts at 5pm.
Two sections of road will be closed prior to the 5pm opening and will remain closed until 7pm, to create pedestrian areas:
- Andringa Street between Dorp St and Church St
- (from the Stellenbosch Hotel/Jan Cats to the corner at Coetzenburg Estate Agency)
- Church Street between Andringa St and Bird St
- (from Coetzenburg/Indaba to Vida e Café/Oude Bank)
- - This ‘L’ shaped closure will allow traffic to exit the area down Church Street and via Andringa Street passing FNB.
Additional activities on the pedestrian areas/streets:
20 wine estates will host wine-tasting stalls along the streets that will be closed off to traffic from 5pm to 7pm. Stellenbosch Wine Routes will oversee the selection of estates.
20 Participating Artists
De Wet, Barend
Du Toit, Guy
Grant, Sue Pam
Van der Merwe, Strijdom
Van Nazareth, Herman