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Tuesday, September 21, 2021


(Tsh'episo Mahooe, Bongiwe Phakathi ©Ogorogile Nong_Act Warrior Wall Photographers)

On Heritage Day (September 24, 2021) the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is hosting an exhibition at the Market Photo Workshop of works that pay homage to some of South Africa’s greatest and most respected artistic/culture legends. 

The exhibition, supported by the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa, is part of the ACT Warrior Wall project, an ACT legacy arts initiative. The Warrior Wall project celebrates and highlights the work of five young photographers from the Market Photo Workshop, who are playing their part in shaping the future of arts and culture in South Africa.

The talented photographers - Simphiwe Thabede, Zegugu Ngemntu, Remofiloe Sebobe, Bongiwe Phakathi and Ts’episo Mahooe - will place on show their artistic through my camera lens interpretation of Miriam Makeba (Music), Sylvia “Magogo” Glasser (Dance), Don Materra (Literature), David Koloane (Visual Art) and Dr John Kani (Theatre).

The photographers have made use of The Market Theatre archive materials for concept development, design and creation of an artistic photographic transfer each of the five icons. These will on display from September 24 at 14h00 to October 8, 2021. The exhibition is free of charge and open to the public.

The ACT is South Africa’s premier independent development and arts funding organisation. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the capacity for arts and culture initiatives to create sustainable futures, through development and investment in innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured development programmes ACT provides support to all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration. For more information please visit the Trust’s website. Follow ACT on Twitter or like the ACT’s Facebook page.

The exhibition is aimed at inspiring interaction, conversation, awareness and celebration of our unique South African arts and culture heritage, notably in the month of September when we celebrate South Africa’s diverse cultural backgrounds and enormous talent pool. “We believe the ACT Warrior Wall mural project will empower these enthusiastic emerging young photographers while honouring and remembering five of The Arts & Culture Trust’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients - each of them a South African icon in their respective field,” says ACT CEO, Marcus Desando.

(Right: ACT CEO Marcus Desando)

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) previously supported qualifying practitioners within the cultural and creative industries as a grant facilitator. “As the Trust, we have radically shifted our focus and role in the industry from that of a grant maker to focusing on the long-term trajectory of the living experience of artists, practitioners and creatives as entrepreneurs. We are excited to watch our new programmes such as the ACT Warrior Wall project create and develop learning platforms that will go on to equip participants for possible future business opportunities.” says Marcus Desando who also acknowledged the support of the EU Delegation for the exhibition.

Since the establishment of the EU Delegation after the first democratic elections in 1994, the EU and South Africa saw rapidly-expanded cooperation. The relations were strengthened in 2007 with the establishment of the EU-South Africa Strategic Partnership, a forward-looking platform that facilitates wide-ranging cooperation between our two parties. A range of dialogues between the partners allow them to share experiences in areas of common interest, or where challenges have to be faced. Areas covered by these dialogues include education, health, energy, the environment, macro-economic policies, human rights, peace and security including maritime security. The partnership is broad and comprehensive and covers political, trade and development interests, as well as cultural relations. Except for consular tasks, the Delegation, based in Pretoria/Tshwane, functions like an embassy; it is a diplomatic mission representing the European Union – made up of 27 European Member States – in South Africa.

Make a date. Heritage Day, September 24, 2021, from 13h00 until 15h00, or any day until October 8, 2021. Visit the ACT Warrior Wall and help encourage young talent while paying homage to South African icons. For further information visit the Trust’s website, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. #ACTWarriorWall

About the Market Photo Workshop For over 30 years, the Market Photo Workshop has played a pivotal role in the training of South Africa’s photographers, ensuring that visual literacy reaches neglected and marginalized parts of our society. World-renowned photographer David Goldblatt contributed vastly to the establishment of Market Photo Workshop in 1988 - 1999. Since then, the Photo Workshop has been an agent of change and representation, informing photographers, visual artists, educators, students and broader communities of trends, issues, and debates in photography and visual culture. Follow the links to; or visit FB: Market Photo Workshop


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