Awakenings: the art of Lionel Davis – Book Signing

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Date: 26 May 2018
Time: 14h00
Venue: Nelson Mandela Gateway, Auditorium (V&A Waterfront)

Title of Book: Awakenings: the art of Lionel Davis

About Lionel Davis: Born in District Six in 1936, Davis was arrested for political activities in 1963 and spent seven years imprisoned on Robben Island, followed by five years house arrest in Manenberg. Upon his release Davis turned to art as a means of both healing and resistance. He has been closely associated with several important art centres, especially the Community Arts Project, the Fine Arts School at Rorke’s Drift in KwaZulu-Natal, the Thupelo workshop, and Greatmore Artists’ Studios, as well as with key heritage institutions such as the District Six and Robben Island Museums. Davis was recently honoured with a retrospective exhibition Gathering Strands at the Iziko South African National Gallery.

About the book: Awakenings is the first full-length study of Lionel Davis’ art. Fully illustrated, the book includes an extract from Davis’ unpublished memoirs, along with ten specially commissioned essays by scholars, curators and artists.

Editor: Mario Pissarra

Contributors: Bonita Bennett (foreword), Premesh Lalu (foreword), Nomusa Makhubu (preface), Mario Pissarra (introduction), with chapters by Ayesha Price, Barbara Voss, Bridget Thompson, Deirdre Prins-Solani, Elizabeth Rankin and Philippa Hobbs, Ernestine White, Jacqueline Nolte, Lionel Davis, Patricia de Villiers, Thembinkosi Goniwe and Tina Smith.

Publisher/s: Africa South Art Initiative (ASAI) in association with the District Six Museum and the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape.


Additional book information: Soft cover with flaps, full colour illustrations, notes, bibliography, index, 224 pp., ISBN 978-0-620-77209-9




Supper Club with Koketso Sachane: Reflections


Oblivious to the lamb curry simmering in the room, and the malva pudding heating up, April supper club attendees were engrossed in the conversation stimulated by Koketso Sachane. Was there still time for dialogue? How will we turn our country from the abyss towards which it seems to be hurtling? What must people  do to be heard, and who is to blame for where we are as a nation? These are just some of the questions that were raised, debated and discussed. Many points of view discussed, beginnings of answers arrived at, finally concluding that much more by all, is needed, to bring about change.

Thanks to Koketso for being a great listener and conversationalist!



International Museum Day


18 May 2018

Since 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) has been advocating for a worldwide focus on the role of museums on 18 May each year. Its intention was to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society, and it has been gaining momentum ever since.

Museums across the world have marked this day in different ways- through programmes, exhibitions, educational events and other activities. Lately, a number of events enacted in the digital space have added to the range of events. According to ICOM, 36 000 museums in 157 countries participated in International Museum Day activities in 2017.

This year’s theme being promoted by ICOM is ‘Hyperconnected museums: new approaches , new publics.’

‘Hyperconnectivity’ is a term invented in 2001 to design the multiple means of communication we have today, such as face-to-face contact, email, instant messaging, telephone or the Internet. This global network of connections becomes each day more complex, diverse and integrated. In the hyperconnected world of today, museums join the trend. This is the reason why the International Council of Museums (ICOM) has chosen the theme Hyperconnected museums: new approaches, new publics’ for International Museum Day 2018.

Have you been planning to visit the District Six Museum but have not yet gotten round to doing so? Do you have family and friends that you want to bring? International Museum Day is a good time to think of doing this.

The District Six Museum will be waiving entrance fees for all South Africans on International Museum Day which is on Friday 18 May. This offer will be extended to Saturday 19 May so as to accommodate those who have other commitments on weekdays. Do one of the following to access this benefit:

  • Quote #internationalmuseumday
  • Produce your ID document; or
  • Answer a simple question that all South Africans should be able to answer!