Since its inception in 1986, the Unisa Art Gallery has evolved into becoming one of South Africa’s significant exhibition galleries. The Unisa Art Gallery is privileged to own an intriguing permanent collection made up of some of the most prolific contemporary South African and international artists.
The Unisa Art Gallery hosts a range of exciting exhibitions each year, focusing on diverse and relevant aspects in the arts relevant globally, continentally, and moreover with a specific emphasis on South Africa.
Proclaimed as one of the most unique public collections in South Africa, The Unisa Art Gallery collection features an array of artworks inclusive of paintings, drawings, graphics, photography, woven tapestries, appliqués, sculpture, and multimedia works from established and emerging South African and African artists.
The Unisa Art Gallery remains focused on acquiring and exhibiting compelling works by both established and peripheral South African and African artists like Gerald Sekoto, Irma Stern, Walter Battiss, David Goldblatt, Nicolas Slovo and Angela Buckland, as well as engaging works by Roger Ballen, Nandipha Mntambo, Aida Muluneh, Muholi Muholi, Steven Cohen and other significant artists whose art serves as individual expressions of diverse South African and African identities.
Aligned with the developmental vision of the University of South Africa, the Unisa Art Gallery collection is a grand reflection of enthralling artistic renditions and expressions that form part of the greater African agenda in the context of both transformation and globalisation, highlighting diverse narratives and identities eminent in contemporary art.