Standard Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Same Mdluli as the new Manager of the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg.

Dr Mdluli represents a youthful and exciting voice in the contemporary art scene. She is part of a new generation of women taking on the historically male dominated role of curator. Importantly, her appointment is part of Standard Bank’s commitment to excellence and transformation in the arts.

Dr Mdluli holds a PhD in Art History from the University of the Witwatersrand and completed her B-Tech in Fine Arts in 2006 at the University of Johannesburg. Dr Mdluli is involved in various arts and cultural work including serving as chairperson of the Visual Arts Panel of the National Arts Council. She was also co-founder of Sosesame Gallery, aimed at empowering young and up-and-coming artists.

Speaking on her appointment, Dr Mdluli says, “My role at the Standard Bank Gallery is first and foremost to manage the gallery efficiently to be a self-sustaining space, but also to create a strong exhibition programme that increases the visibility of the gallery and the sponsorship work that the bank does. As a non-commercial gallery we have an important part to play. Part of it flows from our institutional capacity to provide resources and sponsorship to develop and grow access to the arts.”

“We are excited and inspired by this appointment of Dr Same Mdluli as Manager of the Standard Bank Gallery,” says Jenny Pheiffer, Head – Brand, Sponsorships and Events at Standard Bank. “She brings a visionary energy to the role. We are convinced that she will help us take the gallery to a new level of leadership as a stakeholder institution of the arts industry in the country and beyond. Her leadership as a respected creative and academic, along with her easy accessibility will surely help to open the doors to more people to fall in love and support art in our country.”

The Standard Bank Gallery – located on the corner of Simmonds and Frederick streets in central Johannesburg – offers free, safe undercover parking on the corner of Harrison and Frederick streets. Gallery hours: Mondays to Fridays from 8:00am to 4:30pm, and Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Entrance is free. For further information please contact 011 631 4467.

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The arts in Africa are a powerful expression of our creativity and play an integral part in generating a positive narrative with a global impact. It’s upon this narrative that Standard Bank has established its mandate – supporting a wide range of initiatives to both nurture young talent and showcase the rich diversity of our creative arts. Standard Bank’s commitment to investing across the arts spectrum on the continent represents a 30-year plus legacy and the company is proud to provide ongoing support for a variety of key projects, which have evolved into highlights across the South African and African cultural calendar.