Ashley Walters, Shifting Place, Archival-pigment-ink on cotton-paper, 82x55cm

Making a case for the value of art production in the realm of higher education and the future, the Stellenbosch University Museum will host a unique, prestige group exhibition in celebration of the University’s Centenary. More than 60 artists will be represented.

“Forward? Forward! Forward…”, opening on 5 December in the stately museum building, is the result of an ambitious open call to artists earlier to propose artworks addressing the future of higher education, locally and in Africa, and re-imagining the future of Stellenbosch University.

According to the curators, Ulrich Wolff and Elizabeth  Miller-Vermeulen, the response has delivered an intriguing range of exciting works, touching numerous themes in a variety of media.

More than 250 innovative and compelling proposals, serving as catalysts for debate and engagement with the future of the university and education were submitted.

Sharlé Matthews, Prima Materia(detail), acrylic and oil based charcoal pencil on canvas

Artists interpreted the theme to address such issues as identity and cultural perspectives, mentorship, literacy, fields of knowledge, human-to-human connectivity, language, campus power structures and social systems.

Creative expressions include installations, painting, collage, drawing, photography, video, short film, animation, print media, sculpture and performance art. A commemorative catalogue by the Stellenbosch University Museum will augment the exhibition.

Sinalithemba Ntuli, At the Dump, rubber-tyresnails-and-board

Lunga Kama, Vuka, photographic-print

In a transformative/collaborative concept, essays by authors from the Institute for Futures Research, under the direction of  Dr. Morné Mostert, will inform the art of  “Forward? Forward! Forward…”, extending the vital debate around the futuristic theme in this centenary year.

Artists taking part include Zyma Amien, Willem Boshoff, Chris Soal, Sthenjwa Luthuli, Liza Grobler, Johann Louw, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Tangeni Kambudu, Emma Willemse, Willie Bester, Gordon Froud, Stephané E. Conradie, Victor Mofukeng, Dan Halter, Ingrid Bolton, Conrad Botes, Sharlé Matthews,
Heleen de Haas and Ley Mboramwe Makalele collaboration, Claudette Schreuders, Lehlohonolo Mkhasibe, Hannalie Taute, Strijdom van der Merwe, Ashley Walters, Sinalithemba Ntuli, Tamlin Blake, Ilené Bothma, Lhola Amira, Norman O`Flynn, Jaco Sieberhagen, Lunga Kama, Pierre le Riche, Ydi Coetsee, Spier Arts Academy and Marlise Keith collaboration, Anya Ramparsad , Thabo Motseki, Heidi Fourie and Jessica Storm Kapp.

Initial proposals were considered by a selection panel of five. 

Opens 5 December 2018, in the  Stellenbosch University Museum
 “Forward? Forward! Forward…” will continue until  30 April 2019

For more information contact: 
Ulrich Wolff (021 808 3029) or Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen (083 700 9669)