ArtbankSA looking to buy original SA artworks

Cape Town. 30.04.19. Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwaspeaking at the public gathering in Bo-Kaap on Tuesday evening where he announced the outcome of the process towards the declaration of important historically significant sites located in the Bo-Kaap area as an important part of the heritage landscape of South Africa. Picture Ian Landsberg/AFRICAN EWS AGENCY (ANA)

Cape Town. 30.04.19. Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwaspeaking at the public gathering in Bo-Kaap on Tuesday evening where he announced the outcome of the process towards the declaration of important historically significant sites located in the Bo-Kaap area as an important part of the heritage landscape of South Africa. Picture Ian Landsberg/AFRICAN EWS AGENCY (ANA)

The works must be original contemporary South African art.

ArtbankSA, a national programme of the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), has again called on South African artists to submit their works to be considered for acquisition.

Launched by Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa in 2017 as part of the Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) strategy implementation, ArtbankSA is hosted at the National Museum Bloemfontein, which is an agency of the DAC.

“The programme annually considers acquiring special pieces of art for its own growing permanent collection,” it said.

One of its tasks is to acquire work of South African artists, particularly emerging artists,  for lease and sale to government departments, private companies as well as individuals.

“The vision of the ArtbankSA is to promote, foster and stimulate a vibrant market for the collection of South African contemporary visual art,” it said.

This vision includes holding exhibitions for their work, nurturing artists, leasing and selling their work to make it financially viable and promoting art by making it accessible to the public in general.

Outlining their criteria which includes that the works must be original contemporary South African art, Artbanks said a nine-member committee would oversee the selection process and approve and make recommendations of artworks for purchase.

ArtbankSA encouraged artists to submit their works by July.

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