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TThe Unisa Art Gallery is one of the most significant exhibition spaces in South Africa. It is best known for its collection of contemporary South African art.
The Unisa art collection contains a good cross-section of drawings, graphics, photography, woven tapestries, appliqués, sculpture and mixed media works, by artists such as Gerald Sekoto, Irma Stern, Walter Battiss, David Goldblatt, Nicolas Slovo and Angela Buckland, as well as art works by recent graduates and young artists.
Works are also considered for their innovation and their contribution to a specific genre or medium within the collection. This approach means the gallery has one of South Africa's best collections of graphic prints and photographs from prominent artists like Roger Ballen and Zanele Muholi.
This Pretoria art gallery hosts regular exhibitions of art from its own collection. These exhibitions are generally curated in-house. Some exhibitions are designed to look at medium and technique. Others are more conceptually driven and create conversations between selected works of art or artists.
As an institute of learning, the Unisa Art Gallery also prides itself on hosting experimental and challenging exhibitions that invite debate and stimulate learning.
Its temporary exhibitions of work from outside of its collection have included art by South Africa's top documentary photographers, sculptors, lithographers and craft workers, including Cedric Nunn, Guy Tillim, and William Kentridge.
The gallery also hosts travelling exhibitions that provide students, teachers and visitors with exciting international visual and conceptual exchanges.
One of the gallery's annual highlights is the Unisa 4th level visual arts student exhibition, where graduating students exhibit their work in the gallery space. The gallery also hosts the advanced diploma students’ exhibition and, occasionally, MA student exhibitions.
Today, the Unisa Art Gallery remains focused on acquiring representative works by both established and peripheral South African artists that are individual expressions of diverse South African identities.
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Who to contact
Unisa Art Gallery
Curator: Bongani Mkhonza
Tel: +27 (0)12 441 5681
How to get here
The Unisa Art Gallery is on the Unisa Muckleneuk campus, Preller Street, located on the ground floor of the New Muckleneuk Kgorong building. From OR Tambo International Airport take the R21 towards Pretoria and from Johannesburg take the N1 to Pretoria. Then take the Eeufees off-ramp and follow the Sunnyside M5 signs.
Best time to visit
The gallery is open between 10am to 4pm from Tuesday to Friday. Closed on public holidays.
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What to pack
Comfortable walking shoes.