DECADES OF MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ART ACTIVATION
Over the years, our team has worked across the board - from academia, television and print arts journalism, through to corporate consulting and large-scale project initiation and implementation in both design and visual arts.
For 2021: ACA presented a group exhibition at the Jaffer Modern in Cape Town, has been running a series of workshops for marginalised creatives, continues to represent designers through sister company, MuseumStore.Africa, is completing a documentary on an African collector, and is embarking on a significant social justice exhibition at The Castle and Constitution Hill late 2021 and early 2022.
For 2022: ACA will be exhibiting at at least two global art fairs.
AfricaContemporary.Art was established in the wake of the success of a commercial design-focused entity, MuseumStoreAfrica, which provides a route to market for graduates of accelerators and incubators for creative social design entrepreneurs. The MuseumStoreAfrica was established at the Javett Art Centre, closed during Corona lock-down, and continues as an online store.
Our founder, Kathy Berman commenced her career as a lecturer and cultural critic in the 1980s for Weekly Mail and later Vrye Weekblad in South Africa, and continues today as a curator, mentor, commentator and innovator across a range of disciplines:
Following a successful career in corporate finance advisory, public sector strategy, and innovation as a practice, Kathy resumed working in contemporary curation, design and project origination - digital and industrial - under the banners of Art Institute South Africa and AfricaContemporary.Art. This follows on various commissions for bespoke curated collections for corporates, community and tourist projects. Her last substantial architectural project was for the GE Africa innovation Centre. It included creative advisory on award-winning industrial design, digital exhibition curation and art commissions.
Taking a break from the physical and corporate projects, during lock-down, Kathy was engaged in daily and weekly social cultural impact projects, initiating www.masks4good.com, www.womandlachallenge.com, and curating, presenting and managing the massive Campus Party South Africa global broadcast. Each bespoke project served to catalyse major cultural activity and significant investment in communities.
2021/2022 has provided an opportunity to curate and exhibit in Cape Town, online and, potentially, globally.
Kathy continues to lecture, write and mentor in culture, social entrepreneurialism, socio-politics and innovation, and serves as a board member of Business and Arts South Africa.
KATHY BERMAN MASA MARA COLLABORATION 2020
COMMUNITY ACTIVATION MABONENG 2020