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Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust

Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust is a non-profit organisation supported by generous contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations. It brings contemporary art to a broad audience in Stellenbosch by mounting free exhibitions of international scope that offer the public powerful experiences with art and the urban environment.

Monuments, memorials and civic statuary are the oldest forms of officially sanctioned public art. The term public art refers to works of art in any media that have been planned and executed with the intention of being cited or staged in the physical public domain. It is often out of doors and accessible to all.​

 

SOST has brought contemporary art to a broad audience of locals and visitors by mounting free, annual public art exhibitions in the town since 2012. These outdoor exhibitions offer the public powerful experiences with art and the urban environment, as well as numerous educational opportunities ranging from school tours to academic workshops.​

 

With the cooperation and support of the Stellenbosch Municipality, outdoor artworks are placed at approved locations in the historic tourist town, adding another reason for tourists to visit the town. To date, the Trust has brought over 250 works of fine art to the streets of Stellenbosch, by some of the most renowned artists in the world.

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Exhibitions & Installations

Trustees

Stellenbosch Outdoor Scultpture Trust

Andi Norton

Project Director

Andi Norton

Andi Norton is a strategic management consultant who specialises in Education and Art. A graduate of Stellenbosch University, she has worked with a number of clients including Vodacom, Deloitte, Design Indaba, Stellenbosch University, Rupert Museum, Mark Shuttleworth, Dylan Lewis and the Beck family. She is the founder of KickstART, an educational outreach programme for creative high school learners from disadvantaged communities, and Trust Facilitator for the Cape Wine Auction Trust which supports education in the winelands. She is passionate about connecting like-minded funders and organisations, using her extensive network to facilitate projects which result in sustainable, impactful change. She believes that access to and engagement with art contributes to the essential skills of creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, and is passionate about democratising art and bringing it to public spaces.

Dr Rose Kirumira

Trustee

Dr Rose Kirumira

Dr Rose Kirumira is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University (1987-2011) where she also graduated with a PhD and is also currently the artist in residence at Stellenbosch University. Her main engagement over the years was attending numerous artist’s workshops and residencies in Africa and around the world where she obtained experiences about contemporary visual art and artists’ practices. These varied professional experiences accorded her the opportunity to have an insight of artist’s networks within and outside of Uganda.

France Beyers

Trustee

France Beyers

France Beyers is editor of Stellenbosch VISIO, a premier magazine showcasing the best of the winelands to a wide audience locally and abroad. She is an artist and patron of the arts. France has an extensive network and is committed to uplifting the creative community. With many years of professional experience in the retail industry as a marketing executive, she manages the marketing and media portfolio for the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust projects.

Dr Mike Tigere Mavura

Trustee

Dr Mike Tigere Mavura

Dr Mike Mavura is an independent art curator, cultural strategist and educator. With a PhD in Political Science his work embraces multidisciplinary approaches to think through civics, spaces and design.

Mike's projects cover a spectrum of work; from curatorial projects (Stellenbosch Triennale, Norval Foundation, British Council) to education (Rhodes University, Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography, University of Bergen) and external advisory (Prince Claus Fund, ZK/U Centre for Art and Urbanistics).

Mike is currently developing Pamurove, a learning site on six hectares of land in Domboshava, Zimbabwe where art and design thinking meets ecology and local agrarian practices.

Elana Brundyn

Trustee

Elana Brundyn

Elana Brundyn has over two decades of experience in both the commercial and non-profit art and cultural sector. This includes her own gallery for 18 years and then playing an instrumental role in launching two of Africa’s most prominent museums – as the founding CEO of Norval Foundation and as an inaugural director at Zeitz MOCAA. Elana’s extensive and invaluable background as a cultural practitioner and arts professional has made her a leading and influential voice in the Art Ecosystem in Africa.

In 2022, Elana embarked on a new chapter by founding Brundyn Arts and Culture – an art consultancy that provides advisory services to creatives, collectors and corporations. Unique for an art consultancy, Brundyn Arts and Culture have two historic and distinctive exhibition spaces. One is located by their offices at Mandela Rhodes Place in the urban centre of Cape Town and the other at Boschendal Wine Farm in the Cape Winelands. These venues will showcase exhibitions by both established and emerging artists as well as host residencies, cultural programs, and educational series.

Currently, Elana sits on the Board of Trustees for Aspire Art Auctions, Lalela Projects, In Residence Foundation and the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust. She is passionate about purpose-driven travel and art experiences across South Africa and Africa.

Khulekani Ndzimande

Trustee

Khulekani Ndzimande

Khulekani Ndzimande works in Corporate Finance at Remgro and he manages the Finance portfolio for the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust. Khulekani has a Bachelor of commerce (Honours) from the University of Cape Town in Financial analysis and portfolio management, so we know the finances are in good hands. He is also on the management team of Stellies Hive, a community organisation which is a platform for young professionals to network in a predominantly student town.

Benefits of Public Art

A vibrant public art programme offers a range of benefits and opportunities for enhancing the urban environment, increasing the use and enjoyment of public space, and building social cohesion. Public Art provides a means of celebrating Stellenbosch’s unique culture, diverse communities and rich history. It offers shared symbols which build social cohesion, contribute to civic pride and help forge a positive identity for the town. Through this art, the town projects its collective identity and vision, while individuals and community groups are also empowered to express their unique identities.

 

Public art supports the creative industries, creating opportunities for artists and designers. Further, public art acts as a catalyst for development and economic growth through innovation, attracting visitors and stimulating investment.

 

Public art also

  • Energises our public spaces

  • Expands our thinking

  • Transforms the places where we live, work and play

  • Creates places of interaction

  • Contributes to tourism offering, attracting new visitors.

  • Sense of civic pride which research shows leads to less crime

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