Art & Design Saturday at Keyes

Art & Design Saturday at Keyes

The November edition of Art&Design Saturday at Keyes Art Mile is proud to partner with the Friends of Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) to commemorate the 40th anniversary of FUBA, the Federated Union of Black Artists. 

Taking place on November 17th, the exhibition of selected artworks, artefacts and documents is a celebration of the movement’s extraordinary legacy—in particular its influence on the development of late 20th Century South African art, including the Resistance Art movement during apartheid. Importantly, the exhibition also marks the grant awarded to Friends of JAG by the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. 

To be used for the FUBA Archive located at JAG, the grant will be signed at a special event at Keyes Art Mile on November 15th organised by JAG, Friends of JAG, the City of Joburg and the U.S. Embassy. Alumni of the movement include artists such as David Koloane, Johannes Phokela, Samson Mnisi, Thomas Nkuna, Eunice Khulu, Vincent Baloyi, Tony Nkotsi, Bongiwe Dhlomo, Kagiso Pat Mautloa, Dumisani Mabaso, Kay Hassan, Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi and Durant Sihale, just to name a few, and works by select FUBA artists will form the heart of the Art&Design Saturday event. 

MESH Cinema will host a panel discussion featuring art consultant and chairperson of Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, Makgati Molebatsi in conversation with FUBA teacher Bongiwe Dhlomo and alumni, Motsumi Makhene and Johannes Phokela. Starting at 11h30, this will provide rare insight into this important historical resource. FUBA was established in 1978 to support black visual artists and other creatives during apartheid. It played a pivotal role in advancing many careers at a time when apartheid dispensation allowed for few other alternatives. 

Indeed the Bantu Education Act of 1953 is generally seen as a measure directed at downgrading schooling for black youth, to restrict them to the unskilled labour market. Johannesburg-based FUBA provided an alternative for aspirant black artists, and its legacy is evident in the significant list of students and lecturers associated with the Centre. These include David Koloane (FUBA’s first curator), Durant Sihali, Sam Nhlengethwa and Bongiwe Dhlomo—all renowned figures of 20th century South African art. JAG’s FUBA archive represents a significant contribution to the Centre’s legacy and is of cultural significance to the whole of South Africa. 

However, lack of funding means that much of the archive is in danger of deterioration. Insufficient storage and much needed preservation and restoration pose the greatest threat. The grant awarded to Friends of JAG by the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation is therefore an important step towards ensuring the continued, living presence of this historic archive. 


Sat 17 Nov 2018
10:00 pm


Keyes Art Mile
19 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank

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Commemorating the 40th anniversary of FUBA