Spier Contemporary is presented by the Africa Centre. Founded in 2005, as a not-for-profit organisation, the Africa Centre creates a platform for exploring contemporary Pan-African artistic practice and art identity as a catalyst for social change. It provides a new arts and cultural voice in Africa, for Africans. For a range of historical, political and economic reasons, many of the important collections and productions of African art today are located/performed outside of Africa.
As a result, Africans living on the continent have limited access to their own artistic heritage and the work of contemporary practitioners. Based in South Africa, the Africa Centre is both a physical entity and an ongoing philosophical journey that aims to redress some of these imbalances. Its objectives are to: celebrate both the visual and performance heritages of Africa; formulate innovative models for presenting, debating and encouraging the production of art; provide broad access to the creative work and ideas of historical and contemporary African artists; and re-examine the role, identity, transience and creation of art.
Spier Contemporary is part of a fleet of projects presented by the Africa Centre, which include:
- Infecting the City – a public arts festival that stages and exhibits free high-quality, thought-provoking works in the communal spaces of Cape Town accessible to everybody. www.infectingthecity.com
- Badilisha! Poetry X-Change – a celebration of languages, cultures and styles of presenting poetry through two annual live poetry events and a new internet based radio station. www.badilishapoetry.com
- Pan-African Space Station – a genre-busting exploration of global African music. The project is comprised of a 30-day annual festival in Cape Town and an online radio station that operates throughout the year. www.panafricanspacestation.org.za
- Space for Pan African Research Creation and Knowledge (SPARCK) – an artist-in-residency programme based in Senegal, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Africa.
To find out more about the Africa Centre’s current programmes and approach, visit www.africacentre.net