From March 7 until the end of April the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch hosts a temporary exhibition of the works by all of the finalists in this year's Social Impact Arts Prize. If you are visiting the Cape this autumn it's well worth taking the time to visit the museum in Stellenbosch to see this inspiring exhibition.
Established in 1984 The Rupert Foundation supports a number of non-profit cultural organisations, including the Stellenbosch-based Rupert Museum which was started by the late Anton and Huberte Rupert in the 1940s. The museum showcases the family's unique private art collection, as well as the spectacular Johannesburg Station Panels by early 20th-Century master JH Pierneef, and has undergone a recent renovation, underpinned by the idea of creating a "Museum Without Walls".
Unlike many established art competitions that focus specifically on fine art or a singular artist, the innovative new Social Impact Arts Prize aims to reward arts-based projects and programmes that work in or across the spheres of art-making practices, culinary arts, architecture and placemaking, community culture, technology and digital content. The key requirement to enter the competition is the submission of a compelling project designed specifically to happen in the remote town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape.
The six proposals made by the finalists in the 2020 competition range from indigenous food gardens and a light installation designed to resemble a desert oasis, to an artificial rain cloud installation that also functions as a free wifi hub and digital portal sharing information about community issues.
The winner of the 2020 prize will be announced in a grand gala event at the museum on Thursday March 12 which is open to the public. The Social Impact Art Prize winner will then be given the opportunity to stay in Graaff-Reinet as a resident artist while their proposed site-specific arts-based activity, project or programme is brought to life in.
The Rupert Museum is located on Stellentia Road in Stellenbosch and is open Tue-Sun. Find out more about the museum at rupertmuseum.org and learn more about this year's finalists at socialimpactartsprize.org.