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  • New temporary display, 2019 Year of the Fly, now open.

    3 July 2019

    2019 was formally designated as international "Year of the Fly" at the 9th International Congress of Dipterology in Windhoek, Namibia in November 2018.

    “Year of the fly” is intended to educate the general public about the importance, diversity and splendour of flies and the roles they play in our lives and the environment.

    Many people view flies as nuisance animals that carry disease and bring irritation, and the intention is to challenge that public perception by showcasing their other roles, such as being important pollinators, decomposers, predators and biological control agents of other pests.

    Year of the fly is being celebrated worldwide with numerous museums and institutions running events to bring the fascinating world of flies to the forefront, revealing it to a much wider audience than just the scientific community.

    We would like to invite the public to come and experience the world of flies at the National Museum’s temporary “Year of the fly” display, which will be running until September.

    Burgert Muller

    Senior Museum Scientist: Terrestrial Invertebrates

  • RE: PRESS RELEASE FOR INVITATION TO ARTISTS TO SUBMIT ARTWORK TO ARTBANKSA

    15 May 2019

    Open Date:                                         10 May 2019

    Deadline:                                             12 July 2019

     

    South African artists are invited to apply for their contemporary artwork to be considered for acquisition by the Art Bank of South Africa (artbankSA). The artbankSA annually considers acquiring special pieces of art for its own growing permanent collection.

    The artbankSA is tasked with purchasing artworks from South African artists, particularly that of emerging artists in order to lease and sell the artworks to South African government departments, private companies and private individuals. It is a national programme of the Department of Arts and Culture as part of the Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) strategy implementation and is hosted by the National Museum Bloemfontein, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture. The vision of the artbankSA is to promote, foster and stimulate a vibrant market for the collection of South African contemporary visual art.

    The artbankSA will achieve this vision by;

    -          Curating a definitive collection of contemporary South African visual art.

    -          Promoting financial sustainability for the artists and Art Bank of South Africa through the leasing of art. 

    -          Nurturing emerging South African artists by expanding the market for their work and providing skills development opportunities.  

    -          Fostering an appreciation for contemporary art by making art accessible to the broader public in their workplaces and shared spaces.

    Invitation to apply for artwork to be considered for acquisition by the Art Bank of South Africa

    Criteria for submissions

    Submissions can be sent via email or post. Artists are required to meet the following criteria:

    -          A detailed submission form is required with each submission. Submission forms can be found on the Art Bank of South Africa Facebook Page and the National Museum Bloemfontein website www.nasmus.co.za

    -          Artists may submit a maximum of five original artworks for consideration.

    -          Artwork can be submitted in any medium.

    -          Artwork must have been created by the artist after September 2018.

    -          Artwork must be of a superior quality and representative of South African contemporary art.

    -          The artist/artist representative will be required to register on the Central Database System (CSD) and be SARS tax compliant.

    The decision of the Acquisition Committee will be final and ONLY successful applicants will be contacted about collection and couriering of artwork to the exhibition venue in due course.

    -          Three dimension submissions must be accompanied by images which are sufficient to portray the image in all its dimensions.

    -          Clearly indicate the sale price of the artwork including VAT (where applicable) and any other costs.

    Non adherence to the above criteria will result in the application becoming disqualified. Only original, ready for purchase, artwork will be considered.

    The artbankSA Acquisition Committee

    The nine member acquisitions committee will oversee the selection process; approve and make recommendations of artworks for purchase.

    Closing Date

    The deadline for submissions is 12pm on Friday, 12 Juy 2019. All completed submissions must be emailed to artbank2 [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za or posted for ATT: ArtbankSA, National Museum Bloemfontein, 36 Aliwal Street, Bloemfontein, 9300. Queries must be submitted in writing to the artbank2 [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

    Download Application form HERE

    Download Submission Guidelines HERE

  • Christmas Fun Holiday programme

    6 December 2018

    The education department of the National Museum hosted a Christmas Fun Holiday programme from 3 to 5 December 2018. The children who attended the programme made a Christmas card, Christmas cracker and a Christmas tree. Call us on 0514479609 for more information on other fun-filled educational events in 2019. We looking forward to meeting you.

  • Batho celebrates a century

    16 October 2018

    This year Mangaung’s well-known Batho-township is hundred years old. In 1918 the then Municipality of Bloemfontein decided to demolish the old Waaihoek location and move all residents to a new township situated south of the Cape Town-Johannesburg railway track. Batho, which was considered a so-called ‘model location’, had been one of the National Museum’s focal areas during the past ten years mainly because of the Batho Community History Project that was launched there.

    To celebrate Batho’s centenary a special commemorative event was held at the National Museum on 21 September. Song and dance items, which focussed on Batho’s history and culture, were presented by pre-schoolers from Susanna Ollemans Créche, learners from Mangaung Primary School and Sehunelo Secondary School, and a choir which consisted of 40 elderly from Batho. The proceedings were concluded with the opening of a new temporary exhibition on Batho’s gardens and gardening culture. The exhibition may be viewed until the end of December 2018.

  • INVITATION TO SOUTH AFRICAN ARTIST TO SUBMIT ARTWORK FOR EXHIBITION AND/OR ACQUISITION

    1 October 2018

    Art Bank of South Africa

      Fresh from a successful launch exhibition in Bloemfontein December 2017 the Art Bank of South Africa (artbankSA) will be exhibiting in Johannesburg in November 2018. ArtbankSA will be showcasing the best of South African contemporary art, primarily the work of emerging artists. This is a call to South African artists to submit artwork to be considered for the exhibition.  

    Background

      The Art Bank of South Africa is a national programme of the Department of Arts and Culture as part of the Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) strategy implementation. ArtbankSA is hosted by the National Museum Bloemfontein, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture. The vision of the artbankSA is to promote, foster and stimulate a vibrant market for the collection of South African contemporary visual art.   ArtbankSA will achieve this vision by;
    • Curating a definitive collection of contemporary South African visual art.
    • Promoting financial sustainability for the artists and Art Bank of South Africa through the leasing.
    • Nurturing emerging South African artists by expanding the market for their work and providing skills development opportunities.
    • Fostering an appreciation for contemporary art by making art accessible to the broader public in their workplaces, shared spaces, and homes.

    Invitation to apply for artwork to be considered for the exhibition and/or acquisition by the Art Bank of South Africa

      South African artists are invited to apply for their contemporary artwork to be showcased at the Johannesburg launch exhibition. Artists who are selected to participate in the exhibition will be profiled and showcased. In addition, their art will be made available for sale during the Launch Exhibition. The artbankSA annually considers acquiring special pieces of art for its own growing permanent collection. The acquisition will be made from the artworks that will be selected for exhibition.  

    Criteria for submissions

      All submissions are to be made electronically. Artists are required to meet the following criteria:
    • A detailed submission form is required with each submission. Submission forms can be found on the National Museum Bloemfontein website
    • Artists may submit a maximum of five original artworks for consideration.
    • Artwork can be submitted in any medium.
    • Artwork must have been created by the artist in the last 24 months.
    • Artwork must be of a superior quality and representative of South African contemporary art. The decision of the Acquisition Committee will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into concerning any submissions.
    • Three dimension submissions must be accompanied by images which are sufficient to portray the image in all its dimensions.
    • Indicate the sale price of the artwork including VAT (where applicable) and any other costs.
    Non adherence to the above criteria will result in the application becoming disqualified. Only original, ready for purchase, artwork will be considered.  

    The artbankSA Acquisition Committee

      The acquisitions committee will oversee the selection process; approve and make recommendations of artworks for to be exhibited and/or purchased.  

    Closing Date

      The deadline for submissions is 12pm on Friday, 12 October 2018. All completed submissions must be emailed to artbank2 [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za">artbank2 [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za Queries must be submitted in writing to the same address. Only successful applicants will be contacted about collection and couriering of artwork to the exhibition venue within 14 days after the closing date.
  • New temporary exhibition | Ancient monster: A look at the origin of mammals.

    10 July 2018

    The Karoo Palaeontology Department at the National Museum, Bloemfontein is proud to announce a new temporary exhibit showcasing the department’s exceptional fossils that demonstrate one of the most significant transitions in evolutionary history – the evolution of mammals. Known as therapsids, they are the precursors to modern mammals and represent some 75 million years of pre-mammalian evolution. Although not as big as some of the largest dinosaurs, they still include some of the most frightening carnivores of the time, such as the sabre-toothed gorgonopsians, as well as the tiniest non-mammaliaform cynodonts, the closest relatives to mammals.Come and see these amazing fossils from the South African Karoo, many of which were discovered in the Free State, and learn about the ancestors of mammals.

  • Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) NEWS

    3 July 2018

    The National Museum is proud to be hosting the 20th Biennial Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) from 4-6 July 2018. It is the largest palaeontological meeting in southern Africa and attracts scientists from all around the globe. This year more than 80 scientists from seven countries will be presenting their latest, exciting research from 260 million year old insect-plant interactions and the transition from fish to amphibians, to early dinosaur and pre-mammalian palaeobiology, and the evolution of endurance running in the first humans.

    The National Museum boasts three departments, namely Karoo Palaeontology, Florisbad Quaternary Research and Archaeology that are actively involved in South African palaeozoological and palaeobotanical research. Researchers in the Archaeological Department use fossil plants to reconstruct ancient palaeoenvironments. The Karoo Palaeontology Department houses more than 4000 vertebrate fossils ranging from 260-190 million years old and fully equipped fossil preparation and osteohistology laboratories. The Florisbad Quaternary Research Department manages the world-renowned Florisbad research site, from where the 260 000 year old archaic human skull of “Florisbad man” was discovered, and holds the largest modern mammal osteological collection in South Africa.

    Many exciting fossil discoveries have been made and considerable new important research conducted since the PSSA was last held in Bloemfontein in 2002, making the National Museum the ideal venue for the 20th PSSA in 2018.

  • New temporary exhibition | Ancient monster: A look at the origin of mammals.

    29 June 2018

    The Karoo Palaeontology Department at the National Museum, Bloemfontein is proud to announce a new temporary exhibit showcasing the department’s exceptional fossils that demonstrate one of the most significant transitions in evolutionary history – the evolution of mammals. Known as therapsids, they are the precursors to modern mammals and represent some 75 million years of pre-mammalian evolution. Although not as big as some of the largest dinosaurs, they still include some of the most frightening carnivores of the time, such as the sabre-toothed gorgonopsians, as well as the tiniest non-mammaliaform cynodonts, the closest relatives to mammals.Come and see these amazing fossils from the South African Karoo, many of which were discovered in the Free State, and learn about the ancestors of mammals.