Iziko William Fehr Collection at the Castle of Good Hope

Fired Exhibition

Fired Exhibition, ceramics ,

SEE LISTING Let's Play Safe-2 (det)

Jiten Thukrai and Sumir Tagra
Let's Play Safe-2 (det), Mixed media ,


Castle of Good Hope, Opposite the Grand Parade, C/O Darling and Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, 8001


Hours: Daily 09:00 - 16:00 | Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day | Entrance Fees: Adults R30.00 (Sunday R 20.00); 5 to 18 years R 15.00 (Sunday R 5.00); SA students R 15.00 (Sunday R 5.00); SA pensioners R 15.00 (Sunday R 10.00); Children under 5 years free


Various artists at Iziko William Fehr Collection at the Castle of Good Hope

'Fired' is a semi-permanent exhibition of South African ceramics at the Granary in the Castle of Good Hope which opens on 26 February 2012.

Ceramics, shaped by human hands and transformed by fire, is simultaneously art and craft, durable yet fragile, embodying both abstract ideas and practical utility. The exhibition celebrates the artistry of southern African potters and ceramic artists from the archaeological past to the present. Drawn from the vast collections of the Iziko Social History department, the exhibition reflects the coming together of museum collections, previously separated by apartheid. Focusing mainly on ceramics made or used in South Africa, the exhibition brings together the work of rural African potters, local studio pottery, imported wares of historical significance and contemporary ceramics. It embraces the diversity of both locally-made ceramics and those that found their way to southern Africa through networks of trade and commerce. The objects on exhibition have been collected over almost a century through archaeological excavation, fieldtrips, donations, sponsorships, purchases from commercial galleries and at auction, or acquired directly from artists.

‘Fired’ can be viewed daily from 9.30am - 3.30pm, except on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

26 February 2012 - 13 August 2012

Various Artists at Iziko William Fehr Collection at the Castle of Good Hope

'Not Alone', an international project of MAKE ART/STOP AIDS features the work of artists from Brazil, USA, India and South Africa. Through the power of art, the exhibition draws attention to the capacity for international solidarity to lessen the impact of the AIDS epidemic, and to the importance of access to effective treatment.

On show is the work of American artist Daniel Goldstein, who with John Kapella created Medicine Man (2007), utilising nearly 300 medication bottles required to sustain the lives of the two artists, their friends and lovers. Daniel Goldstein is in Cape Town until mid-November working at the Castle to create another Medicine Man installation, this time using ARV medication bottles found locally.

Also look out for the Keiskamma Altarpiece, embroidered and beaded by the community of Hamburg to celebrate being given access to antiretroviral treatment, which is on display at the Iziko Slave Lodge.

08 November 2009 - 31 January 2010