December 2018

19 & 20

Family Weekend | December

Join us on 19 & 20 December for the next edition of Family Weekend:

Yoga in the Sculpture Garden, Family Art Treasure Hunt, Art Book Fair, and more. 

Sunday 20 December
10am - 11am: Yoga in the Sculpture Garden
10:00am - 10:30am: Kid's Yoga
11:30 - 12:30: Wild Soda Kid's Workshop

Get a yoga combo for R250: includes admission into the adult and kid's yoga session, as well as coffee and an orange juice from The Skotnes

All Weekend: 
Family Art Treasure Hunt 
Art Book Fair
Summer Sessions in the Sculpture Garden


Art Book Fair

19 & 20

Cape Town Art Book Fair

The internationally acclaimed South African Youth Choir (SAYC) is one of the most exciting choral projects in the world today. Since its inception in 2005, the choir has showcased its vast abilities on both local and international platform, entertaining a variety of audiences across the globe. The Choir has positioned itself as one of the most sought-after performance choirs in South Africa and regularly performs and records with various local and international artists. The Choir currently consists of 54 high school learners and students between the ages of 13 – 25 years from all over South Africa, representing the diverse cultures of the country. In the true spirit of UBUNTU, the SAYC is a celebration of unity within cultural diversity.

Join us for a night of world-class choral music in Gallery 8, with the option of a three-course dinner before the show at The Skotnes Restaurant.

  • Tickets cost R500 for the show, including dinner.
  • Tickets cost R200 for the show only, excluding dinner.
  • Dinner commences at 18:00 sharp, and the show starts at 20:30. General Members and Art Club Members get 10% discount on dinner tickets.
  • All tickets are inclusive of admission to our galleries which can be enjoyed from 17:00.

Contact events@norvalfoundation.org

Contact events@norvalfoundation.org or click below to book tickets


September 2018

Yinka Shonibare MBE Talk

Norval Foundation is delighted to invite you to a Talk with contemporary artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. In advance of the unveiling of his Wind Sculpture (SG) III next year at the Foundation, Shonibare will speak about the artists, movements and ideas that have influenced his practice. He will also be touching on the importance of making new monuments within an African context. We aim for the Talk to contextualise Wind Sculpture (SG) III within the artist’s larger body of work. Using patterns associated with wax batik fabric, Shonibare engages with a broad range of themes, from the history of European colonialization, Enlightenment thought, globalization and the movement of peoples, to the art historical canon. He became well known in the early 2000s for tableau-like installations that referenced seminal paintings, exposing their sexual, moral and colonial underpinnings, such as The Swing (after Fragonard) (2001).

The Talk starts at 6pm sharp and is appropriate for all ages; no formal art education is required.

RSVP via our website is essential.


September 2018

Exhibition Opening and Talk – Batlhaping Ba Re!: Mmakgabo Mapula Helen Sebidi

Batlhaping Ba Re! is a solo exhibition by Mmakgabo Mapula Helen Sebidi (born 1943, South Africa) featuring paintings, etchings and a sculpture from a career spanning five decades. The exhibition reflects on Sebidi’s continuous dedication to mythologies, ancestry and traditional value systems, and highlights the innovations that have characterised the artist’s practice in recent years.

Batlhaping Ba Re! foregrounds the notion of the sonic and is an invitation to metaphorically ‘listen’ to Sebidi’s two-dimensional artworks. Beyond experiencing the work visually, viewers are invited to imagine what Batlhaping are sharing with us in Sebidi’s overpopulated, haunting and phantasmagorical depictions of the human.

Through her unique depiction of the human figure, we come to appreciate Sebidi’s representation of different forms of black being, and a search into the relationship between humanism, spiritualism and the contemporary black African condition.

Join us in celebrating the exhibition opening, featuring the exhibition’s curator, Portia Malatjie, in dialogue with the Mmakgabo Mapula Helen Sebidi.

The combined event starts at 4pm and is appropriate for all ages; no formal art education is required.

RSVP via our website is essential.


August 2018

Ibrahim Mahama Talk 

Norval Foundation invites you to a Talk with contemporary artist Ibrahim Mahama. Mahama, who was born and is currently based in Ghana, transforms found materials into artworks that explore Africa’s role in the global exchange of commodities and comments on how labour is valued. Humble, second hand materials, such as hessian sacks, shoe shine kits and ambulance stretchers, are employed in the creation of ambitious installations and architectural interventions that have been installed in public spaces, museums and on buildings around the world.

In advance of Mahama’s exhibition in 2019, Norval Foundation is hosting a Talk by the artist addressing some of the ideas within his practice.

The Talk starts at 3pm sharp and is appropriate for all ages; no formal art education is required.

RSVP via our website is essential.


August 2018

A Talk on Bronze 
Bronze sculptures and reliefs have survived millennia, giving us a window onto the cultural life of societies we would otherwise know very little about. Truly global in its application, bronze tells a story of artistic and technical innovation in contexts as varied as Denmark, India and Nigeria, and, as a material, has been at the centre of artistic innovation.

We are delighted to invite you to a Talk by Karel Nel (Norval Foundation), and Owen Martin (Norval Foundation) focusing on the history of bronze. Using examples from our current exhibition Re/discovery and Memory, this Talk will place the sculptural work of Ezrom Legae, Sydney Kumalo and Edoardo Villa within a global context.

Norval Foundation has invited Otto Du Plessis from Bronze Age Art Foundry, a casting specialist, to speak about the complex casting process and technical aspects of working with bronze. No formal art education is needed and the Talk is appropriate for all ages.

The Talk is free with museum admission or membership, and begins at 2pm sharp in Norval Foundation’s library. You may book your seat below: members will gain free admission, and non-members will need to pay admission fee at the front desk.


August 2018

Women’s Day High Tea & Bubbly 
Join us for high tea & bubbly on Women’s day, from 10:30 – 12:30 in Norval Foundation’s Apartment


  • Tammy Tinker Pudel, Creative Consultant, in conversation with
  • Zizipho Poswa, Co-Founder of Imiso Ceramics, and
  • Chrystal Birch, Founder of The Chrystal Birch Millner and Designer



July 2018 

Sculpture Garden Tour with Keith Kirsten
Take a tour of our Sculpture Garden with Keith Kirsten. He is one of South Africa’s most renowned gardeners and world-acclaimed horticulturalists, who has meticulously revived and beautified this natural space. Keith has informed, entertained and inspired gardening enthusiasts for more than 30 years, and will personally lead a tour that tells the story of the rehabilitation of this unique wetland exhibition space.

The tour takes place on July 19th from 10:30 – 12:30, and tickets are R300 per person including tea and scones in The Skotnes Restaurant. General Members get 10% off, and Art Club Members get 20% off.

Book online below or contact tours@norvalfoundation.org to book your spot.

July 2018

Hildegard Lernt Fliegen (SUI)

Hildegard Lernt Fliegen is an ambitious and daring sextet from Switzerland that features some of Europe’s top jazz musicians. The group is on a quest for musical ingenuity and walk a continuous tightrope between jazzy exuberance and quirky humour.

Join us for a night of jazz, Gluhwein and winter comfort food at The Skotnes restaurant, with a performance in Gallery 8 thereafter.

Tickets cost R450 for the performance and includes Dinner & Gluhwein
Tickets cost R200 for the performance only, excluding dinner.

Dinner commences at 17:30, and the show will start at 20:30 sharp.

General Members get 10% off, and Art Club Members get 20% off.

Book online below or contact events@norvalfoundation.org


June 2018

Kyle Shepherd Performance
The Norval Foundation concert programme kicks off with an intimate performance by Kyle Shepherd in Gallery 8. Kyle Shepherd is arguably one of South Africa’s leading progressive pianists, composers and bandleaders of his generation. Internationally recognised for his distinctive compositional style and performances, Shepherd has made a huge impression on debut as a film score composer for the critically acclaimed film, Noem My Skollie. 

Join us for a dinner on June 9th from 18:30 – 22.30 at The Skotnes Restaurant and a performance in Gallery 8 thereafter.

Tickets cost R435 for the performance and include the three-course dinner.
Tickets cost R200 for the performance only, without dinner included.

Book online below or contact events@norvalfoundation.org