TRUST Registration IT001927/2016(C)
• To manage and exhibit the Denis Goldberg art collection
• To establish a library of works in whatever medium which will contribute to education and skills development in the fields of arts and culture;
• To provide opportunities for the development of young artists in South Africa, and to provide opportunities for them to exhibit and sell their works;
• To generate publicity and marketing opportunities which will showcase the work done by the Kronendal Music Academy of Hout Bay;
• To raise funds for these objectives
Asked why he was setting up this foundation Denis Goldberg said: “When you reach the autumn of your life (maybe the start of winter!) you reflect on your life and what you leave behind. I have two predominant feelings: first that while our beautiful South Africa is imperfect, what a marvel it is to see how far our people have come from a past of so much suffering to generosity and compassion; and at a personal level, I’m not done yet!”
“My hope is that this will be the capstone of my life: the creation of an arts and culture centre in Hout Bay, Cape Town where I live. We have to bring together people of all walks of life to develop their skills and celebrate our shared humanity if we are to really overcome the divisive and painful legacy of apartheid inhumanity.”
“It is a vision that combines the passions of my life: the creation of cohesive, non-racial and non-prejudiced communities; the realisation of young people’s potential and a celebration of creativity and expression.”
“Creativity means so much to me personally. After the long dark years of confinement and restriction, I still can’t describe the sheer joy and unrestricted pleasure seeing and experiencing bright, emotional and expressive art brings me. Not only that, I’ve also seen how art and creativity can bring people together. It inspires people to see beyond their differences, express themselves authentically and learn about one another. When you’re still in the process of building a community from a long and difficult history, as we are in Hout Bay, there’s nothing more important.”
“Creating a beautiful space for this to happen, where young people, our future, and grownups can develop those vital creative and expressive skills will be my lasting contribution to the future of Hout Bay, which has been my home for so long. It is a place and community that has given me so much joy, peace and fulfilment after a lifetime filled with a lot of happiness but also far too much sorrow and solitude.”
Hout Bay Context
Hout Bay is a suburb of Cape Town surrounded by mountains and the sea. It represents a microcosm of the development challenges facing Cape Town and South Africa including unemployment, social division, and distrust. These challenges manifest in complex problems such as the housing shortage and divisive community leadership. Amongst these challenges, Hout Bay retains a sense of community. It is home to people of talents and resources, and has a diverse set of players with the goodwill and drive to achieve positive outcomes.
We are fortunate to have the support of the Hout Bay Partnership which is itself a partnership between local business people and the Cape Town City Council.
We have taken advice from the noted philanthropy consultants Shelagh Gastrow and Amanda Bloch on the structure of my Foundation.
To create an iconic and vibrant performing arts, cultural and educational centre in the heart of Hout Bay that represents today the best of who we want to be in the future. The building will be iconic, beautiful and a statement about the future of Hout Bay. The centre will house Denis Goldberg’s extensive Southern African and African art collection. It will be a building and space that celebrates human dignity, cultural diversity and our talent. It will be a space for nurturing dreams and for facilitating the translation of these dreams into reality, through education and arts. It will be a welcoming meeting space for all who live in Hout Bay – rich and poor, local and immigrant. It will be a performance space for drama, art, music and dance.
The Talent is the Inspiration
Hout Bay is full of talent just waiting to be fostered and showcased with more than 70 community organizations and groups operating in Hout Bay who desperately need space to fulfil their potential. These groups engage the bodies and minds of people, especially young people, through dance, music, speech and drama. We need to add painting, sculpture, photography and film making.
Your support is needed to make this happen for all the young people of Hout Bay who deserve to live a life not determined by the scars of our past but, in the words of another activist, the content of their character.
The Arts and Culture Centre will have an art gallery to which Denis is donating his extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, carvings and ceramics, a library of books on art, CDs,and DVDs. It will have study rooms, and be home to the Kronendal Music Academy of Hout Bay and other organizations promoting dance and other performing and creative arts. There will be a 200 to 250 seat performance auditorium.
The Hout Bay Museum Trust is enthusiastic about this Art and Culture Centre sharing their site which is accessible to all in Hout Bay and the City. A long term lease with the Museum Trust will ensure a strong synergy between the museum and the new cultural centre that will strengthen both. It will also create several jobs.
Jo Noero** is an internationally renowned architect. He lives in Hout Bay. He will design the buildings as his donation to the community. Advocate André Oosthuizen*** and his lawyer wife Kinni also live in Hout Bay and they are contributing the legal work to set up the Foundation.
Realizing this vision will benefit the wider Hout Bay Community and the city. It will turn the Museum into a viable tourist attraction as part of a more comprehensive civic amenity. It will stimulate an arts and cultural renaissance in Hout Bay, interacting with its three historically divided communities to help us to become one community and greatly stimulate tourism. All of this will create jobs and incomes in an area of high unemployment. A group of voluntary experts is already at work and we need more people to contribute to resource planning and raising funding.
*Denis Goldberg is a first generation South African born 1933. The son of immigrant parents who were actively opposed to apartheid he learned in early childhood to respect all people and became politically active against apartheid. Sentenced in Rivonia Trial 1963- 1964 with Nelson Mandela and others to life imprisonment for participation in the armed struggle against apartheid. After 22 years in prison he resumed political activity in 1985. When apartheid ended in 1994 he set up Community H.E.A.R.T. welfare fund to support social projects in South Africa.
** Jo Noero has been the recipient of several local and international awards, including the Ralph Erskine Prize from the Nordic Association of Architects in 1993, the Lubetkin Prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2006, and the Gold Medal for Architecture from the South African Institute of Architects in 2010; Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2015. The Fellowship is awarded to architects “of esteemed character and distinguished achievements Noero’s work has been exhibited at MoMA in New York, the Venice Biennale, the Sao Paolo Biennale, the Singapore Biennale and the National Gallery of Art in Cape Town. He was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA in 2001 and an International Fellow in 2010. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and an Alumnus of the Salzburg Seminar.
*** André Oosthuizen is a lawyer who specialises in commercial, intellectual property and sports law, and lives in Hout Bay in Cape Town, South Africa. He is extensively involved in community upliftment projects, particularly in the areas of youth development, poverty relief and job creation. He has written two books, and has recently launched the Light a Brief Candle website, which is dedicated to community upliftment work and philosophy (http://www.lightabriefcandle.com).