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Beyond Museum Walls

Cape Town, July 2016 — Visitors to the V&A Waterfront may have noticed a subtle change in the iconic landmark’s surroundings over the past two years, as a number of sizable outdoor artworks and sculptures have found homes nestled in public plazas and open spaces around the property.

The artworks form part of the V&A Waterfront Art in Public Places Programme, which has seen works by talented artists from around the African continent and beyond such as Noria Mabasa, Mohau Modisakeng, Cameron Platter, Carl Frederik Reuterswärd, Claudette Schreuders, and Gavin Young, make their way to the Waterfront as permanent installations in public spaces.

Come the V&A Waterfront’s inaugural Museum Night this Thursday, 14 July, another sculpture will be added to the growing collection at the water’s edge, further bolstering the already impressive collection of quality outdoor artworks.Museum Night visitors and art aficionados can make their way to the Elevated Plaza at the Silo District (between the Allan Gray and Nedbank buildings) for the unveiling of Kyle Morland’s Falsework IV at 5pm on the evening. The monumental sculpture is on long loan to the V&A Waterfront from Cape Town’s The New Church Museum. Visitors will also be able to embark on self-guided tours of the outdoor artwork across the property by collecting maps from info points around the V&A Waterfront. Museum night takes place from 5 to 9pm.

Already one of the most iconic cultural hubs in the country, and soon to be the home of the state-of-the-art Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) when it opens in September 2017, the V&A Waterfront has made a substantial commitment to raising the public profile of art in South Africa.

Included in this is the idea that the artistry of those exhibiting in Zeitz MOCAA should not be confined within the museum’s walls; instead, the museum’s artistry should spill out onto the rest of the property, with the outdoor areas becoming something of an open air art gallery the public could appreciate.

Sculptures included in the V&A Waterfront Art in Public Places Programme are on view, free of charge, year round, 24 hours a day.

More information on the V&A Waterfront’s Art in Public Places Programme can be found on


Thursday, 15 July 2016

5 to 9pm

Activity Description Time Venue Cost
“Escape By Night” Screenings “Escape By Night” is a one-hour programme of New Media works from Zeitz MOCAA, curated by Owen Martin and Gcotyelwa Mashiqa. Screenings at 5, 6, 7, and 8pm V&A Amphitheatre and Quay 5 Free
Thomas Heatherwick Zeitz MOCAA Design Exhibition Exhibition of models, videos, photographs, etc. by Heatherwick Studios explaining the new home of Zeitz MOCAA in the historic Grain Silo. Guided tours every 15 minutes from 5 to 9pm Scheryn Pavilion, Bascule Bridge, North Wharf Free
Public unveiling of new sculpture:

Falsework IV by Kyle Morland

Kyle Morland’s sculpture,Falsework IV, will be unveiled at its new home in the Silo District. 5pm Elevated Plaza, Silo District (between Nedbank and Allan Gray Buildings) Free
Self-Guided Art in Public Places Tours Tour the seven outdoor sculptures at the V&A Waterfront to experience the Art in Public Places Programme in effect (maps provided) Self-guided tours between 5 and 9pm Elevated Plaza, Silo District (between Nedbank and Allan Gray Buildings) Free


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