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Change the world

13 April - 13 May 2022


Bird Street Gallery

20 Bird Street, Central, Gqeberha


Mon - Fri, 9h00 - 16h00

08 July 2021
The Pop-Up Collective

24 February 2021
Fine Art IV Exhibition

23 September 2020
Materiality <> Temporality

05 February 2020
MA Candidate Exhibition


An exhibition highlighting the creativity of Nelson Mandela University’s Visual Arts master's students Micaela Scholtz and Pola Maneli, presenting their respective bodies of work for examination.


The exhibition of Nelson Mandela University masters candidate Jade Staples, which opens at Bird Street Gallery on the 28th of November, presents a body of work which deals with female experiences as they relate to contemporary gender issues.

Titled To know my place, the exhibition comprises of five performative films and an installation which engages with social media. A personal exhibition which draws closely from the artists own subjective experience but also from interviews conducted with other women, this body of work looks at how women perform their gender both in real life and online through social media platforms like Instagram. The work speaks to issues surrounding femininity, body shaming, female sexual expression and the pressures women experience to enter into marriage and motherhood.

08 November 2019
2019 Graduate Exhibition

The exhibition will feature works by 26 Fine Arts students from the department
completing their third and fourth year of studies. All work on show forms part
of the students’ submissions towards achieving their Bachelor and BTech
Degrees in Visual Arts. The exhibition is an important event in the students’
careers as young creatives, marking a significant milestone in their studies as
well as affording them the opportunity to exhibit their work in a public gallery
The exhibition will include a broad range of work and art media, including
ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, video, book
arts and pieces combining a number of different disciplines and techniques.

멀리있는 섬 [A Far-off Islet]:
The Art of North Korea

The exhibition, curated by doctoral student Ruehl Muller, is a collaboration between the Faculty of Arts, the Department of Visual Arts, the Bird Street Gallery and the Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Featuring contemporary works hitherto unseen outside the country, the exhibition presents a rare glimpse into the often misunderstood “far-off islet” that is modern North Korea. The Socialist Realist works, imbued with rich metaphor, speak to the nation’s adaptive sense of self. The individual works on view come from a place of praxis rather than theory, reflecting the abstract aspirations of the masses and giving these tangibility.

This exhibition acts as a point of departure for Ruehl Muller’s research, which seeks to demystify the guiding philosophy of North Korea through an analysis of its aesthetics.

11 September 2019

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Department of Visual Arts, the Bird Street Gallery, and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. It features a curation of contemporary and historical artworks by noteworthy South African Artists, drawn from the NMMAM permanent collection. The works speak in their own ways about the identities, dynamics and the power relations of SA society, both past and present, and they can be read and interpreted by contemporary viewers through the intersectional lenses of gender, class, race and place.

2017 Gerard Sekoto Award Winner, Banele Khoza's collection of works reflects the complex nature of love, how important it is to acknowledge the hearts' desires and to also learn self-love – which he wants people to walk away from the exhibition thinking about.

The Loerie Awards is the highest recognition of creative excellence in Africa and the Middle East and is one of the most sought-after accolades in the creative, communication and media industry worldwide. Being one of the provinces that produces many of the country’s top creative talents, the exhibition aims to inspire the next generation of media, branding and communication professionals to emulate and surpass the quality of work to be exhibited.

The 6th leg of the nation-wide exhibition will be on view from July 24 – 26 2019 from 9am to 3pm. 

The official opening of the exhibition will held on the 23rd of July, commencing at 18:00 at the Nelson Mandela University Bird Street Gallery in Central. 

For more information, contact Senzo Xulu on or 0723337596.


Holding up the Darkening Sky is the latest exhibition to be hosted by Nelson Mandela University Department of Visual Arts, at its Bird Street Gallery, and is a retrospective of the work of alumnus, Ethna Frankenfeld. The exhibition spans the period from the 1970s to shortly before her death in 2014 and features a spectrum of her creative practice, especially that which she created during the period from 2012 – 2013, whilst coping with debilitating illness.

Holding up the Darkening Sky is an official National Arts Festival Fringe exhibition
12 June - 12 July, 09:00-15:00 weekdays
27 June - 7 July, 09:00-17:00 daily


06 May 2019
My Paris

Nelson Mandela University’s Bird Street Gallery is showing My Paris - an exhibition of work by Peter Glendinning, Professor of Photography at Michigan State University, who is currently the artist in residence at the Department of Visual Arts.


On view is Unpacking the Archive, an exhibition of prints, drawings and ceramics from our department’s teaching collection.

Guests are invited to participate in an Exquisite Corpse project – a collective drawing response to word poem prompts focused on time and place, and on the works on view. The Exquisite Corpse artwork can be added to by its audiences until during gallery hours from 17 May , with a special early evening event on the evening of Wednesday 22 May.





10 April 2019
Exhibition: We are
The Visual Arts Department in the School of Music, Art and Design invites you to attend:
An exhibition showcasing student work from the COLLAB workshop with visiting performance artist Sethembile Msezane.

12 March 2019
We are Present

The Visual Arts Department in the School of Music, Art and Design invites you to attend the opening of We Are Present, an exhibition showcasing staff and senior students.

The exhibition is staged in a conceptual conjunction with the university’s Dalibhunga – This time? That Mandela? Colloquium.

The Nelson Mandela University invites you to attend an exhibition opening  featuring the work of artists: 
Michael Barry / Garth Erasmus 
with Mikale Barry / Jarret Erasmus / Lynston Erasmus

29 June 2018
Intersections 100/135

The Nelson Mandela University's Visual Arts Department invites you to attend:


Intersection 100/135: A National Arts Festival 2018 Fringe exhibition.

The Visual Arts Department at the Nelson Mandela University, in collaboration with Ceramics SA Eastern Cape, invite you to attend:

Black and White: A ceramics exhibition 


The Visual Arts Department in the School of Music, Art and Design invites you to attend the opening of the Master's Graduate Exhibition:

Luyt (Ceramics), Walmsley (Sculpture), Van der Walt (Photography)

Showcasing the Visual Arts students’ studio work for the year of 2017 in the disciplines of Fine Art (Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Stained Glass, Printmaking & Illustration), Photography, Graphic Design, Textile Design and Interior Design.

The Visual Arts Department in the School of Music, Art and Design invites you to attend the opening of:

The Master’s Graduate Exhibition


Showcasing the studio work of Nelson Mandela University Visual Arts Master’s student:

Robyn Larkin (M Tech Photography)

Skin Deep: A photographic exploration of the discrimination against Persons with Albinism in Sub-Saharan Africa.


12 March - 6 April 2018

The Bird Street Gallery is exhibiting the work of award-winning artist, and academic, Nomusa Makhubu. The exhibition provides a comprehensive survey of Makhubu's key themes over the course of  fourteen years. 

Her practice is lens based, and through the medium of photography she explores issues of identity and particularly the sensitive issue of representation/self-representation.