Parliament of South Africa – Art and Architectural Tour

Charles Freeman Design for Parliament
South African Parliament Photo Credit: Vic Bergmann (Flickr)
Keiskamma Tapestry

Go behind the scenes of the South African political arena, the Parliament of South Africa. Learn about the art and architecture of South African Parliament as guided by the host, Lila Komnick, who has worked for Parliament for 30 years and manages its art collection. Parliament’s art collection ranges from small, 18th century typographical drawings, to the 120m tapestry made in 2004 in the Eastern Cape.

The Keiskamma Tapestry, tells the story of the Eastern Cape Frontier . The intricate embroidery, created by over 100 women from the region with assistance from South African Fine Arts graduates, has toured extensively around the country and now rests in the Parliament buildings in Cape Town. For the first time and exclusively for Culture Connect SA, we will see the first known map of Africa, known as The Great Ming Amalgamated Map. Originating from China, the silk map dates back to 1389 and covers more than 17 square metres.

Lunch nearby afterwards.

Date: Wed 16 August 2017 10h30am-2pm
Venue: Parliament Visitor’s Centre, 120 Plein Street, Cape Town
Cost: R550 (R800 on the day)

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Images: Castle of Good Hope by Thomas Bowler | section of the Keiskamma Tapestry |the Victorian parliament building for the Cape colony | homepage Freeman’s design for parliament – it was too expensive to build