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#MaterialsMatterChallenge takes its inspiration from the current exhibition, Matereality  at Iziko South African National Gallery.

  • The challenege is to create your own artwork using recyclable materials lying around your home.
  • Post a photo of it to social media, and use the hashtag #MaterialsMatterChallenge to keep Iziko in the loop.

Every few days, Iziko will be posting an artwork featured in Matereality to their social media pages – so keep your eye on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for your own creation inspiration!

Matereality highlights how contemporary artists from the African continent are challenging traditional notions around what materials are suited to art-making. The group exhibition explores different issues and ideas such as climate and environmental issues; pollution; waste; xenophobia; poverty; beauty; gender; and politics – using certain materials to provide insight into their reality.

Materials DO Matter – so please accept the challenge!



These mostly upcoming or established artists in the Materiality exhibition provide a glimpse into the vibrant South African art scene as well as the visual production from the rest of the African continent.

This swathe of contemporary artists from across the continent are exploring ‘the material’ in new and exciting ways. The works encapsulate a very wide scope of materials, showing that ‘materiality’ is a rich subject; materials range from cow-hides to plastic bags, from bra-straps to pantyhose, from fake nails to computer parts.

We are also talking about everyday items such as bottle tops, old wire, clothes pegs and toothpicks.  Old carpets, fabrics, wood, cracked china, spangles and beads can be creatively re-imagined.

Look around your home and think of creative ways of turning ‘things’ into art. That’s what #MaterialsMatterChallenge asks you to do.  Have fun!

WHERE: Iziko South African National Gallery in the comfort of your own home
WHEN: In your own time
HOW: Post a photo of it to social media, and use the hashtag #MaterialsMatterChallenge to keep Iziko in the loop.

Matereality is curated by Andrea Lewis, Iziko Curator of Prints and Drawings. While the museums are closed, you are welcome to visit Iziko online. The #MuseumFromHome initiative provides museums across the world with a different platform for creating awareness and engaging society about contemporary issues affecting us.

See MapMyWay News Blog 

See also Cape Town Green Map