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01/02/2017: Johannesburg Arts Gallery temporarily closed for repairs after water damage
01 February 2017
The City of Johannesburg’s Member of Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba, has with immediate effect temporarily closed the Johannesburg Arts Gallery to the public.

The Johannesburg Art Gallery, one of the leading heritage institutions in the City of Johannesburg will close to the public for the next three months for major construction work.

MMC Sifumba said the intense rain on Monday, 31 January 2017, left officials with no other recourse but to close the facility to the public.

This temporary closure will allow the City to conduct a detailed assessment of the building and undertake critical conservation management interventions, whilst the curators work on new exhibitions to kick off in May.

“The incident forced gallery staff to move artworks from the walls to storerooms and the basement. Also, we could not risk the lives of our employees after Emergency Services, Occupational Health and Safety, and Risk management were all called to the scene and advised that the facility be closed,” said Sifumba.

“It must be noted that leaking in the gallery dates back to 1989 and attempts to repair it over the years have failed. The previous administration left the facility in shambles. Nothing was done to upgrade and maintain the facility despite millions being allocated for this purpose prior to its 2015 centenary celebrations.”

The new administration is committed to fixing this historic and important institution which will play an important role in boosting tourism and maintaining the City’s status as the home of the arts.

For further information, please contact:
Kutlwano Olifant
Stakeholder Liaison Officer
Office of the MMC: Community Development, City of Johannesburg
(T) 0 11 407 7208
(C) 081 434 7417
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