Staff’s bags packed for Russia

Julius Matsebula and Janie Grobler of Barberton Museum are going to Russia.

Janie Grobler, principal museum human scientist, and Julius Matsebula, museum human scientist, who both work at the Barberton Museum, cannot wait to depart for Russia.

“This is a great opportunity for both of us to go and learn more about museums. We have been working closely with Moscow when it comes to exhibiting,” Grobler said.

The duo will depart on March 9 and return on March 15.

According to Sbongile Nkosi, departmental spokesman, they will participate in an international museum-collaboration workshop.

“This capacity-building and idea-sharing workshop is aimed at encouraging a sustainable long-term collaboration between South Africa and Russia.

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“This includes areas such as performance management and governance, preservation and conservation programmes, exhibition, experts and expertise/knowledge exchanges.

“It will also include new media and technology in museum management and presentation, audience development and educational programmes.”

She said the department will afford designers and crafters from the province an opportunity for their work to be sold and exhibited on an international platform.

This will be during the international traditional costumes and design exhibition to be held at the All Russia Decorative Art Museum.

“The traditional costumes and design exhibition will serve as an expression of inspiration in the form of traditional wear and contemporary fashion designs and accessories. The department has obtained garments, artefacts and accessories from cooperatives, cultural groups and local designers in the province that will be showcased at the exhibition.

“Some of the work will be sold at a pop-up store that will be part of the exhibition in Moscow,” added Nkosi.

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She said the department was committed to supporting and providing platforms to local crafters and designers, so they could showcase their talents and have an opportunity to sell their products to international markets.

“We will use the pop-up store concept during the exhibition to create a sustainable profitable market for local crafters and designers in Russia.

“It will be operate until May. It will sell various artistic products including neck pieces, beaded bridal hand pieces, ponchos and Ndebele dolls from selected crafters and designers,” concluded Nkosi.

Richard Nkosi

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