Temporary exhibitions

Weights and Measures

The public art project Weights and Measures, conceived by conceptual artist and social activist Bradley McCallum, examines international justice through portraits. Large-scale oil paintings of defendants, photographs of legal practitioners and audio installations of witnesses and victims are presented in the travelling exhibition, which challenges us to think critically about the legacy of international tribunals, the issues facing the International Criminal Court, and the voices of victims in seeking justice.

This exhibition presents a proposition: can portraiture effectively open a space to discuss the underlying issues central to genocide, atrocity crimes and human rights abuses – and contribute to restorative justice efforts?

Location: Number Four
Dates: 1 to 30 April 2017
Times: 9am to 5pm daily
Fee: Free with admission to the precinct

The Shadows and Unheard Voices of Number Four Prison Complex

This photo essay by photographer Clint Strydom explores the haunting spaces of the historic Number Four prison. Using a Hasselblad camera, Strydom creatively narrates the untold stories of the hidden shadows of those who were incarcerated in Number Four. By photographing the uninhabited spaces and empty isolation cells, he captures the soul of the prison through their evocative presence still hovering in the thick, musty air.

The exhibition features high-quality images that can only be captured through a Hasselblad lens.

Location: Number Four
Dates: 11 May to 12 June 2017
Times: 9am to 5pm daily
Fee: Free with admission to the precinct

Memories of the Struggle: Australians Against Apartheid

Memories of the Struggle pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of everyone who took part in the anti-apartheid movement. The material for the exhibition was drawn from books, doctoral theses and documentaries, but most of the information, photographs and other memorabilia came from the personal and organisational archives of activists and supporters. 

The multimedia exhibition demonstrates the commitment of many Australians from all walks of life to supporting the struggle for democracy in South Africa. A picture emerges of continuous protest in the fields of politics, sport, the trade unions, civil society and the clergy. Many who were at the forefront of the anti-apartheid movement did so against the wishes of the state and federal governments of the day, and some sustained injury or were imprisoned as a result.

Location: Old Fort ramparts
Dates: 5 October to 30 November 2017
Times: 9am to 5pm daily
Fee: Free with admission to the precinct

Ubulungiswa/Justice Collaboration

Ubulungiswa/justice collaboration is an art project initiated in early 2015. Over three months, a group of artists and performers workshopped ideas, songs, masks, characters, costumes and, finally, the story that would become the narrative of the film. The focus and interest of the performance artists were on mob justice and acts of community retribution in South Africa, where civil society takes the law into its own hands. 

This collaborative artwork was created in response to the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue at the University of Cape Town and the #RhodesMustFall and Open Stellenbosch campaigns, combined with the renewed eruption of xenophobic attacks and proliferation of racially fueled discourse in South Africa. The work is a collaboration between 22 artists from different disciplines, including research, performance, costume design, music, sound, film, photography, design and installation.

Location: Old Fort ramparts
Dates: 4 May to 31 July 2017
Times: 9am to 5pm daily
Fee: Free with admission to the precinct