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The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum held a gala dinner by Mantis ­to raise funds for Eastern Cape artists

Just in time for Heritage Month The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum in Port Elizabeth held a gala dinner by Mantis ­to raise funds for the acquisition of more work by Eastern Cape artists. The event brought light to the rich and diverse talent and heritage that the province holds, ­ as well as focusing on the central importance of preservation. 

ELLE was lucky to attend the event, which treated guests to a two-part visual feast. The first was an exhibition that include their large collection of Southern Nguni beadwork and attire, cleverly juxtaposed with the contemporary works of beloved Laduma and Mohair SA, amongst others. The second half was a delightful sit-down, black tie dinner with a fashion show that featured curated designs by P.E natives Ati Setipa, Braemor Lundall-Sauls, Kelly Dillon and, of course, the legendary Jenni Button.

The night successfully raised funds for the initiative, celebrated local talent and revelled in a true sense of community, ongoing support and pride for one’s heritage, among those present. The conversation around the preservation of craft, skill and heritage continued the next day with a workshop by Jenni Button at Mohair South Africa, where she took young creatives, aspiring designers and industry insiders through her journey in fashion as a business owner.

Events like these are significant in our fashion and culture communities and beyond them -  revealing that talent is nestled across our country, focusing on the wide range of our artistic heritage, and paying attention to archiving the work of our artists and artisans for future generations.

Should you wish to be a patron of Nelson Mandela Bay’s Visual Art Collection and support their efforts in development and preservation, email artmuseum@mandelametro.gov.za or telephone 041 506 2000 

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