Photos from our first public gallery rotation of 2021

Date posted: 23 April 2021

A new public gallery exhibition from our permanent collection was installed in April 2021, as part of the biannual rotation of artworks on public display in the Constitutional Court. Works by Joseph Ndlovu, Anne Sassoon, Richard "Specs" Ndimande, Barbara Tyrrell, Neo Ntsoma, Charles Badenhorst, Usha Seejarim, Angeline Masuku, Nonhlanhla Manqele, Laurentia Dlamini, Robert Hodgins, Diana Hulton, Gideon Mendel and Norman Kaplan were newly added, amongst a wide range of other works on long term display. A number of works in this exhibition embody indigenous African tradition and culture, such as our Hlabisa basketry collection from KwaZulu-Natal, Barbara Tyrrell's sketches and the beadwork she donated to the CCAC, as well as contemporary depictions of African identity as is found in Richard "Specs" Ndimande's work. Joseph Ndlovu's Humanity conveys an African conception of justice rooted in the spirit of ubuntu.

The public gallery is open to the public seven days a week at no charge. Art & Justice tours are presented by the CCAC curatorial team on the last Saturday of every month. More info about the tours and bookings can be found here.

Photographs © Constitutional Court Trust

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Humanity (right, by Joseph Ndlovu (1995), the very first work of the CCAC that was restored in Cape Town in 2020, is now exhibited in a bespoke conservation frame. Adjacent to Humanity are Anne Sassoon's Ishmael and Isaac (, also recently restored.

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Our collection of 31 Barbara Tyrrell sketches, donated by the artist herself in 2008, is on exhibit in the public gallery for the first time. Accompanying signage and a map contextualise these ethnographic drawings of indigenous Southern African peoples completed in the 1940s. More:

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The CCAC's beadwork collection was donated by Barbara Tyrrell along with her sketches, collected from her sitters. More info:

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Charles Badenhorst's video animation What abou’ the lô ( seen refelcted in Richard "Specs" Ndimande's work. The latter artist, born in 1994, is now the youngest artist represented in the CCAC after having donated three of his works to the collection. Read more:

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Curatorial intern Neo Diseko and assistant curator Thina Miya watching the short documentary, produced by the CCAC curatorial team, about the restoration of our Hlabisa basketry collection. Watch it online:

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A second publication in a series of CCAC monographs is due to appear soon, focusing on the CCAC's Zulu basketry collection from Hlabisa, KwaZulu-Natal.

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Marking IDAHOT 2020, the Dutch Embassy gifted three Amsterdam Rainbow Dress photographs to the CCAC, as a result from a partnership with the Constitutional Court Trust, custodian of the CCAC, in 2018. Neo Ntsoma photographed transgender model and activist Yaya Mavundla. Read more here:

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Norman Kaplan's cover of the Images of Human Rights portfolio, issued by the Artists for Human Rights Trust, next to Karel Nel's Cipher (

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Usha Seejarim donated her Affairs of the Home sculptural installation to the CCAC in 2020. Read more about the work here:

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Diana Hulton's Mountain series are also in display:


Robert Hodgins' The Scene of the Crime is being exhibited following restoration treatment and museum quality framing. More about this work:


Joanne Patterson's Pangolin ( installed in the public gallery a few months prior, but is also one of the works that were restored in the past year. It is kept safe in a protective glass casing.