I am writing to you to let you know about my current BIG project: an Arts and Cultural Centre of Hout Bay (my home suburb) focussing on education and skills development. I will donate my extensive and mainly Southern African and African art collection of paintings, drawings, carvings, sculptures and ceramics and numerous handicraft pieces so that the collection will be preserved for and accessible to the wider Hout Bay Community and visitors. The creation of the Art Gallery is the first phase of the plan to establish the Arts and Cultural Centre.
The setting up of the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust is complete. My collections will be donated to this Trust which will fund and manage the Arts and Cultural Centre. The idea is that my extensive art collection be preserved for and accessible to the wider Hout Bay Community and visitors. I shall also donate my many books, cds and dvds as the basis for the educational library in arts and culture. I shall also donate funds to the Foundation for this purpose. Catalogues of the Art Collection (some 200 pieces), the more than 140 books relevant to such an institution and the hundreds of music cd’s have been prepared. A collection of documentary film dvd’s which will be donated. The educational and entertainment resource will be comprehensive from the outset.
Realizing this vision will benefit the wider Hout Bay Community and the city. It would turn the Museum into a viable tourist attraction as part of a more comprehensive civic amenity. It will stimulate an arts and cultural renaissance in Hout Bay, interacting with the three communities to help us to become one community and greatly stimulate tourism. All of this will create jobs and incomes in an area of high unemployment.”
Denis Goldberg has dedicated his life to making South Africa a better country and has a passion for African arts as a means to connect South Africans across their diversity of cultures through shared interests and activities. Prof Goldberg will donate his unique collection of African arts to The Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust which will finance the building of an iconic performing arts, cultural and educational centre in Hout Bay, near Cape Town, a lasting legacy to inspire and celebrate the talents and cultures of his community and of South Africa.
The Arts and Culture Centre is envisaged to house the art gallery and study rooms, a building to house the Kronendal Music Academy of Hout Bay and other organizations promoting dance and other performing and creative arts. The building will include a 200 to 250 seat performance auditorium. The whole project must be financially independent and development of the various elements of it will not proceed until the funding for construction and maintenance has been secured.
The most suitable site in Hout Bay, easily accessible to all who live in Hout Bay and the City, is that of the existing Hout Bay Museum. There is more than sufficient space there for the buildings and a long term lease will enable the Trust to proceed as soon as the legalities are finalised. The Museum Trust is enthusiastic about this project as the synergy between the local museum and the new cultural centre will strengthen both. Jo Noero* an internationally renowned architect who lives in Hout Bay has agreed to design the buildings as his donation to the community.