in collaboration with Zeitz MOCAA

A gala to galvanise support of the arts

February 2024

Zeitz MOCAA kicked off Cape Town Art Week with its usual style and purpose

The overall gala scenography and key design elements were inspired by renowned South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga, whose artwork (pictured above) added a layer of aesthetic depth to an enchanting evening. Photography by Tsele Nthane.

Cape Town in February is where it’s all happening in the local art world… and the Zeitz MOCAA Gala, which took place this year on Sunday, 11 February, was a fitting start to a week that sees Investec Cape Town Art Fair and various other activations happening in and around the Mother City.

The highly anticipated Zeitz MOCAA Gala did not disappoint, and certainly lived up to its intention of rejuvenating and consolidating communal support of one of Africa’s most prominent art institutions. The event included exhibition tours, an auction, musical entertainment, a seated dinner, an invitation-only VIP programme, and the awarding of the Zeitz MOCAA Honorary Award for Artistic Excellence (Wangechi Mutu) and the Zeitz MOCAA Honorary Award for Philanthropic Achievements (Louis Norval). Proceeds of the gala benefit Zeitz MOCAA’s curatorial and education programmes.

Pictured here is artist Athi-Patra Ruga, artwork on display at the event, artist Chris Soal, Editor-in-Chief Charl Edwards (wearing Lukhanyo Mdingi), editors-at-large Manthe Ribane and Trevor Stuurman (both wearing Gucci). Photography by Tsele Nthane.

Renowned South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga, who was the inspiration for the overall gala scenography shared with us, ‘It’s so incredibly humbling to be invited by Zeitz to collaborate – it showcases Zeitz’s support for artists and their support for me since the very beginning.’

Find out more about the Zeitz MOCAA gala.