The Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP) has announced the appointment of Lekgetho Makola as the new Chief Executive Officer. Makola, who is currently the head of the Market Photo Workshop, assumes the role as of 1 February 2021.
Makola was born in GaSekhukhune, Limpopo in 1974, and studied fine arts at the Durban Institute of Technology before later completing an MFA degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Over the years, he has contributed significantly to the art community, especially with regards to local and international visual storytelling platforms and curatorial committees, including the New York Times portfolio reviews. He was the first African in over 60 years to chair the World Press Photo Awards General Jury in 2020 and served on the Art Bank of South Africa Acquisition Committee in 2018 and 2019. His artistic philosophy is embedded in social justice and advocacy as an International Ford Foundation Fellow – Social Justice.
‘We are pleased and proud to welcome Lekgetho to the Javett-UP Art Centre,’ says Ed Southey, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Arts Centre Foundation. ‘He is a visionary leader who has done much to advance the arts community and to train and mentor young artists.’
On his appointment as CEO, Makola says, ‘The Javett-UP Art Centre plays an important role in celebrating the art of Africa while also offering training in art and heritage skills. I am looking forward to guiding one of South Africa’s newest museums to a truly distinctive place in our heritage sector.’
Makola will take over from interim CEO Dr Samuel Isaacs. Southey also thanked Isaacs for steering the institution through the hard lockdown necessitated by Covid-19 and the institution’s successful re-opening on Heritage Day, 24 September 2020.