Opened in 2006, the new building looks new and fresh, yet only the top floor of the Africa Media Matrix is newly-built. With support from media company Johncom, it was added in 2005 to what used to be the two-story Leather Industries Research Institute building, built during the Second World War.
The Africa Media Matrix cost R26m to construct, and it began in 2001 with
a planning grant from the Ford Foundation.
A special vision has guided the look and feel for the building. It is: to act as a vibrant catalyst providing any person entering the space an opportunity to engage with media production, consumption and debate in Africa.
Non-profit company Artaid, founded by John-Anthony Boerma, advised the School on developing the aesthetics and collections policy, and assisted in securing and installing most of the artworks.here to view full document online