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.
More details of the School and the Africa Media Matrix are available at www.
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