The NIROX Foundation Trust is a registered non-profit trust established and run for the benefit of the arts. NIROX comprises an artists’ residency; studios and workshops; a sculpture park; outdoor concert venues; and related function facilities. It is located on15 hectares of landscaped gardens and waterways within an extensive private nature reserve in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, 45 minutes from the centers of Johannesburg and Tswane. NIROX is committed to excellence in all disciplines of contemporary arts.
cradle of humankind
The Cradle of Humankind comprises 47,000 hectares of rural and wilderness land, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site on account of its extraordinary palaeontological treasures and unique landscape. The Cradle is a highly active scientific research area where more than 40% of all of the world’s hominid fossils have been discovered. 3 million years of human activity have taken place in the Cradle, including the earliest known mastery of fire and human’s becoming bi-pedal.
the park & nature reserve
The sculpture park comprises 15 hectares of cultivated landscape and water-ways designed to showcase sculpture and give comfort to private and public visitors. The beauty and tranquility of the park are tributes to its sensitive design and fastidious upkeep.
It is located within the Khatlhampi Private Reserve, a privately owned nature reserve which has more than 40 kilometres of walking, cycling and game driving trails through unspoiled grasslands, ancient dolomitic valleys, natural fountains, discovered and yet to be discovered caves, indigenous forests, ridges and kopjes. It is a bio-diverse environment, populated with indigenous game, moving freely in their natural habitat.. Many of the resident animals, from hedgehogs and otters, through carracul to eagle owl, have been rescued and released on the reserve by Free Me Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, hosted by the Reserve.
View the UNBOXED catalogue
The NIROXcollection comprises artworks left by artists in residence.
The NIROXprojectscollection comprises artworks left by exhibitors at NIROXprojects.
These are kept alongside artworks left in the temporary care of NIROX and NIROXprojects.
Currently a random selection from the collections is on view by appointment at UNBOXED in the Maboneng precinct in Joburg city.
Within the reserve, lie several permanent artworks, comprising part of NIROX’ slowly evolving permanent collection – available for viewing by special appointment. These currently include works by Richard Long, Willem Boshoff, Caroline Bittermann, Valerio Berruti, Rebecca Chesney, Pryanka Choudhari, Rosenclare and Thomas Mulcaire.
partners & friends
NIROX enjoys well-established partnerships with foundations, sculpture parks and other arts institutions globally, including:
The Foundation engages with a wide variety of partners and friends to stimulate awareness and appreciation for the contemporary arts in government, non-government, institutional and private sectors.
NIROX is deeply grateful to the landowners whose properties are contiguous with the sculpture park and whose generosity makes the Foundation’s activities possible.
Mail & Guardian | Down to Earth at the Cradle of Human Kind | Matthew Krouse | Friday April 19 to 25 2014