The Scheryn Art Collection is a private collection which was set up in order to provide collectors with the opportunity to contribute to the growth of African Art through making purposeful and meaningful contributions to the African Art Market. As a result, Scheryn aims to create a dynamic collection, built around artworks from Africa and the African diaspora, and which makes the most of alternative conduits for investigating, contextualising and exhibiting the collection.
The collection is built around the belief that art from Africa has the unique ability to continually challenge preconceptions of what African art is. Africa is a continent of rich diversity and contradiction and its artistic production mirrors this. Cutting edge global art trends are combined with traditional techniques to provide unique perspectives on numerous social issues and celebrate Africa’s diversity. The creativity of the continent is showcased through various mediums and conceptual ideas in a way that challenges stereotypes and forces viewers to re-evaluate their views on African creativity.
The collection will support this belief by being active participants in the African Art Market and by supporting galleries, museums and auction houses, being involved in both public and private initiatives locally and abroad, sponsoring residencies, loaning works from the collection and building the collection until we have the capacity to display it.
Scheryn is set up in a way that it can welcome fellow collectors. In this sense the collection becomes a gathering point for collectors to combine their collection in order to create a more meaningful conversation than they could have individually. It provides a platform to share ideas, learn from fellow collectors and offers administrative efficiency.
Featured Image: Freedom Park, Near Airport Industria, 2013 © Ashley Walters. Courtesy of Ashley Walters, Cape Town