Various artists and heritage artefacts
Standard Bank Gallery
16 October – 1 December 2012
‘The Art of Banking: celebrating through collections’ includes an exhibition by the Standard Bank Heritage Centre on the ground floor of the Standard Bank Gallery. This show focuses on the 150-year history of Standard Bank, illustrated through artefacts, photographs and other visuals from the Heritage Centre’s rich archival and artefact collection. This part of the exhibition follows a timeline approach, highlighting the unique history of the bank as the oldest name in banking in South Africa.
The exhibition comprises three components. The first covers the period from the late 1850s-1987. More particularly, it deals with the conception of the idea for a “Standard Bank” in Port Elizabeth and its eventual establishment in London in 1862. Other focuses include the bank’s pioneering spirit, its “firsts” and innovations, the development from purely a bank into a financial services organisation, and the disinvestment of the bank’s British parent when it became fully South African owned.
The second component explores the period 1988-2012 and portrays the bank as a dynamic organisation that expanded into Africa and other parts of the world in its own right. Other parts of the story here include the Nedcor take-over bid, the journey to self-service banking through technological innovations, internet and cell phone banking in particular, and Standard Bank’s quest to reach the “unbanked”.
The third section of the exhibition includes an old banking hall, showcasing a teller’s box from the original Standard Bank counter at the Port Elizabeth branch and other furniture used by the bank over the years. Also featured in this component is a short video, which takes the visitor through the customer experience over the years, from when banking was completely branch-based to the development of self-service banking as we know it today. In addition, there is a focus on the changed look of Standard Bank’s branches through a juxtaposition of old interiors with the ultra-modern interiors such as the student centre,Cachet Park Service Centre, Potchefstroom.
The Art of Banking: celebrating through collections runs at the Standard Bank Gallery, corner of Simmonds and Frederick Streets, Johannesburg, from 16 October – 1 December 2012. The Gallery (Tel: 011 631 4467) is open Mondays to Fridays, 08:00-16:30; on Saturdays, 09: