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Tascha Sciarone

Tascha Sciarone in the fall of 2020 in a woods in Leiden, The Netherlands

Tascha Sciarone in the fall of 2020 in a woods in Leiden, The Netherlands. Photo by Benjamin de Groot.

Art is an overarching theme in Tascha's academic and social life. 

About Tascha Sciarone - the gallery manager

Tascha was born and raised in Gauteng, South Africa, as the eldest of six daughters, by an artist mother and accountant/entrepreneur father. Her grandfather also spent a significant amount mentoring his grandchildren in all he had learned with running and owning several successful businesses parallel with each other. She takes all this to her formal education as Art Historian. Which makes starting and running a gallery a logical outcome.

While it was a logical turn, it took a few years of training, assessing life goals, and building the necessary toolkit to take on this role confidently.
 
Personality graph Tascha and Gallery Sorelle Scairone

What informs Tascha's motivations behind the gallery

Formative years

Art has always been part of her life, through her mother's passion and her mother's friends; the painters, the sculptors, the film directors. This upbringing cemented the idea that art should be part of everyone's daily life, financially, mentally, and passively.

Art should just be there, intertwined in our daily lives.

Be part of your day, your home, your thoughts, your breaks and sometimes, just sometimes, part of your conversation and intellectual thought process.
Art can frame your world or create beauty and dimension in the world we live in. Art can give a voice to a known unknown and representation of complicated identities and emotions.

This vision is not unique but was further embedded in her understanding when she studied Art History at Leiden University.

Formal Education

Tascha chose not to pursue making art but studied Art History and Anthropology at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands. She also has a minor in Business Studies and International Law, as well as having followed an interdisciplinary Honours traject in Art and Pedagogy. She has published several books about the complicated postcolonial museum landscape of South Africa and African lives in Renaissance Europe. Tascha has worked in art auction houses, galleries, and museums before writing during her maternity leave and managing a galler in Amsterdam's (ad-interim). Since 2017 she lives and works in the idyllic village of Voorschoten, where she started running Gallery Sorelle from her home office in 2019. As the gallery grew even during the pandemic, the gallery was run from an industrial office space in Leiden, above the cities archives (Zaalbergweg 15, Leiden). In November 2021 Gallery Sorelle Sciarone will be opening together with Domo Eclectica in Gouda.

Future plans

Tascha currently works part-time at the Gallery. She combines the Gallery with raising her two young sons. Her youngest will be in school by 2022, and the Gallery will be three years old. Gallery Sorelle Sciarone can then join the Dutch Gallery Association.


When there is a physical gallery space, Tascha hopes to employ and develop young art historians and curators together with the burgeoning art scene in Gouda. As well as developing our ties within our physical community and in the art world at large.

Tascha Sciarone - Photograph Nicole Sciarone

Tascha Sciarone, Art Historian and Gallery Manager bij Gallery Sorelle Sciarone. Photo: Nicole Sciarone (2019).

Her heart beats faster for the beauty of a thunderstorm viewed over the South African veld. Tascha loves nature, but also what humans hearts and hands can create.


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Tascha outside the Gallery

Museum Voorschoten

Lecture co-ordinator at Museum Voorschoten;

17th Century Portraiture in The Netherlands. When money overruled the divine right of kings.

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Dutch Golden Age, 2020

Lecture 1, Part 1.

Lecture 1, Part 2.

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Zomer Groen, ZoMaar Groen 2019

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PJPJ Jubileum tentoonstelling 2019

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Books

Africans in Renaissance Europe: Tracing African lives in the Renaissance and what that tells us about Renaissance society (2014)

Book has been rewritten, and only stays available on Amazon as an example of Professor Abraham X Kendi in acknowledging racism in yourself and your creation and doing better in the future. The language used in the 2014 text held unscrutinised biased language, even though the intentions were the opposite of.

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South African Museums: Spaces of Paradox (2014)

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The Paradox Of What The Migrant Dreams and the State Expects (2013)

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Post Apartheid Museum Practices (2016)

Master thesis available at the online archives of the University of Leiden or upon request. 

The thesis has been rewritten in regards to grammar and structure for readability (2019)