There have been numerous highlights in Bruce’s multifaceted career. Some stand out as follows:
JAG Centenary Commemorative Medallions
A limited edition of three silver medallions were minted to celebrate the Centenary of the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), Bruce’s Citizen, prize winning sculpture for the Johannesburg Centenary Sculpture Competition in 1987, is represented on one of the three medallions. The other two medallions represent sculptures by Dumile Feni and Eduardo Villa.
Paradox & Metaphrase
Solo Exhibition Paradox & Metaphrase. Iona wine farm, Elgin, Western Cape.
Conjuria at Iona
Solo Exhibition, Conjuria at Iona. Iona wine farm, Elgin, Western Cape.
Dreamtime: Signs and Portents
Solo exhibition, Dreamtime: Signs and Portents. Irma Stern Museum, CapeTown (35 sculptures, 20 drawings).
Honorary Research Associate
Bruce continued to work as an Honorary Research Associate at the Michaelis, UCT.
Artworks in Progress Vol 7
Volume 7 of Artworks in Progress was the last volume edited by Bruce in the year he retired from UCT.
Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial
He was an invited artist for the Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, Spier Estate, Stellenbosch. Curated by Public Eye.
Side-Show Solo Exhibition
Solo exhibition, Side-Show. Association for the Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town (19 sculptures and 22 drawings).
Contemporary South African Art 1985-1995
He was represented in the exhibition Contemporary South African Art 1985-1995. Iziko SA National Gallery, Cape Town. Curator: Emma Bedford .
Images of Metal
He was represented in the national exhibition Images of Metal. Iziko SA National Gallery, Cape Town; Johannesburg Art Gallery; South African tour. Curator: Professor Elizabeth Rankin.
Michaelis School of Fine Art Staff Journal
He initiated Artworks in Progress: Journal of the Staff of the Michaelis School of Fine Art for which he was the founding editor. The 10th volume of this journal was published in 2010.
Images of Wood
His sculpture was selected for the national exhibition Images of wood. Johannesburg Art Gallery; SA National Gallery; South African tour. Curator: Professor Elizabeth Rankin.
UCT Life Fellowship
He was conferred with a life fellowship by the University of Cape Town.
Concours P-L Weiller Competition Finalist
He was a competition finalist with his sculpture Oskar I in the Concours P-L Weiller, Institut de France, Paris international curated exhibition.
BMW Tributaries Exhibition
He participated in the BMW Tributaries exhibition. Market Gallery, Johannesburg; tour of West Germany. Curated by Ricky Burnett.
Solo exhibition, Bronzes. SA Association of Arts, Cape Town (30 sculptures).
Cape Town Biennial
He was an invited artist for the Cape Town Biennial. SA National Gallery, Cape Town.
Teaching sculpture at Michaelis
He was offered and accepted a position to teach sculpture at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, which marked the beginning of a long and illustrious career in education in the Visual Arts at the University of Cape Town, (UCT).
He wrote a book about the painter, Claude Bouscharain. South African Library under the auspices of the South African National Gallery. General editor Charles du Ry. Cape Town and Johannesburg: C. Struik.
Bruce wrote a book about the artist, John Muafangejo: linocuts, woodcuts and etchings. Parallel German text. Cape Town and Johannesburg: C Struik.
With the assistance of his family and his farm assistant he built his farmhouse in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, using local materials and traditional methods of construction.
Underberg in Natal
He left the SA National Gallery to subsistence farm in the Underberg district in Natal where he continued to practice as a professional artist.
Art of Rorke’s Drift
Bruce wrote the introduction for the catalogue and curated the exhibition Art of Rorke’s Drift at the SA National Gallery.
Irma Stern’s private collection
Bruce was responsible for cataloguing Irma Stern‘s private collection of art and artefacts and he was the editor for the Catalogue of the collections of the Irma Stern Museum.
He was appointed as Assistant Director of the SA National Gallery (SANG).
African Art in Metal
Bruce wrote the introduction for the catalogue and curated the exhibition African Art in Metal, at the SA National Gallery.
Bruce wrote a definitive book about the sculptor, Lippy Lipshitz. A biographical commentary and documentation of the years 1903-1968, with a catalogue raisonné of sculptures. Published for the trustees of the South African National Gallery. Photographs Volker Miros. Cape Town: AA Balkema.
Exhibition of Sculptures
Solo exhibition: Exhibition of Sculptures, Avante Garde Gallery in Johannesburg.
Sculpture & Things
Solo exhibition Sculpture & Things at the Wolpe Gallery in Cape Town.
Bruce wrote the introduction for the catalogue and curated the exhibition African Weaving at the SANG.
1960s to early 1970s
Apartheid and African Art
In the heart of the Apartheid era, during his time at the SA National Gallery (SANG), he initiated the purchase of African artefacts, sculptures, drawings and prints.
British Council Scholarship
He was awarded a British Council Scholarship to do postgraduate research into the influence of African art on Western sculpture at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London with Alan Bowness and John Golding in 1964-1965. Golding was considered a leading authority on Cubism.
São Paulo Biennial exhibition
Bruce’s sculpture was selected for the international São Paulo Biennial exhibition, Sao Paulo, Brazil; New Orleans, USA.
First Professional Officer
Bruce was appointed the first Professional Officer at the South African National Gallery (SANG).
He was awarded the Michaelis Prize, University of Cape Town (UCT).