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5.11.06 'Towards a new future - Sizoshinisa Impilo Yethu'at the Durban Art Gallery
5.11.06 Louise Hall at artSPACE durban
5.11.06 Caroline Birch at artSPACE durban
5.11.06 Churchill Madikida at the Durban Art Gallery
5.11.06 'Buzzart' Festive Season Exhibiton at the KZNSA Gallery
5.11.06 'Affordable Art Fair 2006' at artSPACE durban
5.11.06 'About Face': An exhibition of portraits from the Durban Art Gallery's permanent collection

6.10.06 Angela Shaw at artSPACE durban
6.10.06 Jeaniene Dekker at artSPACE durban
6.10.06 Nontobeko Ntombela and Bronwen Vaughan-Evans at the KZNSA Gallery
6.10.06 Mxolisi Sithole at the KZNSA Gallery

1.09.06 Peter Bendheim at the Durban Art Gallery
1.09.06 'Jabulisa: The Art and Craft of KwaZulu-Natal' at the Tatham Art Gallery
1.09.06 Lee Scott Hempson at artSPACE durban
1.09.06 Makiwa Mutomba at artSPACE durban
1.09.06 Corina Lemmer at the Tatham Art Gallery

DURBAN

 

'Towards a new future- Sizoshinisa Impilo Yethu' at the Durban Art Gallery

'Towards a New Future- Sizoshinisa Impilo Yethu: An exhibition of artwork produced by offenders in correctional centres in KwaZulu-Natal' is part of an annual project/partnership between the Regional Office of the Department of Correctional Services and KwaZulu-Natal's National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (NICRO).

The exhibition is a selection of the winning entries in the provincial competition. Entrants include men, women and youth from 25 correctional centres in KZN. The works on show include paintings, drawings, fabric paintings, works created using recyclable materials, needlework, handcraft, poetry and prose. The annual exhibition encourages offenders to continue with their production of artworks, in the hope that they may create employment for themselves and contribute to their communities upon their release.

Opens: November 4
Closes: December 3


About Face

About Face installation view
Durban Art Gallery

About Face

About Face installation view
Durban Art Gallery

About Face

About Face installation view
Durban Art Gallery
 


About Face: An exhibition of portraits from the Durban Art Gallery's collection' at DAG

The Oxford English Dictionary defines portraiture as a 'representation or delineation of a person, especially of the face, made from life, by drawing, painting, photography, engraving etc.: a likeness'. 'About Face' includes portrait-based artworks from the Durban Art Gallery's permanent collection spanning from as early as the 16th Century to the present. The deliberate juxtaposition of works with similar thematics creates interesting dialogues, such as the positioning of Michael Croeser's Birth Control Versus Infinity (2001) next to Thomas Matthews Rooke's The Weaving of the Enchantress (1902), considering notions of the construction of beauty and mass consumption.

The genre of portraiture has significantly changed since the early 16th Century, where one's status and social standing were clearly evident in the images. The contemporary works on the exhibition deal with issues of identity and the purposeful juxtapositions with the earlier works in the collection provide a shifting narrative throughout the exhibition space.

Opens: October 16
Closes: January, 2007


Louise Hall

Louise Hall
Cyclist III
compressed charcoal
50 x 65cm

Louise Hall

Louise Hall
Walking Woman II
oil on board
136 x 154cm
 


Louise Hall at artSPACE durban

This exhibition of recent figurative paintings and drawings by KZN artist Louise Hall reflects her interest in the human form. Moving figures and the interaction of audiences with contemporary media define her areas of exploration. These works are rooted in drawing from observation, memory and imagination and include images of cyclists, a cinema series and intimate interiors. Hall paints in oil on board and many of the drawings are mixed media pieces combining watercolour, ink, pastel, conté and compressed charcoal.

The exhibition moves to the UCT Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town in February.

Opens: 6.30pm, November 13
Closes: November 25


Caroline Birch

Caroline Birch
Cicada
oil on canvas
15 x 15cm

Caroline Birch

Caroline Birch
Still Life
oil on canvas
60 x 100cm
 


Caroline Birch at artSPACE durban

The paintings on Caroline Birch's exhibition bring together elements of the decorative with aspects of simplicity. This is especially so in the portraits, where the artist captures the figures' 'aliveness' and plays with more decorative elements. Birch graduated from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg in 1988. Her first exhibition was at artSPACE durban in 2004, and in 2005 she was a finalist in 'Nivea: START the art awards'.

Opens: 6.30pm, November 13
Closes: November 25


Churchill Madikida

Churchill Madikida
Status 2005
installation with caskets, curtains, candles, crosses, ribbons and flowers
dimensions variable

Churchill Madikida

Churchill Madikida
Status 2005
installation with caskets, curtains, candles, crosses, ribbons and flowers
dimensions variable
 


Churchill Madikida at the Durban Art Gallery

Churchill Madikida's exhibition entitled 'Like Father Like Son?' continues its countrywide tour after opening at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in June.

Madikida's Standard Bank Young Artist Award exhibition draws from personal experience exploring issues around growing up with an absent father. The works on exhibition engage with the artist's complex family history, exploring the differences and commonalities between members of his family, especially his father whom he recently met for the first time in 32 years.

The artworks provide an insight into how growing up without his biological father may have shaped Madikida's sense of being, his relationships and even perhaps his perception of the world. He attempts to share his struggles in trying to understand and overcome growing up without a biological father. For Madikida this process includes dealing and acknowledging shortcomings and wrongs of the past, but mostly offering forgiveness and moving forward.

The artist will be conducting a public walkabout at 10am, November 16.

Opens: November 15
Closes: December 13


Lee Scott Hempson

Lee Scott Hempson
mixed media
20 x 20cm
 


Affordable Art Fair 2006

For the fourth year running, artSPACE durban will be bringing more affordable fine art to the public. artSPACE durban gives a variety of established and lesser-known artists the opportunity to exhibit their work within the bounds of keeping their work 'affordable' to the buying public. The works on exhibition include paintings, photographs and ceramics.

Opens: 6.30pm, November 29
Closes: January 13


Buzzart

Buzzart items
KZNSA Gallery
 


Buzzart Festive Season Exhibiton at the KZNSA Gallery

The annual Buzzart Festive Season Exhibition of the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts opens on November 19. The exhibition showcases local artists as well as an eclectic mix of gift items from all over the world.

For more information on the works for sale - Tel: (031) 277 1700, Email: shop@kznsagallery.co.za

Opens: November 19
Closes: January 10


Angela Shaw

Angela Shaw
Ganges
photograph on canvas
1000 x 1600cm

Angela Shaw

Angela Shaw
Inle
photograph on canvas
1000 x 1600cm
 


Angela Shaw at artSPACE durban

In a photographic exhibition entitled 'Light and Dark', Angela Shaw presents two bodies of works. The Rembrandt portraits feature both people she met on travels and her friends. The works are reminiscent of Rembrandt's works in their lighting with certain sections illuminated, whilst in other parts figures emerge from the shadows.

The Water Portraits is a series of images of water exploiting its ability to mutate, facilitate, calm and stimulate.

Opens: October 23
Closes: November 11


Jeaniene Dekker

Jeaniene Dekker
Post No Bill
photograph 60 x 80cm
 


Jeaniene Dekker at artSPACE durban

Jeaniene Dekker's exhibition 'Post No Bill' showcases photographic portraits of women and children from areas in Togo, Ghana and various countries in Southern Africa.

Opens: October 23
Closes: November 11


Bronwyn Vaughn-Evans

Bronwyn Vaughn-Evans
This not my city 2006
mixed media painting

Nontobeko Ntombela

Nontobeko Ntombela
Sweetheart 1 2005
fabric
 


Nontobeko Ntombela and Bronwen Vaughan-Evans at the KZNSA Gallery

'Negotiated Spaces' features two dimensional art works by Durban-based artists Nontobeko Ntombela and Bronwen Vaughan-Evans.

Although Ntombela and Vaughan-Evans are from different backgrounds they have found commonality in their work. Both artists foreground the intimate, exploring notions of identity through interrogating aesthetic, human and geographic relationships. The subject matter, drawn from personal and immediate relationships could be read as sentimental, but the pared down minimalist visual language is so restrained that the subject matter is transformed into a non-linear narrative exploration of being human.

Both artists work with multi-paneled pieces that set up discursive relationships between individual works. Ntombela uses sewing and embroidery to explore feminine stereotypes through self-conscious manipulation of traditionally 'feminine' materials, working with tactile surfaces that introduce multiple readings of the text. Vaughan-Evans uses a process of layering black and white gesso. Images are then created by sanding through the thin top layer to reveal the dark gesso below. This creates a controlled surface which alludes to a metaphorical weight beneath the surface of things.

Opens: October 31
Closes: November 12


Mxolisi Sithole

Mxolisi Sithole
Life is a Beautiful Struggle 2006
 


Mxolisi Sithole at the KZNSA Gallery

Mxolisi Sithole, winner of the 2006 'START: The Nivea Art Awards', presents his first solo exhibition at the KZNSA. The show is called 'Life is a beautiful struggle'.

According to Sithole, his work deals with contemporary social issues in South Africa such as crime: 'High walls, security gates, razor wire fencing, spikes, alarm systems and armed security guards are what we have come to rely on for a sense of security in our communities today. We feel safe inside our self-imposed prisons.' Sithole's works combine found objects and mixed media together with printmaking techniques. Sithole is currently a third year BAFA student at Durban University of Technology.

Opens: October 31
Closes: November 14


Peter Bendheim

Peter Bendheim
photograph

Peter Bendheim

Peter Bendheim
photograph

Peter Bendheim

Peter Bendheim
photograph
 


Peter Bendheim at the Durban Art Gallery

'Snap' is an exhibition of photographs by Peter Bendheim who is well known in Durban as the editor of Metro Beat magazine. The photographs on this exhibition were first shown on Bendheim's first solo exhibition at artSPACE durban in October 2005. The photos reveal images of Durban and other places that go beyond the conventional representation of Durban as depicted in tourist brochures and postcards.

Bendheim states: 'To me, the city is full of vibrancy, noise, colours and movement. There are moments of humour and moments that are sad and touching. Life here is a rapidly passing parade, and I wanted to capture some of its fleeting nature, some of its intimacy and some of its hot and tropical brashness.'

Opens: The exhibition is on view during September



'Jabulisa: The Art and Craft of KwaZulu-Natal' at the Tatham Art Gallery

'Jabulisa 2006: The Art and Craft of KwaZulu-Natal' showcases 185 works by 134 artists and crafters that provide a visually exciting and intellectually challenging perspective of what is currently being produced in the province. Works range from traditional Zulu ceramics and basketry through to embroideries, tapestries, paintings, sculpture, prints, installations and new media works.

'Jabulisa 2006' has been co-curated by Jill Addleson (former Curator of Collections at Durban Art Gallery) and Brendan Bell, Director of the Tatham Art Gallery and is the third major exhibition to be organised by the Natal Arts Trust.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue and will tour the regional art museums of KwaZulu-Natal before embarking on a national tour.

Opens: September 7
Closes: November 12


Lee Scott Hempson

Lee Scott Hempson
Untitled, detail
mixed media
120cm x 190cm
 


Lee Scott Hempson at artSPACE durban

The works on Lee Scott Hempson's 'Daily Narratives' cover a number of themes ranging from the artist's childhood memories to thoughts on family, love, relationships, spirituality and fears. Hempson uses autobiographical as well as everyday common and iconic symbols and images that convey particular meanings and have certain associations for the viewer.

Opens: September 18
Closes: October 7


Makiwa Mutomba

Makiwa Mutomba
Green Girl
oil on board
75cm x 55cm
 


Makiwa Mutomba at artSPACE durban

The Art Room and artSPACE durban jointly host this exhibition of paintings by Makiwa Mutomba. Mutomba is a young Zimbabwean with no formal training. Says the artist, 'I strive to show beauty where there is no beauty, and to show colour where there is only black and white.'

Opens: September 18
Closes: October 7


Corina Lemmer

Corina Lemmer
Cattlescape
 


Corina Lemmer at the Tatham Art Gallery

Corina Lemmer's work on this exhibition focuses on themes of cattle and crockery, hence its title 'Cattle and Cups'. For Lemmer, her 'cattlescapes' of densely massed cattle act as a metaphor for humans being herded helplessly along through circumstances. Her interest in teacups and tablescapes is based on her experiences as a farmer's wife and a mother. Teacups are used to depict a culture of feminine values associated with serving, which is slipping away with constantly changing cultural and social values.

Lemmer was raised on a farm in KwaZulu-Natal and studied Design and History of Art at the University of Pretoria. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions throughout the country and has her work represented in a number of private and public collections in the province. The artist will be in residence during her exhibition.

Opens: September 28
Closes: November 12

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