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DURBAN

01.07.07 'Images of Remembrance' at the DUT Art Gallery
01.07.07 'Malleable' at artSPACE durban
01.07.07 'Start: The Nivea Art Award' at the KZNSA Gallery
01.07.07 'Animal Tales' at the African Art Centre
01.07.07 'Breathing Spaces' at the Durban Art Gallery
01.07.07 'Common ground' at the KZNSA Gallery

03.06.07 Andrew Verster at the KZNSA Gallery
03.06.07 'Messages and Meaning' at the Durban Art Gallery
03.06.07 Truida Norval at Bean Bag Bohemia
03.06.07 The Printemps Collaborative at Bean Bag Bohemia

DURBAN

Lukas van Vuuren

Lukas van Vuuren
Flag at City 1998
mixed media


'Images of Remembrance' at the DUT Art Gallery

'Images of Remembrance', initially curated by Frances van Melsen in 1998, will be on view at the DUT Art Gallery from July 6.

The exhibition consists of mixed media panels created by artist Lukas van Vuuren, which were based on photographs taken by DUT lecturer Joey Rampersad and students. The re-hanging of this exhibition coincides with the Towards an Africa without Borders Conference, which will be held between July 5 and July 8 at the DUT.

The exhibition is to be opened by Prithiraj Dullay.

Opens: July 6
Closes: August 25


Bronwen Vaughan-Evans

Bronwen Vaughan-Evans
Home is Where the Heart is (detail)
gesso and oil on board


'Malleable' at artSPACE durban

'Malleable' considers the diverse intentions of artists whose creative fruition is made possible by the seductive and versatile medium of paint. Its physical structure has the potential to describe concept and emotion of immense diversity and depth. Collectively the invited artists' varied approaches to paint help describe such qualities.

Choice of technique, colour, tone and subject are seldom accidental. Whether it is conscious or subconscious, numerous decisions are made during the creation of a work. The resulting uniqueness of each artist's work is what the show is about, how paint has enabled such manifestations of individual concerns to exist.

The exhibition, to be opened by Andrew Verster, features the work of Pascale Chandler, Nathi Gumede, Zama Dunywa, Grace Kotze, Virginia MacKenny, Danielle Malherbe, Anet Norval, Jenny Parsons, Janet Solomon, Bronwen Vaughan-Evans and Marlene Wasserman.

Opens: July 9
Closes: July 28



'Start: The Nivea Art Award' at the KZNSA Gallery

25 finalists were recently selected for participation in the 'Start: The Nivea Art Award' by a panel of judges including Nathi Gumede, Sfiso KaMkame, Storm Janse van Rensburg, Julia Meintjes, Anthea Martin and Gabisile Nkosi.

These finalists include aspiring artists from all over KwaZulu-Natal, who have not yet held or participated in a major exhibition. The finalists are commissioned to create an artwork that reflects the theme 'Moments of interaction between people, reflecting one or all of Nivea's core values - care, reliability, understanding, humanity, love and harmony'.

An awards ceremony and exhibition opening will be held on July 10, where a first prize of R20 000, a second prize of R10 000 and a third of R5 000 will be announced.

Opens July 10
Closes: July 29


Widus Mtshali

Widus Mtshali
Cat Catching Fish
wood

Widus Mtshali

Widus Mtshali
Three Birds in a Bow
wood


'Animal Tales' at the African Art Centre

'Animal Tales' is a group exhibition of wood sculptures by artists Timothy Mlambo, Themba Khumalo, Widus Mtshali, Sibusiso Gumede and June Mpontshi. The exhibition is on view at the African Art Centre from July 11 until July 29.

Opens: July 11
Closes: July 29


Jenny Gordon

Jenny Gordon
black and white photograph

Jenny Gordon

Jenny Gordon
Olga Labuschagne, her grandson Quinton
and his friend Peter in her flat,
Hime Street, Austerville. September 2003
colour photograph


'Breathing Spaces' at the Durban Art Gallery

'Breathing Spaces': Environmental Portraits of Durban's Industrial South' is a photographic exploration of three Durban neighbourhoods - Wentworth, Merebank and Lamontville. The exhibition consists of photography by Jenny Gordon from Rhodes School of Journalism and Media Studies and research by Marijke du Toit of Historical Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Gordon's photographs are juxtaposed with decades-old studio and other family photographs drawn from the personal collections of people living in the South Durban neighbourhoods. These are accompanied by images taken by residents - adults and teenagers - during photography workshops run by her.

Durban's urban geography reflects race and class inequities that persist beyond apartheid. Wentworth, Merebank and Lamontville (formely categorised as 'coloured', 'Indian' and 'African') are located in the immediate vicinity of refineries and other industry. The area has been the centre of much controversy and activism about the levels of industrial pollution experienced by residents. The exhibition is an inquiry into what it means to live in an environment still strongly structured by the geographies of apartheid city planning, by poverty and industrial pollution.

The exhibition explores how environmental injustice translates into day-to-day living and how people have made lives for themselves, also asking questions about gender and identity, and the experience of people from different generations. The photographs will be accompanied by extracts from interviews that seek to historicise and bring a range of personal and 'local' responses to the photographs into the space of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be complemented by an educational programme in the form of guided tours for local schools and a focussed workshop series that will explore possibilities for autobiographical and other creative writing inspired by the exhibition photographs.

Opens: July 12
Closes: August 21


Raksha Gorbardan

Raksha Gorbardan
ceramic

Carla da Cruz

Carla da Cruz
ceramic


'Common Ground' at the KZNSA Gallery

'Common Ground' features new works from artists Raksha Gobardan, Vena Naidoo, Carla da Cruz, Witty Nyide, Lindsay Phillips and Alison North. Numerous students have passed through the Durban University of Technology's Ceramics Department over the years under the guidance of Hendrik Stroebel. The seven participating artists illustrate a cross section of ceramicists produced by the department in the last decade.

Head of the DUT Fine Art Department John Roome will be open the exhibition.

Opens: July 31
Closes: August 19


Andrew Verster

Andrew Verster
Design for Tapestry
collage

Andrew Verster

Bodyworks (detail) 2007
oil on canvas


Andrew Verster at the KZNSA Gallery

'Now and Then' features unseen works by Durban artist Andrew Verster. These works are from Verster's private collection, including the series Bodyworks of monumental tattooed figures, a series of large landscapes entitled Primary Landscapes and models for the opera La Traviata, for which the artist designed the sets and costumes.

On show is also a series of 50 collage compositions for tapestry and maquettes for architectural projects and beadwork designs.

Opens: June 19
Closes: July 8


Thomas Nkuna

Thomas Nkuna
Amandla Ilizwe i Afrika 1989
oil on canvas

Yinka Shonibar

Yinka Shonibare
Diary of a Victorian Dandy: 14h00 hours 1998
C-type print


'Messages and Meaning' at the Durban Art Gallery

'Messages and Meaning', an exhibition showcasing MTN's art collection, opens at the Durban Art Gallery on June 7.

Including over 100 pieces, the exhibition features contemporary works by Ghanaian Kwesi Owusu-Ankomah and Nigerian-born Yinke Shonibare. Work from the collection by KZN artists includes pieces by Jan Jordaan, Sthembiso Sibisi, Andries Botha, John Roome and Sfiso Ka Mkame among many others.

The exhibition is accompanied by 'Messages and Meaning': the MTN Art Collection which will be for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Gallery's library and education programme.

Walkabouts and an educational campaign are also planned.

Opens: June 7
Closes: July 29


Truida Norval

Truida Norval


Truida Norval at Bean Bag Bohemia

'Infusion: Something old and something new' by Port Elizabeth-based artist Truida Norval opens at Bean Bag Bohemia on June 13.

Having been brought up on a farm in the Karoo during an era when the role of the woman was that of housewife and homemaker, Norval attempts, in her creative process, to reflect this feminine spirit and her Afrikaner heritage of self-sufficiency.

Norval has created soft furnishings and knitted items for commercial design shops in Cape Town, including LIM and Heartworks. She uses a combination of materials in her works such as recycled teabags, beads, old pattern paper, wool, silk, lace, buttons, paper, wax and pencil drawings.

Opens: June 13
Closes: July 13


The Printemps Collaborative

The Printemps Collaborative
Equation
digital painting on canvas
850cm x 1200cm


The Printemps Collaborative at Bean Bag Bohemia

The Printemps Collaborative is an artistic collaboration between an artist, a scientist and two engineers. Led by fine artist and graphics designer Moya Evans, the group includes husband and wife duo Leigh-Anne and David Fraser, and long-time friend Tim Oellermann.

Printemps merges traditional fine art and graphics techniques with digital methods and printing; free creative expression with scientific precision; imagination with facts. The pieces created by Printemps are the collective distillation of the efforts of its four members, reflecting a novel amalgamation of often widely differing viewpoints.

Opens: June 13
Closes: July 13

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